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

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Romans 3:19 ( posted 7-3-12 )

“ Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. “

 

Let’s continue.

 

“ Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: “

 

I will talk more about it as we continue our study but even though “ Thou shalt not kill “ wasn’t given in the Law until some time later, Cain already knew in his own conscience that murdering his brother was wrong. He did not have to be told it was wrong to commit murder…he already knew it. How?

If you remember in my earlier Romans study we learned God imparted His truth to all human beings from day one;

“ 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 1:19-21

Nobody will be able to stand before God on the day of judgment and plead ignorance.

God instilled His truth in all people.

However, like with anything else, we can become calloused and insensitive to even God’ truth.

This fact was long before the Law was ever written.

The Law was like an official document declaring legally by God’s own Law, that all human beings are in sin and that human beings have a Savior in Jesus Christ, if they would only believe.

By God’s own Law we are all condemned.

Keep in mind Paul is not categorizing 2 existences of humanity - Jews only as being under the Law and the rest of humanity as not being under the Law.

All of humanity was put under the Law and condemned therein, as Paul thus said in the verse of our study;

“ that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. “

 

Even though Abraham before the Law came about, obeyed God’s requirement to be circumcised, he knew this in itself would not save him from eternal hell.

However Abraham, before the Law and even without the help of the Law, found Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

Jesus said;

Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, 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

According to Jesus the Law, the prophets and the psalms revealed Him to the world.

“ And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. “    Luke 24:44

 

“ And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.

But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.

And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.

And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. “   Luke 24:27-31

 

Obviously Abraham knew Jesus was revealed in the Law and the prophets;

Jesus said;

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 16:29-31

Abraham was just waiting in Paradise to hear the gospel preached to him as is the procedure God has ordained. Lucky for Abraham and the others who went to Paradise heard the gospel from the mouth of Jesus directly.

They already knew about Jesus and believed in Him but waited to hear the gospel from Him.

“ By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; “  1 Peter 3:19

The Greek word “ phulake “ translated “ prison “ means guarding, hold, cage, prison, watch, place, condition. The word is not always used to describe a jail for criminals. The “ phulake “ that Jesus went to preach the gospel is the same as Paradise, which was a place, a hold for believers in Jesus before His death and resurrection.

 

 

“ Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. “

 

All humanity is guilty of sin and condemned from physical birth.

However my friend, the good news of the good news gospel of Jesus Christ is that a believer in Jesus is no longer guilty of sin and condemned under the Law and will not end up in eternal hell after physical death.

Jesus is our only hope.

Jesus alone.

I will continue with verse 20 in the next study.

Wayne Brown

John 10:36 continued ( posted 6-19-12 )

Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? 

 

Let’s continue.

 

Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world,

 

What I want to focus on now is what Jesus said about His sanctification;

whom the Father hath sanctified,

It is interesting to me that Jesus being God, being God in the flesh, who never had a beginning and has no ending but was, is and always will be God, had to be sanctified.”

 

The Greek word “ hagiasen “ translated sanctified is a word derived from the Greek word “ agiazo “ which was a word the Greeks used and frequently used in the Bible  to make “ agion “, render or declare sacred, holy, to consecrate. It denotes to render or acknowledge to be venerable, as to hallow.

Peter said;

“ But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. “  1 Peter 3:15

Peter said we as born again christians, as an act of our own will and choice, have the ability to do and are to;

sanctify the Lord God in your hearts:

This act of sanctification is clearly done by us, not God.

While the largest religion in the world considers there to be 3 degrees of sanctity, we as followers of Jesus do not.

However, there are Biblical ways that sanctity is achieved for us as born again christians that are not all done by the Holy Spirit of God.

The most common definition you hear of the word “ sanctification “ is to separate.

This definition is added from the derivative of the original Greek word “ agiazo “ - “ agiazein “ which means to separate, but meant to separate or set apart from evil and dedicate to God and render inviolable - that is, to not be violated, injured or destroyed.

Again, as an act of our own will, we can cleanse ourselves as born again Christians;

“  If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work. “     2 Timothy 2:21

Rather than Paul using the Greek word “ agiazo “ to begin his statement he instead used the Greek word “ ekkathare“ translated “ purge “ which means to cleanse. This word is not exactly the same as “ agiazo “ - “ sanctify “, but is similar in meaning. Paul does later in his statement use a derivative of “ agiazo “ - “ hagiasmenon “ translated “ sanctify “ which actually means having been sanctified, obviously referring to sanctification that was already done by God in response to our faith in Jesus Christ.

This is not to be confused with religious doctrines that teach we as human beings can cleanse our soul from sin by suffering, deprivation, or any religious ritual of getting rid of sin.

Clearly from the Bible, only Jesus’ blood can cleanse us from sin and make us worthy to enter Heaven.

There is no afterlife pit or dungeon taught anywhere in the Holy Bible in which, if we were too bad in this earthly life to enter Heaven immediately after physical death,we can go to purge ourselves by our own effort from our sins.

My friend, if you believe in Jesus and everything He said and claimed to be but doubt if you are going to Heaven, just remember the criminal on the cross who hanged next to Jesus.

This convicted criminal sentenced to death put his inner faith in Jesus who hanged there next to him. In response to his faith Jesus cleansed the criminal from all his sins, sanctified him and made him holy, justified him, rebirthed his inner soul by the Holy Spirit of God which then made him a literal child of God, and not only this…Jesus gauranteed the criminal that he would be with Jesus that same day after he died!!

The criminal had no time to do good works...like Jesus, he was dying. The criminal could not rely on his own works to get him into Heaven since he had none.

And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. “  Luke 23:43

 

We cannot earn Heaven. Our entrance into Heaven is only by the grace of God which is in response to our faith in Jesus!

Praise the Lord!

The Lord is good!

 

I will continue my discussion on sanctification in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown