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

Romans 1:7-10 continued

” Rom 1:7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Rom 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. 
Rom 1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers; 
Rom 1:10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you. “


Let’s continue with verse 10.

” Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you. “

The Greek words “deomenos” translated ” Making request” and “eudothesomai” translated ” I might have a prosperous journey “ literally means that Paul begged God to provide the finances and ability to travel to Rome to meet these born again Christians.
Have you ever been so desperate to get an answer form God that you begged Him to answer?
Many times in my own personal life it wasn’t until I begged God, that He would then answer my request. This seems to indicate to God that we mean business.
James said;
” But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
Jas 1:7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. “
James 1:6-7

And later in the book of Romans Paul who said;
” And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb:
Rom 4:20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
Rom 4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 
Rom 4:22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. “
Romans 4:19-22

And as far as begging God for something, Jesus related a story in how we should not give up on asking God for things;
” And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; “ Luke 18:1
In this story Jesus described how this woman begged her ruler to avenge her of an enemy and then he finally said;
“ lest by her continual coming she weary me. “ Luke 18:5

The point in all this is if we intend to ask God for something we should mean business and not be riding the fence on the issue like a politician does, or any person who cannot make up his or her mind as to what he believes, one who goes along with ever wind of doctrine.

Paul meant business when he asked the Lord to help him get to Rome to meet these Christians.

I will continue in the next study with verse 11.
We will learn why Paul wanted to meet these Christians so much.

Wayne Brown

Romans 1:7-10 continuing with verses 7-8, adding verses 9-10

” To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Rom 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. 
Rom 1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;
Rom 1:10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you. “

Let’s continue.

Notice that Paul includes Jesus when he said;
” First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, ” verse 8
The gospel, the faith, is Jesus Christ, being based and focused on Jesus Christ.

Paul commended these Christians in Rome when he said;

” that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. “

Paul said later in this letter he wrote to the church in Rome;
“…according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. “ Romans 12:3
Truly God has given every person a measure of faith.
Who or what we put our faith in is clearly our choice.
Paul commended these Christians for their faith.
Why?
Because they chose to believe in Jesus.
Notice that their faith was talked about throughout the world.
Do people talk about your faith??
Or do people not know what you believe?

Paul said;
” For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers; “
Wow!
Paul is bold to say ” For God is my witness, “.
Are we that honest within ourselves that what we say is the truth that we can say that God is our witness and not lie about it?

Notice Paul said;
” whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, “
Paul said he worships God in his spirit.
If you remember in an earlier study in John, Jesus said;
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. “ John 4:24

Paul also declared that he follows Jesus to get to God.
Jesus clearly said;
“ I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. “ John 14:6
While most, if not all of society believes in God or a god of some sort, Paul declares that he serves God through His Son, Jesus Christ.
This is where most people cannot believe.
The world not only refuses to believe Jesus and everything He said, it hates Jesus.
Jesus told us that the world hates Him and that anyone who follows Him will be hated, because they belong to Him.
The ” gospel of his Son, “ is Biblically, the “good news of His Son".
The reason it is “good news” is because Jesus paid the penalty for our sins and we can be forgiven through believing in Jesus and everything He said.
But society does not want forgiveness for the following reasons;
1.) Society thinks it has not sinned and therefore needs no forgiveness.
2.) If anyone happens to acknowledge he or she has sinned they blame God for it saying “God made me this way” and therefore I’m not responsible.
3.) Society thinks God is too good to let anyone spend eternity in hell, even though society cares nothing about God…period.
4.) Others who happen to acknowledge sin in their life think they can punish themselves for their own sins and therefore “earn” their entrance into Heaven.
5.) Nobody seeks truth nor do they care about truth…only what their itching ears itch to hear. 
6.) People simply hate Jesus.

Paul said he always prayed for these Christians in Rome;
” that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers; “
I’m amused when I hear television media anchor celebrities talk about a news story and then say ” you are in our prayers".
Oh really? LOL 
If you believe that I have ocean front property in the state of Nevada I can sell you for cheap.
My friend, if we say we will pray for someone let’s for sure do it.
If we do not, we lie.
I doubt Paul lied.

I will continue with Romans 1:10 in the next study.

Wayne Brown

John 9:6 ( posted 9-21-10)

 

“ When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, “

Let’s continue.

“ When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, “

In the Greek manuscripts used in the translation of this word there are 2 Greek words used which mean basically the same thing.

The Greek word “epetheken” translated “ anointed “ means to lay upon, put up or on, to set up or on.

In the Greek manuscripts used in the translation of this word there are 2 Greek words used which mean basically the same thing.

One is the Greek word “epetheken” which is just what I got through explaining.

The other Greek word used in some manuscripts is “ epechrisen” which means to rub on, smear over, anoint.

The Greek word “chrisas” which is a form of the Greek word “chrio” as is the Greek word “ epechrisen” also a form of “chrio” Paul used in 2 Corinthians 1:21;

“ Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; “

means to smear or rub on and in this case is obviously meant to be something sacred since we belong to Jesus.

The Greek word “egchrisai” which is also a form of the Greek word “chrio” Jesus used in Revelation 3:18;

“ I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. “

also means to rub in, rub on, to smear, anoint.

Unless these words are used in a religious ceremony or ritual observance, these words merely mean to smear on, rub on or put on.

When interpreted religiously as to anoint, it becomes more of a meaning as to make something sacred…to consecrate something.

Since these words can be used for a regular usage of rubbing something onto someone or something, it is quite obvious that Jesus was not consecrating this blind man’s eyes, nor was Jesus making anything about this blind man out to be sacred.

If you pay attention to the story, Jesus did not yet witness to this blind man...but still healed him.

In other words, there was no faith in this blind man toward Jesus or acknowledgement within this blind man that he was a sinner in need to repent and be saved from his sins.

This blind man did not even ask Jesus to heal him.

So consequently, it is to be understood that Jesus merely smeared the clay He made from His own spit mixed with dirt onto this blind man’s eyes.

Jesus was not blessing him or consecrating this blind man in any way.

As a matter of fact, we will learn later in this chapter that this blind man knew nothing about Jesus;

“ He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see. “ verse 25

Incredible that Jesus would heal this man without repentance and faith from him.

But we will also learn later that Jesus does go to him and witness to him and he does put his faith in Jesus.

I will continue with verse 7 in the next study.

Wayne Brown