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 1:31 continued ( posted 6-20-11 )

 

“   Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: “

 

Let’s continue.

 

21.)  “ unmerciful “ - The Greek word “ aneleemonas “ means merciless.

 

I need to spend a little time discussing this sin of being “ umerciful.”

I have much to say.

 

Webster’s definition for the word “ mercy “ is - “ A refraining from harming or punishing offenders, enemies… A disposition to forgive, pity, or be kind. “

Jesus taught those who follow Him to be merciful.

 

The sin of being “ unmerciful “ like the other sins in Paul’s list apply to both the saved and the unsaved…since both obviously can commit these sins.

 

If you fantasize of getting even with someone who has done you wrong, even someone who has repeatedly done you wrong and consequently never stops doing you wrong, check these verses out.

 

Jesus clearly said;

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

 

When Peter asked Jesus how many times we should forgive someone who repeatedly harms us and never stops harming us, look at what Jesus said;

“ Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. “      Matthew 18:21-22

 

We might even feel like we are justified in getting even with someone who does us wrong.

Technically, from the view of society in general, we are justified in getting even.

This is why Paul included the sin of being “ unmerciful “  in his list in this chapter.

 

Mercy is saying… Don’t worry. I forgive you.

As difficult as it is to do, there comes a blessing to those who are merciful.

God rewards a merciful heart.

God is merciful and anyone who is born into His family and becomes His son and/or daughter through faith in God’s Son Jesus Christ, should display mercy, an incredible characteristic of God’s own personal nature.

David said;

“ The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. “            Psalm 103:8

 

Paul promoted mercy to be shown by us as born again christians;

“ I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?

But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.

Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?

Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. “      1 Corinthians 6:5-8

This is interesting that Paul would say;

“ Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? “

This truly goes against human nature.

If an unsaved person shows mercy chances are it is for self benefit. They are getting something out of it.

Godly mercy is showing mercy without getting or expecting any benefit.

Thus the word…mercy.

But when we inherit the nature of God when we are born again into His family as sons and daughters, we inherit this incredible nature from God…the ability to show mercy.

If you study history carefully, Jesus is the only one who taught to show mercy.

Religions in general teach to murder those who are not followers of the religion, excommunicate and cast out those who break the rules of the religion, and to murder those who leave the religion.

So, when a born again christian does not show mercy and forgiveness, it brings shame to himself and to the Lord.

Paul said;

“ I speak to your shame. “

 

David showed mercy to his enemy Saul.

Read the whole story...it is touching.

“  And the men of David said unto him, Behold the day of which the LORD said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul's robe privily.

And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt.

And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD'S anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.

So David stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on his way.

David also arose afterward, and went out of the cave, and cried after Saul, saying, My lord the king. And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth, and bowed himself.

And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men's words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?

Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is the LORD'S anointed.

Moreover, my father, see, yea, see the skirt of thy robe in my hand: for in that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not, know thou and see that there is neither evil nor transgression in mine hand, and I have not sinned against thee; yet thou huntest my soul to take it.

The LORD judge between me and thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.

As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.

After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom dost thou pursue? after a dead dog, after a flea.

The LORD therefore be judge, and judge between me and thee, and see, and plead my cause, and deliver me out of thine hand.

And it came to pass, when David had made an end of speaking these words unto Saul, that Saul said, Is this thy voice, my son David? And Saul lifted up his voice, and wept.

And he said to David, Thou art more righteous than I: for thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil.

And thou hast shewed this day how that thou hast dealt well with me: forasmuch as when the LORD had delivered me into thine hand, thou killedst me not.

For if a man find his enemy, will he let him go well away? wherefore the LORD reward thee good for that thou hast done unto me this day.

And now, behold, I know well that thou shalt surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in thine hand.

Swear now therefore unto me by the LORD, that thou wilt not cut off my seed after me, and that thou wilt not destroy my name out of my father's house.

And David sware unto Saul. And Saul went home; but David and his men gat them up unto the hold. “    1 Samuel 24:4-22

 

Saul admitted that David did him good while he did David evil.

“And he said to David, Thou art more righteous than I: for thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil. “

 

I will continue with the sin of being “ unmerciful “ in the next study.

I will discuss how being " unmerciful " will impact our judgment as a born again christian, when we stand before Jesus and give account of our life here on earth to Him.

