John 12:31 ( posted 11-26-13 )

Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

 

 

Let's continue.

 

Now is the judgment of this world:

 

We will find that later in this chapter we are studying, Jesus clearly said;

And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.John 12:47

 

At this moment Jesus inferred who will be the judge...referring to His Father;

He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. John 12:48

Even though Jesus said;

Now in the verse of our study, keep in mind that a day is as a thousand years and a thousand years is as a day to the Lord;

But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 2 Peter 3:8

Nowcan be a very long time to us but to the Lord, almost immediate.

From the moment Jesus made this statement, in actuality the judgment of this world is at least ( though not limited to ) a two-fold process over a period of time consisting of more than 3007 years.

The signing of the 7 year peace treaty the “ antichrist “ brings the Jews and the Arabs to agreeing on in the future, commonly known among evangelicals as the 7 year tribulation period is referred to in the Holy Bible as the time of God's wrath. This is at least 2000 years from the time Jesus made this statement about this world's judgment being Now.

The next form of judgment is another 1000 years after this when God brings fire down from Heaven on the armies who once again gather around Jerusalem to destroy Jesus and the Jews...after satan is released from the abyss.

And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. Revelation 20:7-9

 

The final judgment will be an undetermined length of time after this.

And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:11-15

 

Again, keep in mind this final judgment will be at least 3007 years from the moment Jesus made this statement in the verse of our study.

 

 

 

now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

 

The Greek word “ archon “ translated prince means ruler, chief, magistrate, a first in rank or power.

Jesus said clearly about satan;

Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. “   John 14:30

 

Paul called satan the god of this world;

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. “ 2 Corinthians 4:4

 

Once again, the now Jesus referred to in the verse of our study;

now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

will not happen to satan for at least 3007 years from the moment Jesus said this.

And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Revelation 20:10

 

 

Satan as the “ god “ and “ prince “ of this present world still has the ability to deceive and to mislead.

However, because of the death of Jesus, for those of us who believe in Jesus, satan has no stronghold over us. His power has been broken.

Yes, He can deceive even those of us who believe in Jesus but he has no power over people who believe in Jesus.

 

I will continue with verse 32 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

Summary of Romans Chapter One ( Part 3 )

 

Homosexuality is in every religion and branch of evangelicalism…as well as the secular world.

Bisexual people, which are the same as homosexuals since it includes lust for the same sex as well as the opposite sex, are in every religion and branch of evangelicalism.

Just because the person is married to the opposite sex, this does not mean a thing anymore.

I knew of a man who had to have a marriage with the opposite sex to keep his position within a corporation. She lived her life and he his own.

I also know a born again christian Pentecostal woman who lusts for pretty women.

I know people who would be shocked if they knew that I know they are gay or bisexual.

 

As it is known worldwide that this is not uncommon within religions, this is not uncommon among evangelicals…both church leaders and attenders.

When I ran from the Lord and went to bars and nightclubs, I was hit on by gay men and bisexual men. I learned how to recognize these people even from a distance.

So, when I realize what their sexual preference is, I do not treat them any different than I do anyone else. I have worked on the job with gay and bisexual people and have had many friends who are. I know I disappoint them when they learn I’m not interested in them sexually but nevertheless, we remain friends.

I’ve lost 2 gay friends who died of aids and I have seen what aids does.

It is terrible.

 

I say this to the gay community.

There are many religious leaders and evangelical church leaders who protest against you through politics, going through Washington D.C. and in any other way they can condemn you openly, who themselves are either gay or bisexual…even though they are married with children! 

They are on TV and the radio and have no shame in their hypocritical lifestyle as they condemn you.

 

I will not deny that homosexuality and being bisexual is sin and this lifestyle is by the person’s own choice according to what the apostle Paul wrote in Romans chapter one… but I cannot condemn homosexuals to hell with no hope of them having the chance to be  saved if they would just acknowledge that according to God, what they are doing is by their own choice and is a willful act of sin against God.

 

But so is lying, cheating, hatred, jealousy, envy, pride, bearing false witness, gossiping, backbiting, whispering and all the other sins Paul listed in Romans chapter one considered sin as well.

All sin needs to be repented of.

Paul said;

“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:  “       Acts 17:30

 

But we have to have a working conscience to acknowledge that we sin and need to repent.

The Bible does warn us that there will come a time when God will give up on us and turn us over to our sin we love so much with no chance of ever coming to repentance.

Just as with the nonbeliever that refuses to acknowledge his sin and repent of it God can and will reject him and turn him over to a condition in which there is no ability to repent, so with a believer if he willfully habitually lives in a sin he loves so much, God will declare him to not inherit the Kingdom of God.

However we wish to interpret that, and whatever Paul meant by this and to what extent he meant this, it can and will happen to even a born again christian.

This is how serious God looks at sin.

