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 1:27 ( posted 4-1-11 )

 

“ And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. “

 

 

Let’s continue.

 

This is what women exchanged the natural use of... that is against nature.

The same thing men do.

 

“ And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men “

 

This statement of Paul is quite simple to understand.

Paul, contrary to modern day christian celebrity psychologists who teach that this sexual behavior is not our responsibility and is blamed on someone or something else, clearly said that lust for the same sex comes from our own heart and is motivated by none other than number one - that is, our own self.

According to the Bible, nobody is born with same sex tendencies.

According to the Bible it is clearly a choice to feel and burn in our heart with lust for the same sex…just as it is clearly our own choice to lust after the opposite sex.

And not only this!

Notice that Paul does not even connect this same sex sex behavior to the working of satan…as most christians do.

In other words, we cannot blame satan for same sex behavior.

The day will come when we, like satan, will stand before God and have to give an account of our life and actions.

As satan will not be able to blame us for his actions, we will not be able to blame satan for our actions.

We will not even be able to blame our environment, society, childhood upbringing, anyone nor anything else for the way we live.

According to the Bible, number one is to blame - that is, our own self.

The Bible says satan is the accuser of the brethren, not the cause of the brethren.

 

Read it again!

 

“ And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, “

 

The Greek word “ aschemosunen “ translated “ unseemly ” means indecency, shame.

 

 

“ and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. “

Paul said because of this willful and knowing lifestyle and its defiance toward God and nature, people living in same sex behavior received something within themselves that was justifiable for their action.

Paul does not clearly say what this recompense is and in what form it comes.

We can guess that it is aids but it does not have to be.

It could be something else.

 

As I have said, if we go into sin knowing it is in defiance toward God and His standard of righteousness, and if we get to the point we say there is nothing wrong with what we are doing and deny any responsibility for our action and have no remorse for our sin or acknowledge that what we do is sin, then we will never repent and never receive God’s forgiveness.

This applies not just to same sex behavior but to any sin in general.

 

Listen up!

 

I have many friends who are gay.

But I never condoned same sex relationships.

I had 2 gay friends die of aids. They knew what my faith is.

I’ve been to bars where I was hit on by men and women both.

So, I know what goes on.

You might want to educate yourself from what I say and listen to what I say about this issue.

 

Most gay people I personally know chose that route because of sour relationships with the opposite sex.

They knew it was against nature but felt more comfortable and compatible with the same sex rather than the opposite sex.

This mentality can happen even among children. I remember as a child other male friends of mine had trouble with girls and consequently found more trust and comfort in relationships with other boys than girls. Same with the girls.

 

When it comes to women lusting for women, this is easier for me to understand ( not that I'm condoning it ) than men lusting after men. I can understand men finding comfort in friendship relationships with other men but not in sexual relationships with other men.

There are men living with men who are compatible in friendship only and actually have no sex in their relationship. They are like soul mates.

I’ve known christian women who admitted to me that they lust after women.

So, this same sex lust is not only with the unsaved. This goes on in church as well.

One christian woman I know has had multiple relationships with men outside of her marriage and admitted to me that she finds women sexually desirable.

 

If you are gay and reading this, chances are that that church company leader who condemns you for being gay is also gay or bisexual ( and yes my friend, being bisexual is being gay too because it is lusting after the same sex as well as the opposite sex ) and that is why he or she is preaching against you…because of guilt that he or she is the same way and loves it.

Look at the church leaders who preached against pornography who were discovered to be with pornographic material and/or browsing pornography on the internet.

All a person has to do is go in on a church person’s office computer and ask to click to see what websites he or she has been browsing through. Anyone can find this out easily.

We do what we love. We are bound to what we love. If we love sin we will live it daily.

If we love God’s truth and His righteousness we will pursue it. Not that we have accomplished it but rather that we long for it and seek after it…denying ourselves our own pleasures of sin. And God responds by clothing us in Jesus’ righteousness because of our faith in Jesus and He forgives us for all our sins.

Remember in our earlier study when Paul talked about the righteousness that is revealed from Heaven and that being Jesus Christ the Son of God?

 

Because of my living in the world when I left the ministry, I learned much about the world and its behavior.

Not only did I have many gay friends, I also had bisexual friends.

They are gay too because they are turned on by viewing pornography.

Pornography involving men and women shows the genitals of both sexes and a person who is turned on by watching a woman giving a man oral sex and watching a man penetrate a woman in sexual intercourse is gay because the genital that the woman is performing oral sex on or going into her body is part of the turn on.

One bisexual man told me that he liked both men and women giving him oral sex.

When I was in the world I learned and recognized gay people and bisexual people even without getting acquainted. I learned the mannerisms of both.

I can tell you now, many church celebrity leaders and not so famous church leaders are bisexual and have fantasies of threesomes with their wife and friends.

 

I will continue with this discussion soon.

 

Wayne Brown

Romans 1:26 ( posted 3-31-11 )

“ For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: “

 

Let’s continue.

 

“ For this cause “

 

What cause?

Because of what Paul just got through saying in the previous verse we just got through studying…human beings willfully exchanging God’s truth for falsehood and choosing to worship creation and other things more than God.

So, in response to this willful action of human beings to defy God, what did God do?

 

“ God gave them up unto vile affections: “

 

If you remember in our earlier study in verse 24 Paul said;

“ Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: “

Again, the same Greek word “ paredoken “ translated “ gave them up “ means to surrender, yield up, transmit, betray, deliver up, put in prison, recommend, cast, commit.

Yes my friend, God will actually come to a point that He will give up on us and literally hand us over to a condition in which there is no return - that is, if we continue to reject His call to repentance.

