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

Losing Weight continued ( posted 11-27-12 )

The first thing to getting victory over being fat is to admit that you have a problem.

When I realized that I was rapidly approaching a 42 waist pant, I said to myself - " That will never happen! "

That is when I got control of my lust for food and decided to put a stop to my indulging in food.

I will continue this soon.

Wayne Brown

Romans 3:24 continued ( posted 11-26-12 )

“   Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:  “

 

Let’s continue.

 

There is yet another aspect of “ grace “ that we need to be aware of and always remember.

 

Jesus said;

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. “    Matthew 5:7

 

While Jesus also pointed out that in a general sense God’s grace and mercy is given to both the saved and the unsaved;

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 5:45

there is yet an element implying that in order to receive grace and mercy, one must show grace and mercy.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. “    Matthew 5:7

 

And here is something Jesus said that many modern day evangelicals reject today.

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

The part that is mainly rejected is when Jesus said;

neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. “  

What Jesus said does not fit with the theology and church doctrine of most evangelical churches today.

Let me quote Jesus again;

But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

What is interesting is that Jesus said this during the time of “ grace “.

This is something I have to remind myself on a daily basis.

I really have to remind myself when I’ve been done wrong by a repeat offender.

Some times I will think about when Jesus came out of the tomb and saw the Roman soldiers outside His tomb keeping guard. These were some of the soldiers who no doubt were involved in the murder of Jesus.

It amazes me how Jesus saw them and passed them by without getting revenge on them at that moment.

James said later to us as born again christians, in which much of the book of James is rejected by modern day evangelicals;

“ For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. “   James 2:13

When I stand before the Lord I know it will help me regarding the outcome of my judgment if I can stand there and the Lord knows in my heart how I forgave my enemies.

Because of “ grace “, I will not have to be concerned about going to hell at that moment, since it is by “ grace “ that I am even there in Heaven at all, standing there at the Judgment Seat of Christ and not the Great White Throne.

My friend, the Great White Throne is one judgment you do not want to end up at.

What I will have to be concerned about is rewards or lack thereof.

It is this moment that Jesus referred to when He said to those of us who follow Him;

Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. “   Revelation 3:11

Our enemies can take our crown if we let them by us getting revenge on them. Satan can leave an eternal scar on us by us harboring hatred in our heart.

If you do not believe there will be lesser and greater people in Heaven depending on our works here on earth, check out what Jesus said!

Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. “  Matthew 5:19

And this again, is all under the time of “ grace “.

This is why the writer of Hebrews said about those of us who are under “ grace “ to get rid of sin that is a setback to our walk relationship with Jesus;

“ Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, “   Hebrews 12:1

 

Paul also said this to those of us under “ grace “.

“ No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. “  2 Timothy 2:4-5

Here is the clincher;

“ except he strive lawfully. “

Paul was not referring the the “ Law “ but walking with Christ by His rules.

I like what Paul said to Timothy after he told him this;

“ The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.

Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things. “   2 Timothy 2:6-7

 

My friend, while we are not under the “ Law “ but under “ grace “ Jesus still has His commandments and rules even for those of us who name His name;

Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. “   John 15:14

While modern day evangelicals reject it, there is always an “ if “ in the word of God while even under “ grace “.

 

Stop listening to church leaders who preach today’s liberal sin condoning " grace " message, teaching that doing what Jesus said;

if ye do whatsoever I command you.

is “ legalism “.

According to their liberal theology, Jesus was wrong.

They will give account to Jesus some day. 

However, we have the right to follow whoever or whatever we want.

Paul told Timothy to consider what he says.

“ Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things. “

 

The difference between Jesus and religions, church companies and whatever, is that Jesus taught those of us who follow Him to never force our faith on others, never threaten to murder anyone who does not convert to what we believe, to forgive our enemies, love those who hate us, do good to all people especially to other followers of Jesus, to not get revenge on those who do us wrong, to not backbite or gossip about others and especially not to deny that what we are doing is gossip.

