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 6:1 ( posted 8-13-13 )

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

 

Let's continue.

 

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? “

 

The Greek word “ epimenomen “ translated “ Shall we continue “ means to stay over, remain, tarry.

 

To study this chapter fully I want to lay some groundwork concerning established church doctrines within the body of Christ – that is, evangelicalism and doctrines within religions;

 

  1. The doctrine of perfection – that is, after salvation no matter what we do it is never sin. Those who believe in Jesus are complete, whole and perfect and can never commit sin...therefore are no more sinners.  This is based on grace.

  2. The doctrine of eternal security – that is, after salvation we can never lose our salvation even if we choose to live as we lived before salvation, live with no commitment to Jesus and live with no continued commitment of faith in Jesus. Lock stock and barrel, we are eternally secure...even without faith ( which is interesting since they say that we are saved by faith ) Again, this is based on grace. If such a person undeniably gets messed up in the world then he or she is written off as never having been saved to begin with.

  3. The doctrine of universal salvation – that is, every human being is automatically saved because Jesus died not only for the sins of those who believe in Him but He died for the sins of the whole world as well. Therefore, no repentance, faith or commitment is necessary and as with the doctrine of “ eternal security “ ( which actually came from a world religion ) no continued faith and commitment is necessary. Again, this is all based on grace.

  4. The doctrine of predestination – that is, some human beings are pre -programmed to be saved while the rest of humanity is pre – programmed to go to eternal hell. No repentance, no faith and no commitment is necessary for salvation. If you are preselected to be saved there is no need for repentance or faith. This is based on grace. As with the doctrines of perfection, eternal security and universal salvation no repentance, obedience to any of Jesus' commands, continuance of faith, abstaining from sin, etc... is necessary. For the lucky ones who are pre – programmed to be saved this is based on grace...but contrary to what Paul said, without the need for faith. The unlucky ones who are pre – programmed to go to eternal hell are rejected from grace because God preselects who He will bestow His grace upon. Therefore, God's grace is limited.

  5. The doctrine of grace – that is, God accepts us just as we are...no repentance, faith and definitely no continuance in faith is necessary.

 

Keep in mind and understand that these are church and religious doctrines based on select verses in the Holy Bible.

As I have always done in my Bible studies, I will show you the other verses that are wilfully rejected because they disagree with the established church doctrine.

 

In the verse of our study Paul declares that it is possible to continue living in sin even after salvation.

 

If we deny and willfully reject the reality of our condition even after salvation then we will never fully understand this chapter.

 

If it was not possible to continue living in sin after salvation then Paul would not have said;

Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? “

 

The Greek word “ hamartia “ translated “ sin “ means sin.

It is the same Greek word Paul used later in this chapter when he said;

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

 

The writer of Hebrews, James and John also calls it sin in the life of the believer.

 

 

Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. “ Hebrews 12:4

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. “  James 4:17

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. “  1 John 1:8

 

My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: “  1 John 2:1

 

If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. “   1 John 5:16

 

However, the same John who calls sin, sin declares that after salvation a believer cannot sin;

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. “  1 John 3:9

The Greek word “ dunatai “ translated “ cannot “ means to be able or possible, could, may, might.

My friend, John is not contradicting himself nor is he contradicting Paul, the writer of Hebrews or James.

The way to understand John saying after salvation a believer cannot commit sin is to connect this phrase with what he just got through saying at the beginning of this statement;

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin;... “

The Greek word John uses “ poiei “ translated “ commit “ means to do, continue, commit, to make, execute, exercise.

The idea is quite plain that it means to willfully live in sin.

In other words, just as Jesus said we will know them by their fruit, so John is saying that whoever is saved will not continue to live in sin.

Likewise, just as John in this same statement calls sin, sin when he said someone who is saved will not continue living in sin, was not denying the reality of sin when he said one who is saved cannot sin.

Clearly what John meant was one who is saved is not desirous to continue living in sin...not that the wrong he does is no longer called sin.

The point is he or she does not want to continue living in sin because of his love for Jesus and his relationship with Jesus.

Sin is still sin and can be committed by one who is saved.

The difference in one who is saved and one who is not is that he or she will not willfully continue living in sin since the desire is no longer there...or at least suppressed.

 

I will continue with verse 2 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

John 12:7-8 ( posted 8-8-13 )

Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.

For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.

 

Let's continue.

 

 

Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.

 

This is interesting.

 

According to Jesus, Mary kept the ointment for this moment to commemorate the death and burial of Jesus.

Jesus spoke often of His death and resurrection.

While His disciples missed this point in Jesus' teachings, Mary seemed to remember and understand this was soon to happen.

 

If you remember in my earlier study we learned that Martha knew of this too;

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. “   John 11:25-27

 

Notice that Martha did not oppose what Mary was doing...except that she needed help in the kitchen;

Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.

And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.

But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.

And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:

But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.   Luke 10:38-42

 

Jesus publicly declared that what Mary was doing was in connection to His death.

Mary knew this in her heart.

Some people knew and believed why Jesus came to earth.

If you remember in my earlier study we learned that Jesus said that Abraham rejoiced in this fact;

Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he sawit,and was glad.

Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 

Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.    John 8:56-58

 

The reason Abraham rejoiced was because he knew that the death and resurrection of Jesus would mean his salvation.

 

 

For the poor always ye have with you;...

 

Most people believe the myth that God created poor people to be poor and created the rich to be rich.

This is generally based on the wrongly interpreted verse in the Bible that says;

The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.  “   Proverbs 22:2

 

What Solomon said was the fact that God created all people. He did not create people to be in the condition they are in.

People reject verses in the Bible that plainly teach our condition in life is a choice we made for ourselves;

He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.    Proverbs 28:13

 

“  Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger. “ Proverbs 19:15

 

Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.    Proverbs 20:13

 

“  For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.  For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.  Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. “ 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12

 

The standard of rich and poor as society observes it to be obviously varies throughout the world, dependoing on the local economy.

It is interesting that even who is considered to be a world standard economically poor person is considered rich in God's eyes if he or she believes in Jesus Christ.

 

 

but me ye have not always.

 

Mary knew that Jesus was not only going to die and be resurrected but she also knew that He was going to ascend back to Heaven from which He came and that He would not be presently visible with them anymore.

 

 

I will continue with verse 9 in the next study.

 

 

Wayne Brown

Romans 5:15-21 ( posted 8-1-13 )

But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

  And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.

  For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

 

Let's continue.

 

Keep in mind that the only way Adam is compared to Jesus is in that by one man did much result from both and the fact that both are human – that is, as through one man Adam, were all human beings condemned, so as by one man Jesus are many able to be redeemed.

 

 

But not as the offence, so also is the free gift.”

 

The Greek word  “ paraptoma “ translated “ offence “ means willful transgression, sin, fault, trespass.

 

The Greek word “ charisma “ translated “ free gift “ means gratuity, deliverance, endowment, religious qualification, miraculous faculty, free gift.

Webster adds the meaning to “ charisma “ as - “ to rejoice at.”

 

Paul is telling us that unlike the sin of Adam which resulted in condemnation to eternal hell, the free gift of Jesus Christ results in eternal life with Him.

 

 

For if through the offence of one many be dead, “

Always remember when Jesus said clearly;

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:17

 

 

much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. “

 

The Greek word “ charis “ translated “ grace “ also means gift, grace, gracious, acceptance, favor, benefit, pleasure,  joy liberality, thankworthy.

 

In the verse of our study there is yet another Greek word “ dorea “ translated “ gift “ which also means gratuity, gift.

Paul is not telling us there are multiple gifts through and in God's grace. Jesus Christ is the one and only gift of God through and in God's grace which includes the following;

  1. forgiveness

  2. justification

  3. cleansing

  4. deliverance

  5. being born again, rebirthed spiritually into God's family

  6. righteousness

  7. eternal life

    and more.

Just always remember that all these things are in and through Jesus and in and through Him only - God's gift to the world.

Jesus confirmed this when He said to the woman at the well;

Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.    John 4:10

 

Notice Paul said that even though the result of one man's sin Adam was devastating, even more than that is the gift of God.

In other words, God outdid what Adam's transgression did.

 

 

 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. “

 

Paul is telling us that the judgment of God because of one sin committed by Adam resulted in condemnation for all humanity, so the many sins of all humanity through the free gift of God, Jesus Christ, resulted in justification.

 

 

For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)  “

 

Notice Paul does not believe in universal salvation – that is, the common belief that all human beings automatically are saved and will end up in Heaven based on these verses;

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. “   John 1:29

 

And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. “   1 John 2:2

 

In the verse of our study Paul clearly tells us that it is only those who receive God's grace, not those who don't;

... they which receive  ... “

Unfortunately, not everyone will believe in the only begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. “

 

Paul is telling us that by the sin of one man Adam came condemnation to all people, the righteous life of Jesus as the free gift to us from God results in our justification.

Always remember what the criminal on the cross said about Jesus;

And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. “   Luke 23:41

 

 

 

For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.  “

 

Paul is telling us that by the disobedience of one man Adam all human beings were made sinners, so by the obedience of one man Jesus, will those who believe in Him be made righteous.

It was Adam's sin of disobedience that God judged and condemned.

 

 

Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:  “

 

If you remember in my earlier study we learned that sin is not imputed where there is no law.

(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. “ Romans 5:13

 

However, Paul also told us that God put His Law in the heart of all human beings even though it was not the written Law of Moses;

For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) “   Romans 2:14-15

Paul also said that everyone is without excuse when they stand before God in judgment whether they heard the gospel preached or not;

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

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

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. “   Romans 1:18-21

Technically, humanity has always had the Law of God but God's plan was to have the written Law of Moses make sin that already existed to not just exist but to abound;

Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound.

 

God did this so that He would make His grace abound even more than sin can abound;

But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:  “

 

My friend, God's mercy boggles my mind.

 

 

  That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Again, Paul emphasizes how even though sin results in condemnation, God's grace through Jesus Christ results in eternal life.

 

To receive the grace of God we must believe in Jesus, God's only begotten Son.

 

This ends chapter 5.

 

I will continue with chapter 6 of Romans in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown