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

John 11:36-37 continued ( posted 2-26-13 )

“ Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!

And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? “

 

Let’s continue.

 

It seems that Lazarus was well liked by town folk.

 

Jesus liked him too.

 

These people knew that Jesus had healed others.

 

Martha and Mary had hoped Jesus would have healed Lazarus but instead Jesus let him die.

 

There are times when the Lord waits to answer our prayer.

 

While I have pointed out that our prayers can be hindered because of marital problems, wrong motives in asking, harboring hatred and unforgiveness, and unbelief, it is obvious that none of these reasons were the cause of Jesus not immediately responding by healing Lazarus.

 

Notice, contrary to popular belief, Jesus never said no to their prayer request about Lazarus.

 

Evangelicals have a saying that is quite popular - “ When God says no “.

 

This famous statement is unbiblical.

 

This statement is in truth actually used as an excuse to hide unbelief.

 

The statement - “ When God says no “ coincides with the mythical statement commonly used - “ God controls everything “.

 

This is becoming ever more popular today as faith itself is on the decline not only in secular society but among evangelicals as well.

 

This is why Jesus asked this question about when He returns;

 

I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? “   Luke 18:8

Paul’s main topic of discussion in these verses is about his temptation to glorify himself because of the way the Lord was using him.

 

Read every word carefully so you can get the whole picture of what Paul is saying.

“ It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.

I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.

And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)

How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.

For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.

And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. “   2 Corinthians 12:1-10

Before I go any further I want to say, when you hear someone’s claim to have gone to Heaven and returned, ask them if they were in their body or out.

If they know, how is it that Paul did not know??

“ I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. “

Paul was not only concerned about his own glorying in himself but was also concerned about others glorying in him;

“ For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. “

Paul continued saying;

“ And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, “

On this line of thought Paul continues to say;

“ there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, “

Contrary to most evangelicals today, notice that Paul did not say - “ God gave me this “ or “ God did this to me “ or “ It must be God’s will.”

If we pay attention to what Paul is saying he continues on and even tells us what this thorn in the flesh is;
“ the messenger of Satan to buffet me, “

The Greek word “ kolaphize “ translated “ buffet “ means to rap with the fist, buffet.

This thorn in his flesh as being the messenger of satan to strike him is described in the Old Testament;

“ But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell. “   Numbers 33:55

“ And there shall be no more a pricking brier unto the house of Israel, nor any grieving thorn of all that are round about them, that despised them; and they shall know that I am the Lord GOD. “ Ezekiel 28:24

“ Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths. “   Hosea 2:6

This thorn is never described as a disease.

This is something Jews would understand.

And again, just as he already did repeatedly in these verses, Paul gives the reason why for this thorn;

“ lest I should be exalted above measure. “

 

I’m still not done with this discussion.

I will continue this in the next study.

Always keep your faith in Jesus!

Wayne Brown

Romans 4:9-13 ( posted 2-21-13 )

“ Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.

How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.

And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:

And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.

For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. “

Let’s continue.

Paul is telling us plainly that Abraham was blessed, imputed with the righteousness of God, sealed with this righteousness, and made the father of all human beings who, like him, believe in God’s Son Jesus even before Abraham was circumcised and even before the Law.

All this happened to Abraham at the age of 75, 24 years before he was circumcised and 430 years before Moses wrote the Law.

“ Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. “     Genesis 12:1-4

 

“ After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?

And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.

And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.

And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. “    Genesis 15:1-6

 

It was not until Abraham was 99 years old that he was physically circumcised.

In other words, Abraham was saved for 24 years before circumcision came along.

The Hebrew word “ qum “ translated “ establish “ means confirm, continue, decree, make good, strengthen.

In other words, God told Abraham His already existing covenant He made with him 24 years earlier He would make good on and continue it… but now in his flesh.

When I was a child there was this thing about true friends becoming what we called “ blood brothers ”.

We would cut our flesh, usually on a finger or part of the hand and rub our blood into each other’s blood.

This was a sign we did of a permanent continuation of an already established relationship and friendship.

Circumcision in Abraham’s flesh which came 24 years later after God had already sworn the promises to Abraham and imputed His own righteousness to him based on Abraham’s faith in him, not works, was a more personal sign of the continuance of an already existing relationship between Him and Abraham.

 

My friend, this is another declaration of Paul that entrance into Heaven cannot be earned.

While rewards can only be earned, as unfortunately some of us who believe in Jesus and His blood will not receive when we stand before Jesus at the Judgment Seat of Christ as Paul said;

“ Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.

If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. “    1 Corinthians 3:13-15

entrance into Heaven cannot be earned.

The only reason we will be in Heaven standing before Jesus at the Judgment Seat of Christ will be by God’s grace in response to our faith in His Son Jesus.

