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 10:36 continued ( posted 9-4-12 )

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.

 

In the verse of our study, Jesus claimed to be the Son of God.

because I said, I am the Son of God?

 

There are many views about just how Jesus is the Son of God.

I have personally known evangelicals who believe Jesus was merely a created being who God created to be His only begotten Son - that is, Jesus never existed until God created Him.

These evangelicals do not believe the Word and Jesus are the same but rather the Word came to the created Jesus and entered His body, and this is how and why Jesus was able to claim to be God…not entirely of Himself.

The problem with this myth is that it does not make God a human being as the Bible claims happened.

The Bible declares that the Word became or was made flesh, not just inhabited the flesh.

This is when I stopped one evangelical from continuing to tell me his theory about the Word coming down from Heaven to enter the body of the created Jesus. I reminded him that the Bible said the Word was made flesh, which meant He became literally skin, blood, hair and bone and not merely entered inside the body of Jesus.

This evangelical had no answer to my Bible quotation on this issue!  LOL!

His response to me was - “ I just cannot believe deity would become matter. “

My friend, we either believe the Biblical account of Jesus’ birth or we do not.

The choice is ours!

I know evangelicals who do not believe Jesus will come back in bodily form…ever!

These evangelicals believe Jesus is spirit only and has already come back and entered into our hearts and that is the only return of Christ the Bible prophesied.

These evangelicals, like the evangelical who cannot believe God would become matter, on the flipside believe that Jesus no longer has a body.

Contrary to their myth Jesus claimed to have flesh and bone even after He arose from the dead!

Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. “     Luke  24:39

Clearly, we as evangelicals have not all been brought to the unity of the faith as Paul said will happen someday nor are any of us perfect yet, according to Paul in this verse!

“ Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: “   Ephesians 4:13 

Notice Paul clearly said;

“ unto “

Meaning, not arrived yet.

Paul confirms this when he admitted he was not perfect;

“ Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. “    Philippians 3:12-14

This statement of Paul is contrary to today’s liberal gospel of grace that teaches no effort is required in following Jesus.

 

But the day will come when we are perfect in Christ and will be just like Him!

 

John, the writer of the book of John, starts his book out by calling Jesus the Word.

The Word is Jesus because John declares that the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.

“ And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. “  John 1:14

Therefore, since the Word was made flesh, and had not just entered into or merely inhabited the body of Jesus as some evangelicals think, and that John also declared the Word not only was made flesh but is the only begotten of the Father, Jesus and the Word are the same person.

John, when he later wrote the book of Revelation called Jesus the Word.

“ And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. “     Revelation 19:13

 

Jesus the Word, was with God from the beginning and is God.

“ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The same was in the beginning with God. “  John 1:1-2

Jesus confirms this when He said in His prayer to the Father;

And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. “   John 17:5

 

Paul said it was Jesus who was with the Jews in the wilderness.

“ Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;

And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;

And did all eat the same spiritual meat;

And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. “    1 Corinthians 10:1-4

 

Paul said Jesus created all things in the beginning;

“ And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: “       Ephesians 3:9

 

So, Jesus existed from all eternity past and will throughout all eternity future.

 

When Moses wrote about creation he referred to God in the plural and he quoted God as God spoke in the plural sense.

“ And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:… “   Genesis 1:26

The Hebrew name for God “ elohiym “ translated “ God “ is the plural form of the Hebrew name for God “ eloahh “ which for example, Moses used in Deuteronomy 32:15;

“ But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation. “

 

In Genesis 1:26 Moses continued in the plural usage by quoting God in the plural sense as literally having spoken in the plural sense - that is, more than one person making this statement and/or for sure more than one person referred to;

Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:… “  

Since Jesus said a man and wife become one flesh even though they are still obviously 2 people and Paul said a man who has sex with a prostitute, the 2 of them become one flesh even though they are still obviously 2 people, makes this incredible transformation into “ one flesh “ one way we are created in the image and likeness of God.

“ in our image, “

“ after our likeness ”

In other words, just as God in 3 persons is still one God, so is a marriage of 2 people “ one flesh.”

 

This amazes me.

While Moses mentioned God as being more than one person and quoting God as speaking as being more than one person, this same Moses also declared that God is one Lord.

“ Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: “   Deuteronomy 6:4

What is interesting is that Moses in this statement also used the plural form of “ eloahh “ - “ elohiym “ translated “ God “ as he did in Genesis 1:26.

In other words, Moses in writing this was telling us that there are not 3 Lords but only one Lord, even though the one Lord is more than one person.

Again, just as a man and woman in marriage or a man and a prostitute having sex is “ one flesh “, but is obviously still more than one person. This is why the Bible in general still acknowledges the individual existence of both the man and the woman even though it declares them to be “ one flesh “.