Another difference between Jesus and religions, church companies or whatever is that Jesus never taught His followers to rebel against the Laws of the land, protest against government affairs, and certainly not to get so involved in whatever country we live in since our citizenship is in Heaven which is where our heart should be… if it were.

Always remember what Jesus told Pilate;

My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. “    John 18:36

Like Jesus said to Pilate, neither is our Kingdom of this world.

Our Kingdom is where our heart is.

Paul never attempted to keep Rome from falling and he was a citizen of Rome.

He was more interested in preaching the gospel and getting people saved and to encourage those who became followers of Jesus to stay with Jesus to the end of their life.

Besides this, God calls all humanity in general to repent, not nations in particular.

In regard to the nation itself and its existence, blessing and/or curse from God, it is those of us who belong to God within the nation who are commanded to repent from sin… not Obama, Washington D.C., Congress and porno entrepreneurs.

“ If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. “   2 Chronicles 7:14

This is another verse in the Bible modern day evangelicals reject or twist into saying it refers to government leaders of a nation…not to us who follow Jesus.

Yes, Paul did say for followers of Jesus to pray for the government leaders of their nation, but God said He will only hear and respond if we repent of our sins first!

There is a promised curse on any nation that wars against Israel.

But as far as the issue of moral standards within a nation, God calls those of us who belong to Him to repent of our sin and then He will heal our nation.

But the repentance must first come from us, not Washington D.C.

 

I have discussed many things about “ grace ...the church company and general human misconception of it and the Biblical truth of it.

 

In the next study I will go on to verse 25.

 

Wayne Brown

John 11:1-3 ( posted 11-20-12 )

“ Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.

(It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)

Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. “

 

Let’s continue.

 

“ Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, “

 

It is believed that the name “ Lazarus “ is the same as the Hebrew name “ Elazar “ or “ Eleazar “ which means God is helper.

This “ Lazarus “ mentioned by John, the author of the book of John we are studying, is not the same Lazarusthat Jesus mentions;

“  And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, “   Luke 16:20

We will learn later that the “ Lazaras “ John is talking about is the one Jesus brought back to life, while the other was not;

Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:

For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.

And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.

And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. “    Luke 16:27-31

These 2 also lived at different times.

 

“ of Bethany, “

Bethany is a town on the eastern slope of the Mount of Olives, about 2 miles from Jerusalem.

Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off: “   John 11:18

The Greek word “ stadion “ translated “ furlongs “ is an established measurement consisting of 600 feet measured by Greeks, 625 feet measured by Romans or 125 paces by Roman walk. Therefore, about 1/8 of a Roman mile, less than 1/5 of a kilometer.

 

Bethany is where Jesus had dinner with “ Lazarus “, whom He brought back to life.

Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.

There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. “   John 12:1-2

 

The colt on which Jesus rode into Jerusalem was from Bethany.

 And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples,

And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him.

And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither. “       Mark 11:1-3

 

 

“ the town of Mary and her sister Martha. “

 

These 2 sisters were ministers unto Jesus and friends of Jesus.

  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

 

Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. “   John 11:5

 

 

“ (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) “

 

Jesus was anointed at another time by another woman.

“ Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,

There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.

But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?

For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.

When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.

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

For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.

Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.  Matthew 26:6-13

 

Two different women anointed Jesus.

Mary anointed Jesus’ feet while the other woman anointed Jesus’ head.

Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.“   John 12:3

 

“ There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat. “   Matthew 26:7

 

 

 

“ Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. “

 

This sickness Lazarus had was obviously serious.

Martha had hoped Jesus would get to Lazarus before he died.

Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. “     John 11:21

 

Martha was a believer in Jesus.

Notice how she, like the thief on the cross called Jesus “ Lord “.

 

It is an honor to call Jesus, Lord.

Only a person who has a relationship with Jesus calls Him Lord.

To call Jesus Lord is not only exalting Jesus, but it is personal.

 

I will continue with verse 4 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown