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 11:36-37 continued ( posted 2-28-13 )

“ Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!

And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? “

 

In my last study I discussed the most popular and commonly used excuse for evangelicals’ unbelief - Paul’s thorn in the flesh.

 

“ It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.

I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.

And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)

How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.

For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.

And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing. “ 2 Corinthians 12:1-11

 

I left off with the reason Paul had this thorn;

lest I should be exalted above measure. “

 

Let’s continue.

Just after Paul defined this thorn as;

the messenger of Satan to buffet me, “

and obviously satan and any of his fallen angels are actually persons and not an “ it “, Paul still refers to this thorn as an “ it “.

“ For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. “

The reason for Paul calling his thorn an “ it “ is because of the Old Testament description of a thorn in the flesh;

“ But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell. “ Numbers 33:55

 

“ And there shall be no more a pricking brier unto the house of Israel, nor any grieving thorn of all that are round about them, that despised them; and they shall know that I am the Lord GOD. “ Ezekiel 28:24

 

“ Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths. “ Hosea 2:6

 

Jews understand what is meant by a thorn in the flesh.

 

Many evangelicals today think Paul’s thorn in the flesh was a disease Paul had in his eyes.

Paul said to the Galatians;

“ Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first.

And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.

Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me. “ Galatians 4:13-15

 

There is a figurative expression that we use to show compassion for someone - “ I’d give my right arm for you “ or “ I’d give my life for you “.

The phrase in Paul’s statement;

“ if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me. “

could also have been a figure of speech.

 

However, Paul might have actually had an eye disease.

Some evangelicals make this claim from what Paul said later to the Galatians;

“ Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand. “ Galatians 6:11

The Greek word “ grammasin “ translated “ letter “ is actually in the plural sense and could refer to the characters of the alphabet.

Rather than referring to how large his epistle or letter was he was writing to the Galatians, Paul could have referred to how large the characters of the alphabet he had to write in order for him to be able to read what he was writing because of his eye disease.

Paul said this at the end of his letter to the Galatians, the same christians he addressed his physical infirmity to who remembered his condition.

 

My friend, there is no reason not to think that it was possible at the time Paul first preached to the Galatians that he had an eye disease for real but by the definition Paul gives it was not his thorn in the flesh;

“ Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first. “

The love and compassion the Galatians had for Paul at this time and what Paul said they would have done had they been able to might be a literal intent;

And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.

Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me. “

 

The Greek word “ peirasmon “ translated “ temptation “ means trial.

Whatever the physical condition Paul was going through was a trial for him.

Instead of being ashamed of Paul in his condtion, the Galatians loved him and accepted him as if he was Jesus Himself.

Interesting!

In today’s society, a person is judged by his or her appearance and accomplishment in life.

It is sad when born again christians judge people by this as well…and I know many personally who judge a person by looks, appearance and accomplishments.

Contrary to this mentality Jesus clearly said;

Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.Luke 12:15

 

Paul asked the Lord 3 times for deliverance from his thorn in the flesh.

Notice the Lord never said no but rather He said;

“ And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.

 

I will continue this discussion as I feel a weight on me about this in that I feel I need to continue discussing this for somebody out there.

 

Always keep your faith in the precious Lord Jesus who died for you!

 

Wayne Brown

John 11:36-37 continued ( posted 2-26-13 )

“ Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!

And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? “

 

Let’s continue.

 

It seems that Lazarus was well liked by town folk.

 

Jesus liked him too.

 

These people knew that Jesus had healed others.

 

Martha and Mary had hoped Jesus would have healed Lazarus but instead Jesus let him die.

 

There are times when the Lord waits to answer our prayer.

 

While I have pointed out that our prayers can be hindered because of marital problems, wrong motives in asking, harboring hatred and unforgiveness, and unbelief, it is obvious that none of these reasons were the cause of Jesus not immediately responding by healing Lazarus.

 

Notice, contrary to popular belief, Jesus never said no to their prayer request about Lazarus.

 

Evangelicals have a saying that is quite popular - “ When God says no “.

 

This famous statement is unbiblical.

 

This statement is in truth actually used as an excuse to hide unbelief.

 

The statement - “ When God says no “ coincides with the mythical statement commonly used - “ God controls everything “.

 

This is becoming ever more popular today as faith itself is on the decline not only in secular society but among evangelicals as well.

 

This is why Jesus asked this question about when He returns;

 

I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? “   Luke 18:8

Paul’s main topic of discussion in these verses is about his temptation to glorify himself because of the way the Lord was using him.

 

Read every word carefully so you can get the whole picture of what Paul is saying.

“ It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.

I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.

And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)

How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.

For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.

And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. “   2 Corinthians 12:1-10

Before I go any further I want to say, when you hear someone’s claim to have gone to Heaven and returned, ask them if they were in their body or out.

If they know, how is it that Paul did not know??

“ I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. “

Paul was not only concerned about his own glorying in himself but was also concerned about others glorying in him;

“ For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. “

Paul continued saying;

“ And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, “

On this line of thought Paul continues to say;

“ there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, “

Contrary to most evangelicals today, notice that Paul did not say - “ God gave me this “ or “ God did this to me “ or “ It must be God’s will.”

If we pay attention to what Paul is saying he continues on and even tells us what this thorn in the flesh is;
“ the messenger of Satan to buffet me, “

The Greek word “ kolaphize “ translated “ buffet “ means to rap with the fist, buffet.

This thorn in his flesh as being the messenger of satan to strike him is described in the Old Testament;

“ But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell. “   Numbers 33:55

“ And there shall be no more a pricking brier unto the house of Israel, nor any grieving thorn of all that are round about them, that despised them; and they shall know that I am the Lord GOD. “ Ezekiel 28:24

“ Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths. “   Hosea 2:6

This thorn is never described as a disease.

This is something Jews would understand.

And again, just as he already did repeatedly in these verses, Paul gives the reason why for this thorn;

“ lest I should be exalted above measure. “

 

I’m still not done with this discussion.

I will continue this in the next study.

Always keep your faith in Jesus!

Wayne Brown

Romans 4:9-13 ( posted 2-21-13 )

“ Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.

How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.

And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:

And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.

For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. “

Let’s continue.

Paul is telling us plainly that Abraham was blessed, imputed with the righteousness of God, sealed with this righteousness, and made the father of all human beings who, like him, believe in God’s Son Jesus even before Abraham was circumcised and even before the Law.

All this happened to Abraham at the age of 75, 24 years before he was circumcised and 430 years before Moses wrote the Law.

“ Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. “     Genesis 12:1-4

 

“ After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?

And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.

And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.

And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. “    Genesis 15:1-6

 

It was not until Abraham was 99 years old that he was physically circumcised.

In other words, Abraham was saved for 24 years before circumcision came along.

The Hebrew word “ qum “ translated “ establish “ means confirm, continue, decree, make good, strengthen.

In other words, God told Abraham His already existing covenant He made with him 24 years earlier He would make good on and continue it… but now in his flesh.

When I was a child there was this thing about true friends becoming what we called “ blood brothers ”.

We would cut our flesh, usually on a finger or part of the hand and rub our blood into each other’s blood.

This was a sign we did of a permanent continuation of an already established relationship and friendship.

Circumcision in Abraham’s flesh which came 24 years later after God had already sworn the promises to Abraham and imputed His own righteousness to him based on Abraham’s faith in him, not works, was a more personal sign of the continuance of an already existing relationship between Him and Abraham.

 

My friend, this is another declaration of Paul that entrance into Heaven cannot be earned.

While rewards can only be earned, as unfortunately some of us who believe in Jesus and His blood will not receive when we stand before Jesus at the Judgment Seat of Christ as Paul said;

“ Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.

If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. “    1 Corinthians 3:13-15

entrance into Heaven cannot be earned.

The only reason we will be in Heaven standing before Jesus at the Judgment Seat of Christ will be by God’s grace in response to our faith in His Son Jesus.

Paul said;

“ For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. “    2 Corinthians 5:10

Notice Paul, even telling us that we have been imputed the righteousness of God by faith in God’s Son Jesus said we will still be judged even as born again followers of Jesus for both the good and the bad we do in this earthly body.

“ whether it be good or bad. “

The Greek word “ kakos “ translated “ bad “ means injurious, wicked, evil, worthless, harm, depraved.

Interesting and worthy of our attention.

Even having the righteousness of God imputed to us through our faith in God's Son Jesus, we as believers in Jesus will still have to give account for what we say and do in this earthly body...whether we like it or not and whether we believe these verses or not.

This is one reason Paul told us to examine ourselves to see if we really are in “ the faith.”

“ Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves…“   2 Corinthians 13:5

In doing this we will also keep an eye on our motive, the reason we do what we do for the Lord or do for anyone else.. not to mention our behavior toward others and what we say to others or about others.

The Lord is nobody’s fool.

 

I will continue with verse 14 in the next study.

 

Always keep your faith in Jesus!

 

Wayne Brown