Thus, the same goes for God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit - the Bible refers to them acknowledging them as being more than one person but yet one God, one Lord.

 

Another interesting point!

In the very next verse, Moses still uses the plural form of “ eloahh “, “ elohiym “ when he said;

“ And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. “     Deuteronomy 6:5

Moses was obviously telling us we should love God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit with all our heart but looking at them as one God.

 

Paul said there is one God;

“ As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. “  1 Corinthians 8:4

 

Malachi said only one God created us;

“ Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers? “     Malachi  2:10

 

James said there is one God and even satan knows this;

“   Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. “    James 2:19

 

My friend, there are no contradictions in the Bible concerning God being one God but yet identifiable in 3 persons… Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We must look at all the verses and see the entire picture of what the Bible is telling us.

Paul made it more clear when he said;

“ As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:

Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. “   Colossians 2:6-9

Yes, Paul said about Jesus;

“ For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. “  

This is why Jesus said;

I and my Father are one. “      John 10:30

 

It is also very interesting that even though Jesus claimed;

I and my Father are one. “      John 10:30

Stephen saw Jesus standing separately at the Father’s right hand;

But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,

And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. “     Acts 7:55-56

Therefore, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit can and will be seen individually but yet as a man and wife seen individually as well, will still be considered one God even as we are considered “ one flesh.”

 

My friend, we either believe “ the Godhead “ is 3 persons with different roles, functions and all have the same will, mind and goal but yet still one in the same God, not 3 Gods - or we do not.

We can either believe the Bible when it says a man and woman are one “ flesh “ but still 2 individual persons - or we do not.

What it takes to accept this Biblical truth is faith.

Our brain and intellect alone will never fully understand it.

But like I have always said, we can believe whoever or whatever we wish!

For me, I love the Holy Bible and consider it God's word to the human race.

The Bible feeds my soul when I read it and this fact confirms within my heart that it is the word of God.

As a matter of fact, as much as I love cheeseburgers and get satisfaction from eating them, I get more satisfaction and get fed better from reading the Holy Bible.

For me, the Bible is enough. I do not need " another gospel " nor do I need another book to enhance on Jesus Christ any more than the Holy Bible already has.

My friend, we cannot be of " the faith " while at the same time needing another gospel or another book to get us to Heaven.

Just as my Dad died believing Jesus is enough to get him into Heaven, so I do too.

And I can't wait to see Jesus and meet Him in person!

Always remember this...when we do see Jesus our relationship with Him at that time should not be any different than it is now in our heart in this present life.

We can have a relationship with Jesus even now in our heart and it will continue when we meet Him face to face. The only thing different at that time is that we will be with Him in person.

If we love Jesus enough to bow to Him now in this life, we will at that time when we see Him in person.

 

In looking at the verse of our study tonight, I remembered that I overlooked one more point in the verse that I need to discuss.

So I will do one more study on this verse.

 

Wayne Brown

John 10:36 continued ( posted 8-29-12 )

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.

 

The popular term “ trinity “ is not a Biblical term but rather a human term made up to describe a threefold situation or unit. Nowhere in the Holy Bible is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit given the title - “ Holy Trinity.”

Webster defines the word trinity as - “ the condition of being three or threefold. A set of three persons or things that form a unit. The union of the three divine persons ( Father, Son, and Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost ) in one Godhead. “

It is interesting that even Webster understood the meaning of the term “ trinity ” as pertaining to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as a threefold unit…not 3 separate entities.

Webster defines the term “ unit “ as - “ the smallest whole number. A magnitude or number regarded as an undivided whole. Any fixed quantity, amount, distance, measure, etc. used as a standard. A single person or group as distinguished from others or as part of a whole. As organized body of troops, airplanes, etc. forming a subdivision of a larger body. “

 

Even Mr.Webster understood the concept of a single person or more than one person in a format observed as one unit - that is, “ the smallest whole number.”

 

Therefore, since the secular unsaved world can accept the idea of a group of people as being one, then evangelicals should be able to accept the idea that God, manifested in 3 persons throughout the Holy Bible, can still be one person, one unit, one entity.

In a similar sense, Americans as a whole became one, when World War 2 got started. Americans were of the same mind, feeling, and all had the same goal. At that time, our nation was one, even though we were many.

In the years of 1776 and 1812 those who were in support of the establishment of the United States were also one…even though they were a group.

Therefore, the idea of God being 3 persons but yet one God, not 3 separate Gods, is not beyond our ability to accept.

To comprehend, well that is a different story.

But we can believe this and accept it.

As I have already pointed out in the Holy Bible, God looks at the union of a husband and wife as “ one flesh “ and even the act of sexual intercourse between a man and a prostitute as “ one flesh. “

While we acknowledge there are 2 separate people in this relationship God still sees it as “ one flesh.”

