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 6-26-11 )

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

 

Let’s continue.

 

I’m continuing my discussion on the sin of being;

 

21.)  “ unmerciful “

 

I have much to say about this sin.

 

Another example of showing mercy is when Joseph forgave his family.

As with the story about David showing mercy to his enemy Saul, this is also a touching story.

“ And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.

Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.

For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest.

And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.

Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not:

And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children's children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast:

And there will I nourish thee; for yet there are five years of famine; lest thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast, come to poverty.

And, behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin, that it is my mouth that speaketh unto you.

And ye shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that ye have seen; and ye shall haste and bring down my father hither.

And he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck, and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his neck.

Moreover he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them: and after that his brethren talked with him. “  Genesis 45:4-15

 

Both Joseph and David could have got even with their enemy.

But they chose to show mercy.

My friend, the Bible is quite serious about showing mercy.

Jesus is the only one who taught this and the Holy Bible is the only book that teaches to be merciful.

 

James said;

“  For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. “    James 2:13

 

Jesus clearly said;

“  And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses. “    Mark 11:25-26

 

“  Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? “    Matthew 5:43-47

 

And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.

So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses. “        Matthew 18:34-35

 

Peter said;

“ For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?  “    1 Peter 4:17-18

It is interesting that Peter said about us as born again christians;

“ And if the righteous scarcely be saved, “

Wow! Did Peter say that we as born again christians;

“scarcely be saved ”?

Yes, he sure did.

This is why the entire Bible, ( when studied in its entirety and not just “ bits and pieces “ of it, as is generally done, depending on the church company you choose to follow)…teaches that we are saved by grace through our inner faith that we chose to place in God’s Son Jesus Christ and by our acknowledgment that we are sinners and choose to repent from our sins…and that though we say we have faith and have not works, our faith is dead.

Since our salvation hinges on our faith in God’s Son Jesus as being the only way to make it to Heaven when we physically die, then we will be in Heaven when we physically die, according to Jesus’ promise;

Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. “    John 8:23-24

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  “   John 3:16

 

This is God’s grace and mercy that He has shown the world in that He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to die for us, that if we would only believe in Jesus, He will forgive us and accept us into Heaven when we physically die.

But this is what most human beings cannot accept.

But nevertheless, it is for the taking if any of us want to believe what Jesus said.

 

However, since God is just and fair, He will judge even those of us who believe in His Son Jesus Christ.

Not just the non-believer will be judged.

We too will be judged.

The writer of Hebrews said;

“  For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. “   Hebrews 10:30

Yes my friend, the writer did say;

“ The Lord shall judge his people. “

The same Paul who said about us as born again christians;

“ …but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. “   1 Corinthians 6:11

also said;

“ But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons. “    Colossians 3:25

and also 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

 

James said;

“ But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. “

James 4:16-17

Wow! Did James say that a born again christian who is washed, justified, sanctified, forgiven and made a new creature can commmit sin?

Yes he did my friend!

“ to him it is sin. “

 

Since all this applies to us as born again christians, this is one of many reasons Jesus said multiple times about those of us who follow Him;

But many that are first shall be last; and the last first. “   Mark 10:31

In other words, whatever our position is in this earthly life, we just might be dropped to a new low on the day of judgment, since Jesus knows our heart and motive.

 

Listen up!

The point in all this is that we as born again christians, even though we are saved by our faith in Jesus God’s Son Jesus will make it to Heaven when we die, will still have to go through judgment that only applies to our life since we were saved, not before we were saved.

All our sins before we came to Jesus through our faith in Him are forgiven and cast into the sea of forgetfulness as the Bible says.

Those sins will ever be brought up on the day of our judgment, like it will for those who do not believe in Jesus.

It will be a terrible thing for the non-believer on the day of their judgment.

But for our judgment - that is, those of us who believe in Jesus, we can eliminate a lot of shame and embarrassment if we show mercy to those who do us wrong…just as Joseph and David did to their enemies.

This is why James said about our judgment;

“  For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. “    James 2:13

If we show our enemies mercy, then God will show us mercy on the day we stand before Jesus and give account of our life .

This is why Jesus also said;

But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses. “    Mark 11:26

 

So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses. “     Matthew 18:35

 

For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? “    Matthew 5:46-47

 

Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. “      Revelation 3:11

 

This is why Paul said to us as born again christians;

“ But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons. “    Colossians 3:25

 

And depending on the severity of the condition of our heart toward someone it could alter our faith, since obviously John warned us in saying;

“ Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. “   1 John 3:15

 

My friend, if you are a born again christian and you are having trouble forgiving someone who has done you wrong, especially when someone repeatedly does you wrong and never stops doing you wrong, just remember what David and Joseph did in showing mercy to their enemy.

Also remember Paul who had to deal with a repeat offender;

“Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works:

Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words.  “  

2 Timothy 4:14-15

 

We must forgive and turn vengeance over to the Lord.

If it is any consolation to you, remember what Paul said;

“ Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. “    Romans 12:17-21

 

The Lord will get even.

“ Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. “

But we are commanded to forgive and not to get even.

He might wait to get even on our behalf until the moment we stand before Jesus and are judged.

Jesus Himself told us that there will be greater and lesser people in Heaven;

Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. “     Matthew 5:19

Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. “    Matthew 11:11

Even then, forgiveness must be genuine and sincere and from our heart or it is like when James said faith without works is dead.

Jesus wants those of us who follow Him to all get along peacefully even now in this earthly life.

The Lord will judge righteously and fairly when the time comes.

This is why James said;

“ Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. “   James 5:8-9

 

And this is why Paul said;

“ Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.  “   1 Corinthians 4:5

 

Since we as born again christians do not have to live in fear of going to hell as will the non-believers when they stand in judgment before God after they physically die, our concern will be the outcome of our judgment that deals with our life after we were saved and what we did.

But even then, it will not be so much as to what we did, as to why we did what we did.

In other words, the result of our judgment will mainly determine our motive for what we did, not so much as to what we did…even though that is also important.

The problem is, we can do lots of good works but if our motive is not pure, that can ruin everything we ever did in this life.

This is why Paul described a born again christian who will lose his or her reward as suffering when it happens.

“  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 3:15

The Greek word that is translated “ suffer” means to injure, to experience detriment.

Yes, this can and will happen to some of us, even as a new creation in Christ Jesus!

Do not kid yourself.

This is another Biblical truth that most evangelical christians reject today.

Nobody wants to hear this part of the Bible taught.

To make your judgment better, remember to show mercy and be a merciful person.

The Lord will forgive us for the wrong we do as well.

Because we showed mercy He will show us mercy.

But do it in sincerity.

This will help us on that day.

 

I will discuss verse 32, the last verse in Romans chapter 1, 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