 

But there is hope for us.

If we admit we are sinners, repent and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ and everything He claimed to be, even Jesus’ claim to be God in the flesh and literally the only way anyone can make it to Heaven after physical death, God will pardon our sin and make us one of His own.

But this only comes through putting our inner faith in Jesus Christ.

I’m hearing recently more and more friends I have who are coming down with incurable diseases or who have family and friends who are, who do not know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

But even if we are not dying of a disease, if we feel helpless and useless and without hope of coming out of our sinful lifestyle, Jesus lived up to God’s standard of holiness and righteousness for us and if we put our inner faith in Jesus, He forgives us based on Jesus’ righteousness and sacrifice of Himself for us.

 

There is hope but according to the Holy Bible our only hope is in Jesus Christ.

Again, we can gamble our inner faith on anything or anyone we wish.

But for me, I will physically die and go into eternity trusting and believing in my Jesus…my Lord and my Savior.

And as long as I keep believing in Him I will remain in Him.

My salvation is only as good as my faith in Jesus is.

If I stop believing, then I’m no longer saved.

If I continue to believe in Jesus, I stay saved.

Why?

Because the Bible says our salvation is by grace through…faith.

There is no grace without faith.

It is our faith that keeps us in the race.

This is what the Bible teaches.

According to Jesus Himself, Paul, Peter and the entire Bible, if I continue believing in Jesus to the end of life and never change my faith to anyone or anything else, I will make it to Heaven after I physically die.

 

I want to do one more text on this summary of Romans chapter one.

 

Wayne Brown

Summary of Romans Chapter One - Part 2

 

I suggest that you read my studies on Romans Chapter one. These are quite extensive studies and I go through each verse and each phrase.

 

God revealed to us as human beings Himself and His plan of salvation but it is up to us to accept Him or not.

God gave us the right to choose who or what we wish and desire to put our inner faith in.

God gave all human beings the right to believe in who or whatever we want.

We should respect God for that alone, if for no other reason.

The choice to believe in who or what, is ours and ours alone.

We are not pre-programmed to believe in who or whatever.

We have the right to choose who or what we want to believe in.

The blessing or consequence after we physically die from our own willful choice of who or what we wish to believe in is the result of our own choice while still in this earthly life and we will not be able to blame anyone else for the outcome after we draw that last breath in this present life.

We will forever remember who or what we chose to believe in, no matter where we end up after we physically die.

 

Paul confirms to us in Romans chapter one what was already said by Moses centuries ago;

“…My spirit shall not always strive with man,…”         Genesis 6:3

The Hebrew word for “ strive ” means plead.

My friend, there will come a time when God will give up on us…that is, if we continually reject His call to repentance.

I still believe a person can come to salvation on his or her death bed, but according to the Holy Bible, there is also a chance God will give up on us and turn us over to a reprobate mind while we are still in this earthly life. It depends on how defiant the person persists on being.

Because of continual rejection of God’s truth that He placed in human beings, He might just turn us over to the sins we love so much.

Paul said;

“  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, “   Romans 1:24

 

“ And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; “    Romans 1:28

 

Not only will this happen to the nonbeliever to the point he or she will never acknowledge he is a sinner, repent and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, so it will happen to a believer who once believed and was born again, saved, sanctified, made whole, made complete, and made a new creation in Christ Jesus, who later makes the decision to willfully compromise, or even change his or her faith from the “ the faith “ to someone or something else.

The writer of Hebrews said;

“ For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,

And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,

If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. “    Hebrews 6:4-6

And for those of you who are seriously studying the Holy Bible, there is no “ if “ in the Greek in this phrase. In the Greek the conjuction “ and “ is written in the mss.

 

However, there is good news according to the Holy Bible for these people mentioned in Romans chapter one as opposed to;

“ those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,

And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, “

who will never again be saved or even be able to return to salvation in Jesus Christ;

“ And they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. “

 

A born again christian who departs from “ the faith “ can never return to salvation.

This is what the apostle Paul called “ apostasy. “ 2 Thessalonians 2:3

This is wo Jesus referred to when He said;

They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. “       Luke 8:13

But a nonbeliever who never was saved, even though he is practicing the sins mentioned in Romans chapter one, still has the chance to escape eternal hell and live in Heaven forever with Jesus…that is, if he or she repents from these sins.

This includes even the sin of homosexuality - that is, if he or she repents of this sin and believes in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Unfortunately, evangelical christians spend more time condemning homosexuals rather than trying to lead them to Jesus.

While many evangelical church leaders condemn homosexuals, they themselves are involved in watching pornography, which is in reality lusting after both sexes.

Thus, evangelicals who view pornography are bisexual, meaning they are as much lustful toward both sexes as homosexuals are for the same sex.

