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 1:11-12

” For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established; 
Rom 1:12 That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. “

Let’s continue.

The Greek word “hepipotho” translated “ I long ” means a deep desire, a craving to possess. Paul wanted so much to meet these Christians.
If there were planes in his day and he did not have the money to fly he would have possibly tried to climb into the wheel well of the plane and ride.
The point is that he strongly wanted to meet them.
Why?
He says why in the next phrase;
” that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, “
And why did he want to do this?
” to the end ye may be established; “
The Greek words ” eis to sterichthenai humas” translated “ to the end ye may be established; ” means to strengthen, to turn resolutely in a certain direction, to steadfastly set.
Now listen up!
Paul already acknowledged that these Christians were actually followers of Jesus Christ and were born again by their faith in Jesus.
But now he knew they needed help in staying with the Lord to the end of physical life.
That is the purpose of the “gifts” of the Holy Spirit.
The Greek word “charisma” translated “gift ” means a divine gratuity- that is, deliverance from danger or passion, specifically a spiritual endowment, religious qualification, miraculous faculty, and free gift.
No, it is not a requirement to be born again, to be saved.
The thief on the cross never received any of the spiritual gifts and still made it to Heaven, according to Jesus‘ own words. If he had been left here to live in the years to come he probably would have realized the need for spiritual gifts.
This is intended to give a follower of Jesus strength in following Him.
These early Christians endured persecution for their faith, something Christians today here in America no nothing about.
Paul wanted to lay hands on these Christians so they could receive strength from a gift of the Holy Spirit.
Paul reminded Timothy;
” Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. 
2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. “

2 Timothy 1:6-7
Timothy was obviously going through a tough time in his life and Paul reminded him that he had a spiritual gift in him to help him.
My friend, that is what the spiritual gifts of God are all about…to help us in our walk with the Lord, to witness to others, and to edify each other in the body of Christ.
The gifts is not what saved us as these Romans were already saved.
They are a help to us in our walk with Jesus.
If we reject this part of the gospel then we are telling the Lord we do not want a closer relationship with Him.
If you do not believe this then as Paul said you are of a different gospel as this is all part of the same gospel that Paul preached.
You cannot be a follower of Jesus and reject parts of the Holy Bible, nor can you be a follower of Jesus and reject parts of what Jesus said.
Jesus clearly said;
“ But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. “ Acts 1:9

The problem with not believing this part of the Bible is that you will not believe other parts of the Bible as well.

And if Paul could get to them to impart a spiritual gift unto them then he can as he said;
” That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. “

Paul was for sure comparing his faith to theirs, since they were of the same faith as he.
Paul needed to be comforted in knowing these Christians had the gifts of the Holy Spirit working in their life.

I will continue with verse 13 in the next study.

Wayne Brown

Romans 1:7-10 continued # 2

” Rom 1:7 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.
Rom 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. 
Rom 1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers; 
Rom 1:10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you. “


Let’s continue with verse 10.

” Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you. “

The Greek words “deomenos” translated ” Making request” and “eudothesomai” translated ” I might have a prosperous journey “ literally means that Paul begged God to provide the finances and ability to travel to Rome to meet these born again Christians.
Have you ever been so desperate to get an answer form God that you begged Him to answer?
Many times in my own personal life it wasn’t until I begged God, that He would then answer my request. This seems to indicate to God that we mean business.
James said;
” But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
Jas 1:7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. “
James 1:6-7

And later in the book of Romans Paul who said;
” And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb:
Rom 4:20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
Rom 4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 
Rom 4:22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. “
Romans 4:19-22

And as far as begging God for something, Jesus related a story in how we should not give up on asking God for things;
” And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; “ Luke 18:1
In this story Jesus described how this woman begged her ruler to avenge her of an enemy and then he finally said;
“ lest by her continual coming she weary me. “ Luke 18:5

The point in all this is if we intend to ask God for something we should mean business and not be riding the fence on the issue like a politician does, or any person who cannot make up his or her mind as to what he believes, one who goes along with ever wind of doctrine.

Paul meant business when he asked the Lord to help him get to Rome to meet these Christians.

I will continue in the next study with verse 11.
We will learn why Paul wanted to meet these Christians so much.

Wayne Brown

Romans 1:7-10 continued

” Rom 1:7 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.
Rom 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. 
Rom 1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers; 
Rom 1:10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you. “


Let’s continue with verse 10.

” Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you. “

The Greek words “deomenos” translated ” Making request” and “eudothesomai” translated ” I might have a prosperous journey “ literally means that Paul begged God to provide the finances and ability to travel to Rome to meet these born again Christians.
Have you ever been so desperate to get an answer form God that you begged Him to answer?
Many times in my own personal life it wasn’t until I begged God, that He would then answer my request. This seems to indicate to God that we mean business.
James said;
” But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
Jas 1:7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. “
James 1:6-7

And later in the book of Romans Paul who said;
” And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb:
Rom 4:20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
Rom 4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 
Rom 4:22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. “
Romans 4:19-22

And as far as begging God for something, Jesus related a story in how we should not give up on asking God for things;
” And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; “ Luke 18:1
In this story Jesus described how this woman begged her ruler to avenge her of an enemy and then he finally said;
“ lest by her continual coming she weary me. “ Luke 18:5

The point in all this is if we intend to ask God for something we should mean business and not be riding the fence on the issue like a politician does, or any person who cannot make up his or her mind as to what he believes, one who goes along with ever wind of doctrine.

Paul meant business when he asked the Lord to help him get to Rome to meet these Christians.

I will continue in the next study with verse 11.
We will learn why Paul wanted to meet these Christians so much.

Wayne Brown