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 2:6-11

************Note from Wayne********************

I was reading through my old study from many years ago on John 2:6-11 and thought I would let you read it.

Enjoy!

Wayne Brown

John 2:6-11

“ And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.
And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast.
And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew
the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when
men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.
This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him. “

 

Let’s continue.

As you recall in our last study of verses 1-5 we learned that Jesus’ mother Mary knew how important her Son is and knew He could bail them out of a predicament at this wedding feast.
We also saw that Jesus shows Mary His mother no preferential treatment just because she is His mother.

We should learn from this.

Rather, Jesus said His true “family” is anyone who does the will of the Father in Heaven.

 

“ And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying
of the Jews, “


The Greek word “ katharismon” translated “purifying” means a ceremony of cleansing
or washing before and after meals as a custom of the Jews.
The 6 water pots were probably used to wash hands before eating.

 


“containing two or three firkins apiece. “

The Greek word “metretes” translated “firkins” means measures and actually in the Greek reads - “metretes duo e treis” meaning in English…measures 2 or 3.
“ Metretes “ is a measurer which is a species of measure used for liquids, containing 72 sextarii or slightly less than 9 gallons. These 6 water pots each would hold about 9 gallons of water.
It is interesting that Jesus used the very pots the Jews used for washing their hands before
eating in their ‘cleansing ceremony’, that might have been a type of religious observance
as well for the wine He was about to create that they would be drinking from.

I’m not sure if Jesus meant anything by doing it this way or not but to me it is interesting that He would use the same water pots.



“Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. “


These people knew something unique was about to happen but probably not sure what, so they took advantage of the situation and filled those pots to the top.

If I had been there, I would have done the same.

 



“And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast.
And they bare it. “


Can you imagine what was going through the heads of these people just after pouring ordinary water in these pots and Jesus telling them to serve it to the governor to drink? This was water from the pots they used for washing hands.

 



“When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not
whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew the governor of the
feast called the bridegroom,
And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and
when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good
wine until now. “

 


When Jesus turned the water into wine is not for sure because by the time it reached
the mouth of the governor of the feast it was for sure wine.
The Greek word “methusthosin” translated “ have well drunk ” means intoxicated, drunken.
While there are Bible commentators who will try to tell you that the Greek word “methusko” has 2 meanings - one being to become drunk and the other to be satisfied from drinking without being intoxicated… this is not true. There are not 2 meanings for the Greek word “methusko”.
The actual form usage of “ methusko “ in this verse being “methusthosin” actually means to become drunken and intoxicated.

There are not 2 meanings for the Greek word “oinou” either.

 


“and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;)"

The people who took the water to the governor knew Jesus was the one who turned the water into wine and when... the exact moment He did, since they were carrying it.



“ This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; "


The Greek word “ semeion” translated “miracles” means signs.
The Greek phrase “archen ton semeion” actually means beginning of 'the signs'.
What is meant here in this verse is that Jesus began on this day in Cana to confirm His being sent by God with 'the signs', this being the first sign.
The Bible says this was Jesus’ first sign or miracle.



“and his disciples believed on him. “


Again Jesus’ disciples put their faith in Him.
If you are a born again believer, which means you are an adopted son or daughter of God by faith, be happy for this.
The world is searching for happiness.
If you are born again into the family of God you will know in your heart what your purpose for living is. You do not need to go out and spend $24.95 on a book to tell you what your purpose for being here is.
A person who does not know Jesus might buy such a book, along with all the other self-help books that are out there but a born again christian who is saved should already know in his or her heart what the purpose for being here is.

One can find answers in the book known as the Holy Bible and in having a one on one relationship with Jesus.
If you have a personal relationship with Jesus you will know that your relationship with Jesus is the purpose of existence.
My dad would say…” Life’s the pits and then you die. “ It does not have to be that way but I certainly understand what he meant.  LOL
Jesus even said that life has its daily hardships and we should take each day at a time because there are enough troubles in one day, we don’t need to add to it by worrying about tomorrow.
This present life with all its troubles will help us appreciate Heaven all the more when we get there.
I cannot imagine not having Jesus in my life. I was saved at a very young age and I guess
because of this I never needed to know what my purpose driven life was all about. I just never needed to know what my purpose in life was because I knew Jesus and knew He lived in my heart from the moment I knelt at the altar in church and prayed and felt Him come inside me and He was as real as holding my wife in my arms and feeling her love and that was enough for me just in knowing this. I did not need to know anything else. I never lived a perfect sinless life but because I was born again and Jesus lived inside me I never felt lost, not knowing what on earth I was here for and where I was headed and never needed to know what my purpose of existence is.
I was saved when I was a child and lived with one foot in Heaven and the other in the world much of my life. No matter how sinful I became though, I never renounced my faith in Jesus.
But I also knew that I could not keep that up for too long because a born again christian
living in sin and 'keeping the faith' is not a good mixture. Something will have to eventually change…either he will come to repentance and change his lifestyle or he will change his faith and follow other gods. Sometimes I would go to the nightclubs on Saturday night and then go to church the very next morning.

This is why I teach so much against a born again christian living in sin and come against sin in the church so much because all those wasted years I was living without
God’s best for me. God will not fully bless us if we are living in disobedience unto Him. It is hard to live in faith when we are living in disobedience… it just doesn’t work. Answers to prayer are hindered when our heart is not right with God.

He is tolerant, patient and loving yes, but He will not give us His best in our life if we choose to live in sin.

Most born again christians turn to books other than the Bible to find answers. Their relationship with the Lord has grown cold and the Bible is no longer enough for them…nor is Jesus enough for them anymore.
They feel like the Lord is not listening to them anymore but the truth is they are the ones who have left their first lovewhich was Jesus, when they first got saved.
The Bible is not enough anymore for these christians who have grown cold.
But if you are saved and not habitually practicing sin as a lifestyle, then you can have confidence in taking life by the tail and living life to its fullest, not as the world teaches living life to its fullest but as the Bible teaches it.

Jesus said He came that we might have life and have it more abundantly.
When we pray we can have confidence that God will hear us and give us the desires of our heart if our heart is clean before Him and if our heart does not condemn us.
As a child of God we have authority over satan even though he is the god of this world.
Greater is He who is in us than he that is in the world…remember this verse?
We do not have to live in defeat over worrying about losing our job. Someday we will be our employer’s boss.

Jesus promised this!

And until then Jesus will take care of His own.
We always knew our parents would take care of us when we were kids and I hope your childhood was as good as mine. I always knew mom and dad would come through.

We can have this same comfort with our Lord, knowing He will always come through. Never in my life has the Lord failed to come through for me.

While I was a fool He was wise. I reaped for my sinful lifestyle yes, but I never skipped a meal, never had to sleep out on the streets, and always had clothes.

He never let me win the lottery all the times I asked Him to help me and for obvious reasons, but He always met my needs and He still does.
If our heart is clean before Him and does not condemn us, He will do more for us than meet our daily needs.
Jesus promised us that the miracles He did we can do and can do more.

 

I will continue with verse 12 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

John 10:1 ( posted 8-15-11 )

 

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. “

 

Let’s continue.

 

 “ Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. “

 

To understand this parable we must stay with the focus of attention Jesus is drawing us to…which happens to be Himself.

The door Jesus refers to here He later declares to be Himself.

I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. “  John 10:9

The sheepfold, is quite obviously those who follow Jesus.

Jesus often refers to people who follow Him as sheep.

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: “   John 10:27

So, Jesus is presenting Himself as not only the doorbut also as the Shepherd of His sheep.

Peter said;

“ For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.  “  1 Peter 2:25

The Greek word “ poimen “ often translated shepherd can be translated either as pastor or shepherd and is understood as both in the same in the religious realm.

As Paul describes the position of a church leader as a pastor appointed by God;

“  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; “  Ephesians 4:11

Jesus describes the person in this position in this parable as a hired employee;

But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.

The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.John 10:12-13

The Greek word “ misthotos “ translated hireling means wage worker, hired servant and can be referred to either in a good or bad sense.

In reality, in a sense we as followers of Jesus Christ are all wage workers.

Jesus clearly said;

When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee.

But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:

And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just. “   Luke 14:12-14

Jesus also described the Kingdom of God as in the sense of conducting business with those of us who follow Him;

“  For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.

And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,

And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.

Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.

And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?

They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.

So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.

And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.

But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.

And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house,

Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.

But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?

Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.

Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?

So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen. Matthew 20:1-16

 

 

Continuing on with the verse of our study today…

 

but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

 

Here, Jesus admits there will be people who will try to get into Heaven any way other than through Jesus Himself.

Jesus said;

And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. “       Matthew 11:12

 

The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it. “    Luke 16:16

The Greek word “ biazetai “ translated presseth  “ means the same as in Matthew 11:12, to force violently.

What Jesus is getting at in all this is that people who will not believe Him to be the only way to Heaven and will rather choose to attempt to go to Heaven through their own means - that is, believing anyone or anything but Jesus, according to Jesus is an act of violence.

Attempting to enter Heaven by any means other than Jesus, Jesus describes this as a violent attempt to enter Heaven.

In other words, anything outside of Jesus as a means for a person to enter Heaven, any faith or belief other than in Jesus for a person as a means to enter Heaven, this person is considered by Jesus to be;

the same is a thief and a robber. “

Yes, Jesus Himself said;

but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

Paul stays with this teaching of Jesus by saying;

“ And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.  “  2 Timothy 2:5

 

To sum all this up, everyone wants to go to Heaven. Everyone has his or her own plan how to get to Heaven after physical death.

One man wanted his shotgun to be buried with him in his casket after he died.

His reasoning behind this was…” If saint Peter does not let me into Heaven, I'll blast my way in. “

But believing Jesus and His claim to be the only way to Heaven, like this man and his shotgun, most people will not do.

This is why Jesus said;

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. “    Matthew 7:13-14

 

I will continue with verse 2 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

Summary of Romans Chapter One ( Part 4 - Final )

 

Paul describes us as human beings as we really are in chapter one of Romans.

A person that denies this is a fool and lives in denial.

It goes against the common belief that we are not such a bad person after all.

The Bible says no matter how good a person we think we are, our righteousness is but filthy rags according to God’s standard of righteousness and that makes us unworthy of going to Heaven.

This is one reason Jesus was necessary.

God requires a life of righteousness that lives up to His standards and Jesus was and is the only person who is able to do that.

According to Paul this same Jesus, God will some day judge every human being by. God will judge us by the words of this Jesus and the life of holiness this same Jesus lived.

If we cannot match God’s standard of holiness then we are in serious trouble.

If we go through life thinking we have never done anything wrong or wasn‘t such a bad person as the Pharisee thought of himself that Jesus referred to, then it won’t be a concern and we will feel no need to repent and ask for forgiveness.

But when we stand before God on that day, we will then see how useless we really are and deserving of eternal hell we really are.

It is then we will see why we are going to eternal hell.

But for now most human beings do not know this yet nor would even believe this Biblical truth.

When we are young with our whole life ahead of us, this is usually not a concern and unfortunately when we are old and bitter it is too late to admit we were wrong and did anything wrong because we are so set in our ways…and too smart.

This is a fact about human nature in general.

 

HOWEVER, if at anytime in our life we still have a conscience and still know what God put in us when we were born, according to what Paul said in Romans chapter one, the gospel of Jesus Christ that Paul mentions is “ good news.”- thus, the literal meaning of the word gospel.

Why is the gospel of Jesus Christ literally “ good news ”?

It is because human beings who actually feel guilt, shame, unworthiness for Heaven, feel totally lost and helpless, condemned and without hope God has provided “ good news.”

This “ good news ‘ is in Jesus Christ His only begotten Son.

The “ good news  “ is that Jesus fulfilled the standards of God’s requirements both in holiness, righteous living and in being the sacrifice necessary to appease God’s wrath.

Jesus was the One who went through all this for all human beings.

God so loved the world that He sent His only Son to live a life of holiness that fulfilled God’s requirements and to die as a sacrifice for our sins that could only appease God.

The continued “good news” is that if we believe all this - that is, simply believe in Jesus as the One who did all this for humanity, the person who does believe all this will be forgiven and saved from ending up in eternal hell after physical death.

God knew we could not live up to Him.

Jesus did this for us.

So, when we stand before God on the day of judgment we can say with confidence to God, I stand here because of what Jesus your Son did for me.

Jesus is who gets us into Heaven, my friend - not our own works.

 

But we must also realize our sinful condition and repent of it and admit that we are sinners.

Jesus said we must repent and believe the gospel.

God provided grace through His Son Jesus.

But God’s grace is extended only to those who repent and believe the gospel.

It is like thirsting for water from dehydration. There is a faucet of water with water ready to be poured out. But if we do not reach out to turn the faucet on, there will be no water available for us to drink.

By our own rejection in refusing ro turn the faucet handle on, we are rejecting something that can save our life.

James said God resists the proud but gives grace to the himble.

If we humble ourselves before God, repent and ask forgiveness and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, then our life will be saved.

 

Think about all the wonderful things we enjoy in everyday living…and I mean wonderful things, not wicked things we enjoy.

Think how terrible it will be to be confined in hell without any mountain views, no ocean views, no flowers, no rivers, no shopping malls, no restaurants to eat at no moon or sunsets to see and so on.

That will all be over after we die.

But we do not necessarily have to end up in hell and lose all this enjoyment.

There is a way to keep the things we enjoy in life.

Jesus said;

I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?  “   John 11:25-26

 

God loves you. This is why He created all these things I mentioned. They are for your enjoyment.

And He wants you to enjoy these things forever.

All He asks is that you acknowledge you are a sinner, repent and believe in His Son Jesus.

You do not have to die for your sins.

You do not have to go to hell temporarily to pay for your sins.

You do not have to punish yourself in this life and deprive yourself in this life to pay for your sins.

Jesus paid it all for you.

If you feel guilty right now and feel like there is no hope, read the book of John in the New Testament of the Holy Bible.

Get down on your knees, humble yourself and talk to Jesus.

He will listen to you.

No matter what you have done He will forgive you.

Jesus still forgives even today.

 

It does not matter what you have done.

Jesus will forgive you if you repent and believe His gospel.

Just what is ‘ repentance “?

If you have someone in your life you truly love and you know you are doing something behind their back that if they knew about it would hutt them terribly, chances are you would stop doing it because of your love for that person…right?

That is what repentance is.

 

I hope you can find it in your heart to feel remorse, guilt and shame for your sins against God…just as you would for the person you love the most in your life who you might be hurting.

This is a good kind of guilt and shame.

This is one way the Holy Spirit convicts us in trying to bring us to repentance before God.

If we do repent, God will not hold things against us when we repent and believe in Jesus.

God will wipe our past life of sin clean and we can start a new life in Him.

Even if you already are born again and belong to Jesus but living in sin, God will forgive you too if you repent and ask His forgiveness.

Wayne Brown