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

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

Romans 1:7-8

“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. 
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. “

Let’s continue.

Paul is addressing everyone in the church at Rome…not just certain ones.
“To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: “

Henceforth, all the people in the church are as Paul described;
” called to be saints: “

The Greek words “kletois hagiois” translated “called to be saints “ means sacred, morally blameless, holy.
Contrary to popular world opinion, the word “saint” is a description rather than a title.
The word “saint” was never intended to be a title given to a human being, just as the word “reverend” was never intended to be given as a title to a human being.
Reverend is also a description, not a title…Biblically.
The word “saint” was placed in the title of each New Testament book in the Bible by the King James translators.

It comes from the Catholic church.
It is not in the original Greek.

For example, the Greek says, the book of John…not Saint John.
Read my introduction to the book of John.
I’m telling you now, the use of “reverend” and “saint” as a title of your position in ministry is based out of Catholicism, not the Bible.
Nowhere in the Bible were these descriptive words used as titles for any human being.
The usage of these 2 words as a title of ministerial position is merely from an arrogant and prideful heart.
This is one of many reasons Jesus Himself said;
But many that are first shall be last, and the last first. “ Mark 10:31


The Greek does not say “called to be saints” but rather says “called saints".
The King James translators and the New International Version translators added the words “to be", which is ok, since obviously it is directed to people of “the faith".
However, the problem with the words “to be” is misunderstood to mean a later appointed position after one physically dies…and then only certain ones getting the position, not all, even though Paul already said all and not only some.
In other words, this is not meant to be understood as a religion or church appointed position through ceremonial ritualism hinging on the person’s life as judged by others and then decided on by religious or church leaders.

I will vouch personally to the fact that when pastors and evangelists sit in the church office and gossip about certain people in their church congregation, family, relatives and friends, gossiping about other church pastors, and so on…certainly these are not worthy of being addressed as reverend or saint when they are not living up to the descriptive meaning of these words.

Paul is declaring that all the Christians in this church at Rome are called saints, not just certain ones.

We should remember when Jesus said;
“ Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. “ Matthew 5:48

The Greek word “teleioi ” translated “ perfect means complete in mental and moral character. If Jesus did not think this was possible for us as human beings then He certainly would not have commanded it of us.
Now listen up!
The Greek word “Esesthe” translated be in Jesus’ command is in the future tense and means shall be. 
So when and what or who determines when these Christians at Rome were actually saints- that is, blameless, perfect and holy ones?
They had not physically died yet and therefore could not be church ordained or appointed by church ritualism and besides, Paul had not even got there yet.
And clearly Peter was never there or the Bible would have told us that!

It is when they put their faith in Jesus Christ, that they became holy and without blame.

Always remember, the same Holy Spirit who inspired the words that Paul wrote;
” According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love…” Ephesians 1:4,
also inspired the words that Peter wrote in the future tense using the same Greek word Jesus used “esesthe";
“Because it is written, Be ye holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16
In the preceding verses Peter declares it is not evident yet that we are holy;
” Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 
As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 
But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; “
1 Peter 1:13-15
But will be holy.

My friend, the Bible does not contradict itself.
Those who follow Jesus are both described to be saints or holy, sacred, blameless in moral character and will someday be holy, sacred, blameless in moral character.
Our salvation is both complete and in the process of being completed…as this gives way for change if it occurs.
Our being in “the faith” is hinged on our own faith remaining in “the faith” and the Bible clearly says faith without works is dead and to say we have faith and have no works to confirm our faith, then our faith is not able to save us.


I will continue with these verses in the next study.

Wayne Brown

Romans 1:6

” Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: “


Let’s continue.

Notice Paul said;
” Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: “

The Greek word “en” translated “Among” is a primary preposition denoting a fixed position.
In other words, Paul is for sure including these people in Rome as part of the body of Christ just as much as he is.
We will learn soon in verse 8 that Paul commends and acknowledges their faith as being in “the faith";
” …that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.”

The Greek word “kletoi ” translated ” called “ means invited, appointed, called.
Just as our salvation is both complete and in the process of being completed so is the usage of this Greek word meant to be both an invitation and… called.