Paul said;

“ For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. “    2 Corinthians 5:10

Notice Paul, even telling us that we have been imputed the righteousness of God by faith in God’s Son Jesus said we will still be judged even as born again followers of Jesus for both the good and the bad we do in this earthly body.

“ whether it be good or bad. “

The Greek word “ kakos “ translated “ bad “ means injurious, wicked, evil, worthless, harm, depraved.

Interesting and worthy of our attention.

Even having the righteousness of God imputed to us through our faith in God's Son Jesus, we as believers in Jesus will still have to give account for what we say and do in this earthly body...whether we like it or not and whether we believe these verses or not.

This is one reason Paul told us to examine ourselves to see if we really are in “ the faith.”

“ Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves…“   2 Corinthians 13:5

In doing this we will also keep an eye on our motive, the reason we do what we do for the Lord or do for anyone else.. not to mention our behavior toward others and what we say to others or about others.

The Lord is nobody’s fool.

 

I will continue with verse 14 in the next study.

 

Always keep your faith in Jesus!

 

Wayne Brown

John 11:36-37 continued ( posted 2-19-13 )

“  Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!

And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? “

 

Let’s continue.

 

According to history during World War 2 General Patton asked God for good weather. A miracle happened and the skies cleared.

Patton was not a believer in Jesus Christ but did believe in the existence of God.

Patton actually thought he was Alexander the Great reincarnated.

The point is,God answered his prayer even though he was not a believer in God’s Son Jesus.

 

The man born blind who Jesus healed was also not a believer in God’s Son Jesus but later came to believe after Jesus healed him.

“ He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?

And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.

And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him. “     John 9:36-38

 

I witnessed to a friend at work when I was 18 years old who refused to believe in Jesus.

As I was driving home from work I asked the Lord to heal the warts that were all over his hands as a sign to him, as this was a problem he lived with.

The very next day I noticed his warts were gone and I said - “ Gary, look at your hands.”

He looked at me and said - “ Yeah, I know…”

He knew I had prayed for his hands.

I never knew if he ever came to believe in Jesus…but his hands were healed and this he could not deny.

 

Jesus healed 10 lepers and 9 of the 10 refused to thank Him for healing them.

Only 1 leper did thank Him

“ And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.

And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:

And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.

And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,

And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?

There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.

And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole. “   Luke 17:11-19

 

Always remember that we live in the time of grace.

Rain and the Sun, which in Scripture is meant to be a blessing, is what Jesus said God blesses both the saved and the unsaved with;

“  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. “   Matthew 6:44-45

 

Yes my friend, the Lord will heal both the saved and the unsaved.

And He will answer prayer to both.

 

However, if we believe in God’s Son Jesus, we have a benefit that the unsaved does not share.

According to Jesus we can ask what we will and it will be done for us;

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. “   John 15:7

My friend, this is not a figure of speech concerning problems in life in general only.

Technically this is how the Greek reads -

“ If you remain in me and the words of me in you remains, whatever you wish ask, and it shall happen to you. “

According to Jesus, this is the requirement though;

" If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you..."

 

 

It is quite obvious that it is God’s nature to bless, answer prayer and give rewards since Jesus told us repeatedly to ask for these things and strive for them.

“  And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.

At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:

For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. “  John 16:23-27

 

Always remember…when we pray we must not harbor hatred and vengeance in our heart toward our enemies.

Jesus said clearly just after telling us we can ask for anything and if we believe we received it the we shall have it, that we must forgive our enemies;

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.    Mark 11:24-26

Not only will this hinder us from getting an answer to our prayers we ourselves will not be forgiven for our sins.

These are the verses many evangelicals reject…the 99% and the ½ of the remaining 1% of evangelicals who still actually believe Jesus, God the Father and God the Holy Spirit are the same today as they were 2000 years ago.

 

Always remember that problems within marriage can also hinder our prayers from being answered.

Peter said;

“ Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.  “    1 Peter 3:7

 

Always remember that asking God for things with the wrong motive can hinder our prayers from being answered.

James said;

“ Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.  “   James 4:3

 

Always remember that if you do not believe simply admit it to the Lord…do not pass it off as being His will or that God is in control.

These are typical excuses that the 99% and the other ½ of the remaining 1% of evangelicals use to hide their unbelief.

If we have trouble believing do as the man did who admitted to Jesus that he was having trouble believing;

“ And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. “   Mark 9:24

Jesus was still merciful to him in this situation and will be to us.

If nobody admits their unbelief to Jesus then He simply won’t do anything!

“  And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.

And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching. “    Mark 6:5-6

 

Jesus’ disciples even had trouble believing.

“  And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,

Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.

And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.

Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.

And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.

Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?

And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. “     Matthew 17:14-21

 

I have decided to do one more study on this subject.

 

I will discuss Paul’s “ thorn in the flesh ” which is commonly used by the 99% and the other ½ of the remaining 1% of evangelicals today.

 

Always keep your faith in Jesus!

 

Wayne Brown