Paul said God gave up on these people and literally handed them over to lusts and feelings that were not normal, disgraceful, and shameful.

These feelings are shameful when first started but people can callous their conscience to the point that they feel no shame for what they do.

When people get to this point of callousness and insensitivity, by then, God likewise has given up on them and discarded them from ever being able to repent and return to Him.

 

Keep in mind…the point of no return and no hope for us is only when people get to the point they think they are doing nothing wrong… not in committing the sin itself.

We can still have guilt and remorse while committing the sin if we have not calloused our conscience to the point we actually believe that the sin God says we are committing is not really sin.

 

Listen up!

There is hope for our return to God if we have not calloused our conscience and still acknowledge that the sin God says we are committing is actually sin and make the decision to repent of it.

All God requires of us is that we acknowledge that what we do is sin, repent and ask His forgiveness.

But we must repent in order to be forgiven.

If we think we are doing nothing wrong, we will never repent…and God will literally hand us over to an imaginary fairy tale world in which the end is for sure in reality, destruction.

 

Remember this…

Not all human beings have done this…nor have all people gone this far.

Noah and his family was spared from destruction while the rest of society was destroyed by water.

Why?

Because Noah and his family were the only human beings at that time who still loved God and believed in God’s truth.

The rest of society lived in willful defiance toward God.

So, like Noah and his family, even today not all human beings fit into this category that Paul is talking about in these verses we are studying in Romans.

 

So, what are the disgraceful and shameful affections that human beings are turned over to who reject God’s truth?

 

“ for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: “

 

The same Greek word “ metellaxan “ translated “ change “ is the same as in the previous verse 25 in which we just got through studying. This is a willful exchange by willful choice.

It is a willful act motivated by hatred toward God in total defiance of His truth.

Just as Adam and Eve willfully defied God’s truth in disobeying Him, so human beings have continued to do the same to the present day.

The specific disgraceful and shameful sin that Paul has singled out from other sins in these verses is;

“ the natural use into that which is against nature: “

 

The Greek word “ phusiken “ translated “ natural “ means physical, instinctive, natural.

The Greek word “ chresin “  translated “ use “ means employment, use.

The Greek word “ phusin “  translated “ nature “ means growth by germination or expansion, natural production, kind, nature.

Paul said that women willfully exchanged the natural use of what is according to nature to that which is against nature.

My friend, contrary to what one famous celebrity christian psychologist has described this behavior as “ an identity crisis “, Paul declares this action to be a willfull and knowing choice of behavior.

If we claim to believe the Bible we must remember that Paul wrote under the divine inspiration of God’s Holy Spirit just as he claimed.

Since Paul says this is a willful choice of behavior, then so it is.

There is no mental confusion, uneducated ignorance, emotional turmoil or uncertainty as to what we were meant to be when we were physically born indicated in these verses at all. Paul describes this exchange from what is natural to what is not natural as a willfull act of defiance toward God and nature…what God created nature to be.

We will soon learn what it is that women exchanged the natural use of to what is not natural.

 

I will continue with verse 27 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

Romans 1:25 ( posted 3-30-11 )

“ Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.  “

 

Let’s continue.

 

“ Who changed “

The Greek word “ metellaxan “ translated “ changed “ means to exchange or change.

The Greek word “ellaxan “ translated “ changed “ in Romans 1:23 that we studied earlier means change.

Since God’s truth cannot literally be changed it would be logical to conclude Paul meant that human beings exchanged God’s truth for the lie.

The Greek reads;

“ Hoitines metellaxen ten aletheian tou theou en to pseudei”-

“ Who changed ( or exchanged ) the truth of God in (or into) the lie,”

Paul seems to be quite specific in telling us that human beings changed or exchanged God’s truth into “ the lie“.

Paul‘s reference to “ the lie “ seems to indicate that “ the lie “  became the belief of human beings by willful choice and became the standard for society.

“ The lie ” is no doubt in reference to graven images and/or anything or anyone other than the one and only true living God.

Jeremiah said;

“ Then every man becomes like a beast without knowledge; every gold-worker is put to shame by the image he has made: for his metal image is deceit, and there is no breath in them.  “    Jeremiah 10:14

Paul told the christians in Thessalonika;

“ For they themselves give the news of how we came among you; and how you were turned from images to God, to the worship of a true and living God,

Waiting for his Son from heaven, who came back from the dead, even Jesus, our Saviour from the wrath to come.  “       1 Thessalonians 1:9-10

John said this about born again christians;

“ And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. “    1 John 5:19-21

There seems to be a general belief among human beings that Paul refers to as “ the lie” which involves idolatry and the infiltration of sexual depravity combined.

Interesting enough, there is a tendency of bringing the living God down to the belief, lust and depravity of human beings on a level of sexual degradation. It is directed mainly to sexual depravity because it is satan’s easiest way through human beings to slam the living God who booted him out of Heaven for trying to dethrone Him.

“  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: “   Exodus 20:4-5

Yes my friend, no matter how you wish to justify it, God said not to manufacture a graven image  that even resembles anything in Heaven or on earth.

“ or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, “

God wants us to worship Him, not any manufactured image of Him.

 

“ and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.  “

 

“ The lie ” brings human beings to disgrace in actually willfully worshipping creation rather than the one and only true God who created existence and everything involved.

 Worshipping creation rather than God motivates a tendency to infiltrate sexual immorality into our lifestyle - that is, sex in conduct that is not according to God's standards of sex as He meant it to be .

This clearly is done in rebellion toward God, knowingly and intentionally expresing hatred toward God in willing defiance toward Him.

I will continue with verse 26 in the next study.

Wayne Brown