The sexual turn on evangelical christians get off on while viewing pornography is from watching both sexes sexually perform to the ultimate of their physical satisfaction.

 

I once had a nonbeliever friend tell me a man performing oral sex on him was

“ different.”

But he enjoyed it.

But even if we never physically experience sex with the same sex, if we view pornography and get turned on by it, it means we are lusting after both sexes and that makes us bisexual, in reality the same sin as homosexuality… lusting for the same sex.

 

Having lived in the world I learned to recognize homosexuals and bisexuals by many ways.

One way was by their talk.

It disgusts me to hear evangelical church leaders talk on the radio, and to watch them on TV while I know by their voice and their mannerisms that they are bisexual.

What disgusts me is to hear them condemn homosexuals while they themselves practice bisexuality or watch pornography or do both.

 

I posted a news article about an evangelical church that advertised its church on a billboard sign with a scantilly clad young girl so to draw crowds to the church.

There is an evangelical christian radio station here where I live that has a woman with a sexy voice as a DJ during the afternoon hours on weekdays.

I’m sure her voice draws listeners.

Today, even evangelical churches know that sex sells.

My friend, if we as evangelical christians, either in church leadership or merely attending church are involved in the same sin or sins that we condemn the world of doing, we are hypocrites!

The world laughs at us.

And rightly so!

 

I will continue with this summary on Romans chapter one soon.

 

Wayne Brown

Summary of Romans Chapter One - ( Part 1 )

Chapter one of the book of Romans is a part of the Bible that is rejected and/or ignored by both secular and religious society, mainly because of fear of its content.

Society in general, including both what the Holy Bible refers to as the “ believer “ and the “ nonbeliever “ has trouble with this chapter because Paul gets down to the roots of our existence as human beings.

Chapter one of Romans describes human beings as we really are.

While every culture within society around the world, both secular and religious has its own philosophical views and opinions of what makes human beings function characteristically with all the inconsistencies, paradoxes and contradictions within each philosophical view, the Holy Bible is straightforward and clear concerning its assessment of us as human beings.

Whether we believe the Holy Bible to be the actual word from the living God to us as human beings or not, it is a fact that when any of us read it, we know in our heart the Holy Bible cuts us to the quick because in our conscience we know it describes us as we really are. This is why most people want nothing to do with the Holy Bible. It makes us see ourselves as we really are and most human beings prefer to live in denial. People search and search for a religion, doctrine, belief or philosophy that satisfies the craving of their itching ears for whatever will appease them in their willful denial.

This is also why many people, both believers and nonbelievers reject chapter one of Romans along with countless other verses in the Bible…it speaks the truth about us as we really are and in reality as we personally know ourself to be.

As in general society, within evangelicalism chapter one of Romans is rarely discussed because it is considered offensive…just as the following are.

1.) eternal hell,

2.) speaking in tongues

3.) the Holy Spirit, including His total existence with His gifts and His works as part of His role in the relationship of a human being with God who comes to believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior

4.) eternal damnation

5.) God’s judgment

6.) sin

7.) Jesus claiming to be literally the only way a human being can make it to Heaven

8.) anything at all that Jesus claimed about Himself

and more…

Since all these topics are considered by people who were once Bible believing followers of Jesus Christ to now be offensive to society, a compromise among many evangelicals of their faith in “ the faith “ has been achieved in the name of getting along with those who do not believe in Jesus.

It is funny…all my life I have worked with and made friends with people from all religions, beliefs, faiths, doctrines, philosophies, even atheists, and I have never had to compromise my faith in Jesus Christ just to get along with them. They still liked me and liked being around me and I liked them the same.

We shared our faith and belief and still got along just fine.

Even Jesus wined and dined with sinners and yet still remained Who and What He is.

By the way, atheists believe in God’s existence like any other human being.

Whose name do they use when they curse and swear?

Who do they blame for problems in their life and in the world?

The same person they say does not exist!   LOL

But what is happening in evangelicalism - that is, to born again christians today is in itself a prophecy about the last days that the same writer of this book of Romans, Paul, prophesied about followers of Jesus who will depart “the faith “ before Jesus returns.

No matter what you might have been told...a person cannot believe bits and pieces of "the faith" and be of and remain in " the faith."

 

We learned from chapter one of Romans that God gave all human beings the knowledge of Himself and His existence.

God manifested and showed all human beings what God wanted human beings to know about Himself;

“ Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. “

Who the righteousness of God and the wrath of God is, is also revealed to us as human beings. This is the knowledge of Jesus Christ His Son, and Him being the only way of salvation and the only way to make it to Heaven after physical death.

Abraham, even having lived centuries before Jesus was born, like these people Paul wrote about, knew of Jesus.

Jesus said;

 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. “ John 8:56

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. “      John 8:58

 

I will continue my summary of Romans chapter one soon.

 

Wayne Brown