“ What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. “     1 Corinthians 6:16

According to what Jesus and Paul said, either a man and woman getting married is joined by God into “ one flesh “

This is where most people, including both evangelicals and the unsaved miss the idea of what the Bible teaches about marriage.

God does not cause 2 people to get married…especially against their will. Who we marry is our own choice. We can ask God for assistance in making our choice and He will help us find someone but the ultimate decision is ours.

Contrary to popular opinion, the Holy Bible nowhere teaches that God controls everything. On the contrary, the Holy Bible teaches that God is only in control of the steps and the life of a person who is fully yielded to His will. I'm sorry to say that this is rare and unusual with most people. Most people live unto themselves and love their life and care little about God's will. The “ God controls everything “ myth is merely used by evangelicals and the unsaved to avoid taking on responsibility for foolish decisions in life and commiting sin.

If we are brazen enough to claim God caused this or that to happen or that God told me this or told me that, then my friend, we better hope for our sakes we are telling the truth…before we stand before Him in judgment, which according to the Holy Bible we all will, both evangelicals and the unsaved.

I would be afraid to misquote God and claim He did something that He really didn’t do.

We need to learn to take on responsibility for our actions and our mistakes and quit blaming God by saying God controls everything.

What God does join together are the 2 people that got married and/or the man who has sexual intercourse with a prostitute.

Jesus said;

Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. “    Matthew 19:6 

The mention of what Godjoined together is not referring to the marriage itself but rather what God does with the man and woman when they are married.

This is God's way.

Obviously from life experience there are marriages God would never have approved of, and obviously had nothing to do with…just as He would never approve of a man having sexual intercourse with a prostitute, especially an evangelical doing such a thing as this. But since the union has been done, God somehow joins the 2 people and they are no longer 2 people but rather one flesh now;

no more twain, but one flesh.    Matthew 19:6

for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. “  1 Corinthians 6:16

 

This transformation process of 2 people into " one flesh " I admit I do not understand how God does it but the Bible says He does.

 

I will continue with this discussion on God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit in the next study and show how all this applies to them as well…according to the Holy Bible.

 

Wayne Brown

Romans 3:21 continued ( posted 8-23-12 )

“ But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; “

 

Let’s continue.

 

 

“ But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, “

 

The Greek word “ choris “ translated “ without “ means separately or apart from, by itself, without.

If you are reading my studies on the book of John, this is why Jesus said about Himself;

“  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? “    John 10:36

Jesus was set apart by His Father.

This is why Paul said referring to Jesus as “ the righteousness of God  “ as being “ without the law is manifested “ - that is, set apart from the Law.

 

Jesus said;

Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.

For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.

But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words? “   John 5:45-47

 

 

“ being witnessed by the law and the prophets; “

 

Moses, Abraham even before the Law was ever written, and all the prophets knew about Jesus and believed in Jesus.

 

The Greek word “ marturoumene “ translated “ being witnessed “ means to bear witness, testify, bear record, be well reported of.

This is incredible.

Paul is saying that the Law and the prophets including Moses who wrote of Jesus according to Jesus;

 “ for he wrote of me.

all bear record and testify that Jesus is the righteousness of God, the Savior of mankind.

This is why the Ethiopian who was reading the prophets was curious about who the prophets were referring to;

“ And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.

And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,

Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.

Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.

And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?

And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:

In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.

And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?

Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?

And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. “   Acts 8:26-37

The Ethiopian knew there was someone special the prophet was referring to.

 

Check out what Peter said about the prophets. Contrary to popular opinion in today’s modern evangelical society, Peter said the prophets had the Spirit of Christ living in them!

Read the whole passage word for word!

“ Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:

Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

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;

Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. “     1 Peter 1:5-16

Yes my friend, Peter did declare that Jesus was in them too!

“ the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, “

As with any part of the Holy Bible that refers to salvation and its completion, according to the Holy Bible our salvation and its completionto the endis only as good as our continuance in “ the faith “ and keeping our inner faith in “ the faith.”

It is the Bible that declares grace and salvation is only in response to our faith;

“ For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast. “    Ephesians 2:8-9

Yes my friend, Paul did say only through faith;

“ saved through faith; “

James also said that though we claim to have faith, faith without works is like having no faith at all;

“ Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. “   James 2:17

“ For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. “  James 2:26

 

But believe what you want...this is what the Bible teaches! 

To know this you have to accept all the verses in the Bible and not reject what you do not like…which unfortunately is the case with most evangelicals today.

You cannot be of “ the faith “ and reject verses you do not like in the Bible.

This is why Paul said;

“ Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? “           2 Corinthians 13:5

I will continue with verse 22 in the next study.

Wayne Brown