Let’s compare this with Paul’s wording in Ephesians.
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, ”
Ephesians 1:4-5
Again, Paul is including the Christians at the church in Ephesus, just as he included those at the church in Rome in verse 6;
” According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, “
The Greek word “ekelekato” translated “he hath chosen” means to select, make choice, choose out, chosen.
This choice was made by Jesus Christ before the earth was created.
Notice that Paul’s sentence is not finished yet.
So therefore, what were we chosen for?
Paul continues his thought;
” that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: “
According to John Calvin and his descendent churches of today, we were “chosen” to be saved before the earth was created but according to Paul we were chosen to “be holy and without blame” before the earth was created.
There is a difference.
Judas, one of Jesus’ own disciples was also chosen“.
If you remember we learned that Jesus chose His 12 disciples, not only 11 of them as John Calvin and his descendent churches of today think.
Look at what Jesus clearly said;
” Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? 
He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.
John 6:70-71
The Greek word “ekelekamen” translatedI chosen means the same as when Paul used the word for chosen in Ephesians 1:4.
And yes, the Greek word “dodeka” translated “twelve” means as it says, 12, not 11.
And yes, Judas was clearly one of the 12 disciples that was chosen by Jesus.
And yes, Judas was at one time a believer and follower of Jesus Christ with full benefits and with an appointed position in the body of Christ;
” That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. “ Acts 1:25
The Greek word “parebe” translated “fell” means to go contrary to, to violate a command, and clearly means the same as the Greek word “apostasia” which is an act of one’s own will, a choice one makes for one’s own self.
As with apostasy, one cannot turn from something one was never part of.
Judas made the choice to reject Jesus whom he was a part of and was also an apostle of.
This is why he regretted it later and then hanged himself when he confessed he betrayed innocent blood when he betrayed Jesus for money.
I cannot imagine how horrible it will be for people who once knew Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior who turn from the faith, as Jesus Himself said will happen to many followers of Jesus and to end up in eternal hell, remembering they could have avoided that terrible place if they had only stayed with Jesus.
Calvinism is as much a deception as Catholicism, since in itself Calvinism is actually an offspring of Catholicism as many Calvinist churches today issue water baptism certificates which is clearly Catholic in origin. This signifies eternal security since they were baptized in water as does the Catholic church also declare.
Just as the Catholic church teaches that those who belong to the Catholic church can never lose their salvation so does Calvinism.
This is in total contradiction to what Jesus said when He said;
“ They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. Luke 8:13
The Greek word “aphistantai” translated “fall away” means the same as the Greek word used to describe what happened to Judas…"parebe “.
It is a willful revolt, turning away from what a person once believed.

Continuing with Paul’s line of thought in Ephesians;
” Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, “

The Greek word “proorisas” translated “Having predestinated” means to predetermine and is in the continuous present.
Just as our salvation is both complete and in the process of being completed so is our predestination ongoing.
This allows for change - that is, apostasy, turning from the faith…which Jesus said will happen.
So again as with Paul’s line of thought on being chosen and what we are chosen for so is his line of thought a continuance of what we are predestined for;
” unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, “
The Greek word “huiothesiav” translated “adoption of sons” is also in the ongoing sense and completed sense in that we are placed and being placed as sons and daughters of God.
The point that Paul is making is that we are not predestined to be saved, as John Calvin and ’some’ of his descendent churches claim today - ( keep in mind that not all John Calvin descendent churches today agree with John Calvin on his doctrine of predestination but however still cling to his doctrine of eternal security, as they are divided about the issue of predestination. Like world religions and church companies, they cannot agree even amongst themselves. )
The point that Paul is making is that we are predestined to be adopted sons and daughters of God through Jesus Christ for those of us who believe in Jesus and are already saved, not predestined to be saved as John Calvin and his descendent churches teach.
Contrary to John Calvin, John, the writer of the book of John said in his later epistle;
” If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. “
1 John 1:6-7
Contrary to John Calvin and his descendent churches of today who claim followers of Jesus can live in sin and remain in “the faith” and be recipients of God’s grace and forgiveness, John clearly says there is a condition to remaining in the faith;
“But if we walk in the light”

The problem with Catholicism and Calvinism is that it teaches that we can live in sin and remain saved with no consequences.

So in conclusion of this study…just as the myth of John Calvin’s predestination and eternal security did not keep Judas from ending up in eternal hell, so it will not keep many other followers of Jesus from ending up in hell.
The possibility always exists for a follower of Jesus Christ, as it did for Judas.

From my experience working with attendees of John Calvin descendent churches of today, they certainly live up to John Calvin’s myth of predestination and eternal security in their daily living.
Even the unsaved cannot tell the difference in them and anyone who isn’t saved.

I will continue with verse 7 in the next study.

Wayne Brown