 

Wayne Brown

Romans 1:31 continued ( posted 6-17-11 )

“ Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: “

 

Let’s continue.

 

 

20.)   “ implacable “ - The Greek word “ aspondous “ is not found in every manuscript.

The New International Version does not include this Greek word in the list for verse 31.

The King James Version does include this Greek word.

It is situations like this that Bible critics love to jump on and openly reject the authority and absolute truth of the Holy Bible and criticize anyone’s trust in it as being the Word of God, as the Bible claims to be. Bible critics love to point out these discrepancies within the manuscripts and ask why the difference, if it is from God as it claims.

My friend, we have to remember that the Bible as we have it today is the result of translators who translated from copies and many times from copies of copies of the original documents that the writers of the Bible wrote on.

It is obvious in examining the various manuscripts that there are details that differ.

However, the differences that Bible critics love to point out are not life threatening.

It would be nice to be able to say we have the original document Paul wrote on but that is impossible.

People like myself who believe the Holy Bible with its 66 books is the Word of God, believe in our heart that we do have the Word of God in its entirety within the 66 books, even though we do not have it in the form of the original documents it was initially written on by its 40 authors who wrote their books over a period of 1600 years.

When the Greek Septuagint was translated from the Hebrew by the 70 translators, they all came up with the same thing. God is able to get His Word through the translators without them losing anything He wanted us to know.

Since the King James Version included the Greek word “ aspondous “, I will continue with its meaning.

The Greek word “ aspondous “ translated “ implacable “ means - without libation which usually accompanies a treaty, truceless, implacable, truce-breaker.

 

This sin is in reference to people who cannot get along no matter what. They never cease from arguing, quarreling and fighting.

Even if an understanding, truce or agreement is somehow stumbled upon, it does not last.

There is not even an attempt to appease someone in order to try to get along.

These people simply love to quarrel.

A Biblical truth taught in the Bible called “ submission “ is not even considered by these people in trying to get along with other people because they do not want to get along with other people. They love to fight and they love to be at war with other people.

This sin applies on an individual level and corporate. In other words, there are groups of people who love to be at war with other groups of people.

If they can’t be at war with other groups of people, then they go to war with their own people.

They just love war.

Just remember this…Heaven will not be like this.

Something to look forward to. 

 

I will continue with the next sin in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

Romans 1:31 continued ( posted 6-14-11 )

“ Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: “

 

Note --

Just to let you know, I’m going to get started soon on a series of texts on “ prosperity “ and what the Bible says about it.

I’m also going to get started soon on a series of texts on speaking in tongues and the other works and gifts of the Holy Spirit and what the Bible says about all this.

 

Let’s continue.

 

18.) “ covenant breakers “ - The Greek word “ asunthetous “ means not agreed, treacherous to compacts, covenant-breakers.

 

In other words, Paul refers to a person who breaks a promise or an agreement.

This can refer to most anything pertaining to life in general…business transactions, marriage, paying back borrowed money, promising to do a favor for someone and failing to do it.

My friend, both the saved and the unsaved do this.

And of course, much like the other sins in this list, it is intended to do harm to someone.

While many times we all fail to fulfill a promise and/or commitment, this is meant to refer to an ongoing lifestyle of breaking promises and agreements.

When I’m connected to someone who repeatedly verbally makes promises and never comes through, I ignore them to the utmost when they tell me anything.

 

 

19.)  “ without natural affection - The Greek word “ astorgous “ means hard hearted towards kindred, without natural affection.

 

The New International Version translates “ astorgous “ as meaning “ heartless “.

 

Webster’s definition for the word “ affection “ is - “ a state of feeling. A mental or emotional state or tendency; disposition or feeling. Fond or tender feeling; warm liking.”

According to Webster it can also mean - “ A disease; ailment.”

According to Webster it can also mean - “ An attribute or property of a thing.“

 

This refers to people who are obviously without natural love or affection.

This sin can be looked at in a couple of ways.

While it can refer to being void of feeling, compassion, sympathy and empathy, it can also refer to sexual desire that is not natural.

Thus, as we studied earlier in this chapter when Paul said;

“ 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:

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. “   verses 26-27

 

Paul could have been referring to what he already talked about earlier on homosexuality or was talking in general about people who simply do not care about anyone but themselves.

 

I will continue with the next sin in the next study.

Wayne Brown