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

Forgiveness

For those of you who know me personally, if I do not talk to you spiritually or talk to you as a born again christian, it is because I do not think you belong to the Lord.

Paul said;

" Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. "     2 Timothy 2:19

Yes, it is the Lord who knows who belongs to Him!

" The Lord knoweth them that are his. "

Jesus said clearly about our enemies;

" And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.  Matthew 10:36

And I know from personal experience what Jesus meant here!  LOL

Also, even if you have the chance to get revenge on an enemy by the law of the land and even though getting even with your enemy might be justifiable in the eyes of secular society, Paul said it is better to take the wrong and forgive than to get even by going to court against a brother or sister in Christ;

" Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers. Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. "   1 Corinthians 6:1-10

My friend, if you have been hurt by family or people you trusted, and rightfully have the chance to get even with them by the law and courts of the nation you live in, according to the Holy Bible it is better to take the wrong your enemies dished out and forgive your enemies, rather than to get revenge on them!

So, forgive your enemies!

The Lord will reward you for this!

Always remember this warning from Jesus!

" For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. "   Matthew 6:14-15

You will never hear this statement quoted of Jesus from a follower of John Calvin and/or any liberal grace preaching 21st century evangelical church goer or church pastor!  LOL!

Wayne Brown

John 10:36 continued ( posted 8-8-12 )

“  Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?  “

 

 

Before I continue, I realized in my last study when I reminded you of the Biblical references to sanctification I discussed in my recent Bible studies on the present verse of our study, I left out another Biblical reference to sanctification that I had also discussed earlier in the John study I posted on 7-19-12.

 

So, again I will remind you of the Biblical references to sanctification that I have discussed in my most recent John studies.

 

1.) Paul said that an unbelieving spouse is sanctified by the believing spouse. I discussed this in my John study I posted on 7-19-12.

“ But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.

And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.

For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.

But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.

For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife? “    1 Corinthians 7:12-16

 

2.) We can sanctify ourselves. I discussed this in my John study I posted on 6-19-12.

“ But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. “     1 Peter 3:15-16

“  If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work. “   2 Timothy 2:21

 

3.) The Lord sanctifies us, as mentioned in the present verse of our study. I also discussed this in my John study I posted 6-19-12.

Even though the Bible mentions God the Father, God the Holy Spirit and God the Son Jesus Christ as involved in sanctifying us, they are all one in the same God, not 3 Gods.

This is another truth the Holy Bible teaches us and we either believe it or we do not!

Just as the Holy Bible teaches us that a husband and wife are one in the same flesh in God‘s eyes, and even a prostitue and the man having sex with her are suddenly one in the same flesh in God’s eyes, so is God the Father, God the Holy Spirit and God the Son Jesus Christ all one in the same God.

The choice to either believe this Biblical truth or reject it is ours.

 

whom the Father hath sanctified,

 

That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost. “   Romans 15:16

 

By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.  “   Hebrews 10:10

 

Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: “    Jude 1:1

 

4.)  God sanctified through His word and through our prayers animals and other foods He created for us to eat. I discussed this in my John study I posted on 7-27-12.

Paul said;

For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:

For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. “   1 Timithy 4:4-5

 

Let’s continue.

 

Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?  “

 

While this is the phrase I wanted to discuss, let’s again read the entire statement Jesus makes, which is the verse of our study.

 

“  Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?  “

 

As we learned in an earlier study, the Jews accused Jesus of blasphemy for claiming to be God.

“ The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. “    John 10:33

 

For one claiming to be the Son of God this was generally understood and interpreted as one claiming to be God…which Jesus did.

If you remember in an earlier study we learned that Jesus said clearly He and God the Father are one;

I and my Father are one. “    John 10:30

 

Jesus also said to His Father in a prayer;

And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: “   John 17:22

 

The Jews could not swallow this declaration Jesus made about Himself.

Likewise, I’m learning that some evangelical christians today are having difficulty swallowing this claim Jesus made about Himself.

The Jews accused Jesus of blasphemy.

So far I have not heard any evangelical christians accuse Jesus of blasphemy but rather they simply do not believe this claim Jesus made anymore.

They once believed Jesus' claim but do not anymore.

The rationale behind evangelicals who no longer believe Jesus is God is that if we say Jesus is God then we have more than one God.

So they look at Jesus as the Jews did when they said;

…and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.     John 10:33

 

It was the Jews who introduced to the world the concept of only one existing God.

Some evangelicals now believe this as well but only in the way the Jews do.

The problem they have is believing how Jesus can be God, while being the Son of God, and at the same time be God and one in the same with God.

Likewise evangelicals today, just as the Jews do who actually have little or no knowledge at all of the Holy Spirit of God cannot believe how the Holy Spirit can be God and be one in the same with God.

 

In the next study I want to remain with the present verse of our study and discuss God the Father, God the Holy Spirit, and God the Son Jesus Christ as the Holy Bible teaches them.

 

Wayne Brown

Romans 3:20 continued ( posted 8-6-12 )

“  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. “

 

Let’s continue.

 

I have more to discuss about Paul’s phrase;

“ for by the law is the knowledge of sin. “

 

As I have already said, Paul knew sin existed in him even before the Law.

The Law did not bring sin into existence.

The Law points out the specifics about already existing sin.

As Paul said;

“ What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. “  Romans 7:7

Paul admitted he already lusted, but did not know that lusting would cause him to miss the mark - that is, miss Heaven.

The Greek word “ hamartia “ translated “ sin “ means offence, sin, bad action, evil deed.

“ Hamartia “ is a derivative of the Greek word “ hamartano “ which means to be without a share in, to miss the mark and the Greek word “ hamartein “ which was also understood in Greek culture to mean a failure to hit the mark.

Yes my friend, no matter how you try to exempt sin from being the cause of death and eternal hell as our destination, even by saying we only go to hell because we reject Jesus Christ, this is not entirely true.

Sin does cause eternal separation from God even in this present earthly life.

It takes Jesus and what He did on the cross to exempt us from this condemnation when we place our faith in Jesus.

If we believe in Jesus, then as Paul said;

“ What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. “  Romans 6:21-23

There is no question that according to the Holy Bible, sin brings death and eternal separation from God.

However, since we had the chance to avoid this condemnation as the result of our sin, we also go to eternal hell because we rejected God’s only plan of salvation, Jesus Christ.

I have always said not only will we suffer in hell because of our sins and the magnitude of our suffering in hell will depend on what we did in this present life since some people will suffer worse in hell than others depending on what they did in life, the worse torment in hell will be coming from demons who will constantly be reminding us that we could have escaped eternal hell by believing in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior…if only we had done so.

Can you imagine listening to that forever and ever??

 

When Paul lived without the Law he knew in his heart he did bad things that went against his conscience that God had given him as well as to every human being.

This is why Cain knew murdering his brother Abel was wrong, even before the Law said “ Thou shalt not kill.”

What Paul and Cain did not know at the time was that this would cause them to go to eternal hell.

The Law pointed this out- that is, that all human beings are condemned to eternal hell because of sin.

The Law also points out a way of escaping the eternal damnation of sin.

This way of escape is through Jesus Christ…according to the Law.

Paul said;

“ Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. “   Galatians 3:24

 

So, Paul is telling us in the verse of our study that it is the Law that gives us the knowledge that already existing sin in us condemned us to eternal hell, unless we put our faith in Jesus Christ.

 

I will continue with verse 21 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown