Judas Iscariot: Bible Story and Profile

by Robert Driskell on November 5, 2012 · Print Print · Email Email

Most expectant parents, when choosing a name for their soon-to-be born son, rarely choose the name “Judas”.  When one is familiar with the biblical story of Judas Iscariot, the reason for avoiding the name becomes clear.

Judas’ Name

The name ‘Judas’ is the Greek transliteration of the Hebrew name ‘Judah’ and means “praise Yahweh” [God].  Judas’ last name, Iscariot, probably means ‘man of Kerioth’.  Kerioth was a city of Moab near Hebron.  It is also possible  that ‘Iscariot’ means ‘assassin’ or ‘bandit’ and might tie Judas, and his father Simon (John 6:71) to a group of Jewish patriots known as Zealots.  However, it appears the stronger evidence favors ‘man of Kerioth’.

Profile of a betrayer

Judas is best remembered for his betrayal of Jesus to those who sought to harm Him

Judas was one of Jesus’ twelve original disciples.  He was the treasurer for the group (John 13:29), but was known as a miser and a thief (John 12:4-6).

Judas is best remembered for his betrayal of Jesus to those who sought to harm Him (Matthew 26:14-47; Mark 14:10-46; Luke 22:3-48; John 18:2-5).  After this betrayal, Judas felt remorse and tried unsuccessfully to return the thirty pieces of silver he had been paid to betray Jesus (Matthew 27:3-4).  Judas then went and hung himself (Matthew 27:5; Acts 1:18).

The Betrayal was no surprise to Jesus

Jesus had already identified Judas as a ‘devil’ (John 6:70-71).  Jesus clearly knew beforehand what the future held for Him.  Nevertheless, Jesus also made it clear that He had chosen Judas to be in His group of disciples just as He had chosen the other eleven.  This goes to show that it was all part of God’s plan.  Satan was not conspiring against Jesus without Jesus knowing.  Quite the contrary, nothing happens at all unless God either causes it or allows it.

To further make this point, we see that Judas’ act of betrayal was foretold in the Old Testament.  The apostle Peter, in Acts 1:16, tells us that David had prophesied about Judas Iscariot many years earlier, Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus.  For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry”…“For it is written in the Book of Psalms, “‘May his camp become desolate, and let there be no one to dwell in it’; [Psalm 69:25] and “‘Let another take his office’ [Psalm 109:8]”  (Acts 1:16-17, 20 ESV).

Was Judas saved or not?

The debate continues over whether Judas was truly a saved man who fell away or whether he was an imposter the whole time, or part of the time, he walked with Jesus and the other disciples.  I believe the biblical record leans toward Judas as a person who was always more concerned with his own will than with God’s will.

We are told that Satan entered Judas’ heart and ‘put it into his heart’ to betray Jesus (John 13:2, 27).  If this were the only verse concerning the condition of Judas’ heart, we could blame the entire betrayal on Satan.  However, even this verse does not say that Satan ‘forced’ Judas to do anything.  It says that Satan ‘put it into [Judas’] heart’ to betray Jesus.  The Greek here simply means that Satan tempted Judas with the idea of betraying Jesus.

James 1:14-15 tells us, “But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.  Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death” (ESV).  Satan put an idea into Judas’ heart that appealed to Judas’ selfish motives.  Judas heart condition was such that it was an open door to Satan.

What biblical evidence do we have that reveals the condition of Judas’ heart?  In the twelfth chapter of the Gospel of John, we have the story of Mary [the sister of Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead], in an act of worship, pouring out some expensive ointment onto Jesus’ feet.

However, instead of recognizing this act for the worship it was, Judas’ reaction revealed much about his heart’s condition. “But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?”  He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it”  (John 12:4-6 ESV).  Judas’ question, and the explanation that followed, tells us that Judas’ heart was not a heart touched, and changed, by the love of Jesus.  Judas was a man with his own ideas, plans, and motives.  Judas was not a man who loved God with all his heart, soul, mind, body, and strength.

The tragedy of missed opportunity

Judas remained committed to his own selfish plans and desires instead of following Jesus with all his heart.  It is tragic that someone who walked so close to Jesus could miss the truth.  There is at least one powerful lesson to be gleaned from what we know of the life of Judas.  It is possible to pretend on the outside to be what one is not on the inside.  One can act like a Christian while never experiencing true salvation.  One can also attend church regularly and fellowship with believers, but never truly be a follower of Jesus.  We can commit Judas’ same tragic act today if we are not willing “…to present [our] bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is [our] spiritual worship” (Romans 12:1 ESV).

As believers in Jesus Christ, we must be ever watchful that we are following God’s will for our lives and not our own selfish will.  Only then can we be sure we are safe from the temptation “of the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life” (I John 2:16 ESV).

Looking for more Bible studies/stories like this? Take a look at these articles:

Sources:

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version

“Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV)

Holman Bible Dictionary.  Trent C. Butler, gen. ed., Holman Bible Publishers, 1991 (pp. 720, 821-822, 837)


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Cheryl November 5, 2012 at 8:48 am

This is a question that I have reflected on a lot. You have given a convincing exegesis about Judas place in the Kingdom of God on earth and his place in salvation history. I look forward to reading the rest of your articles.

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Robert November 5, 2012 at 10:50 am

Thank you for reading and commenting Cheryl,
It has been a true blessing writing for this website. I have never done indepth studies on some of the topics that I have now written on. Therefore, when I write an article, I learn so much from the study I do prior to writing it. I truly believe the Bible has all the answers to all the question for which we need answers. Now, it doesn’t answer question we simply WANT to know, but it does answer the questions we NEED to know. God is so good…actually, He is the definition and source of all that is good.
Cheryl, I would invite you back to read, not only my articles, but other articles by other authors on this site. We exist to teach and encourage believers in their walk with the Lord. God bless you.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Jack Wellman November 5, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Very sound theologically Robert, but of course it is…you wrote it! Your biblical education and knowledge are so much revealed in all you write my brother. I so agree with your conclusion about Judas. The remarkable thing to me is that Jesus still welcomed him into the elite group of disciples showing that the opportunity to repent and confess come to all, no matter the intent of their heart. I always look forward with eager expectations to your works brother and I truly thank God for you.

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Robert Driskell November 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Thank you for your kind words, Jack.
I am thrilled every time I see a new truth I hadn’t seen in the Bible before. And I’ve realized that, the more I’m in His Word, the more times that can happen. Any insight I have, He has surely been gracious to give me. I’m am sincerely humbled and thankful that He continues to use me in His service. God bless you, Jack.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Derek Hill November 5, 2012 at 7:29 pm

This was a very informative article Robert. You have a wealth of knowledge and I know that God is using you in His perfect timing, even in this article. I agree with Jack that it is quite remarkable that Jesus chose Judas despite already knowing the outcome. For Jesus to give Judas a chance of repentance and true salvation even though He knew Judas was not a genuine follower, gives me so much peace. I know where I came from and I thank God every day for Jesus who pulled me out of the muck and mire! Long live the King!! God bless you brother!

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Robert November 6, 2012 at 7:04 am

Thank you, Derek,
Yes, God is so good. The Bible says that He died for us while we were still sinners. God’s wisdom is so much wiser than ours, every day I try to put my life, and my decisions, more in His hands. God is our only hope, in more ways than one. God bless you, brother.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Josh November 5, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Good article, Robert. I have a funny story for you involving Judas. I few years back one of the pastors at my church emailed me and said him and the other pastor were talking about the Easter play we were doing and thought you would make a good Judas. How are you suppose to take that one! I had to chuckle. I think they were trying to be positive about my acting but “making a good Judas” is not what I want to be know as!

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Robert November 6, 2012 at 7:06 am

Thank you for your kind words, Josh.
About your story, one wonders if it was a compliment on your acting abilities or a jab at your character. Hmmmmm. Well, I see you managed to overcome the event and move on. I agree with you, that no one wants to be a good Judas. God bless you.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Liz November 5, 2012 at 11:45 pm

When Jesus was alive, people weren’t saved in the sense that they are today. People definitely looked to Jesus in faith but none had the promise of the holy spirit imparted to the believer as an inheritance of salvation. We have the very nature of God himself, the holy spirit living in us as counselor, friend, and helper. The holy spirit is what works through us so that the saved can never fall backwards. None can be unborn once born again. The holy spirit today, even convicts the world of sin in the unbeliever and draws them to Him hopefully resulting in a man/woman becoming born again. The holy spirit will then reside permanently in the person as a guide.

With all that said, if Judas never really put his faith in the messiah/ Jesus, then he was truly hopeless.

Thank you for the article Robert.

John 16:7-13 (KJV)
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;

10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;

11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

2 Corinth 1:21-22
21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;

22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

1 Corinth 6:19-20
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

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Robert November 6, 2012 at 7:08 am

Thank you, Liz, for reading and commenting. How comforting it is to know that the very power of God resides within the believer to guide and strengthen him or her. God bless you, Liz. I pray He blesses you richly.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Patrick November 11, 2012 at 6:57 pm

I have really enjoyed reading your article Robert, my question is, the name Judas means praise God, but you hardly see any Christians with such a name. Is there anything into that.

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Robert November 12, 2012 at 7:44 am

Hello Patrick,
Thank you for reading and commenting. I think the story, of Judas betraying Jesus, is so well known that there are very few people who want to name their son Judas. It might be analogous to naming your son “Hitler” or “Manson”. I find it interesting that there are people who say they don’t think the Bible is true, but they still won’t name their son “Judas” because of of the record of him betraying Jesus…which is found in the Bible.
God bless you, Partick.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Mr A Cotton January 26, 2013 at 10:49 am

Jesus chose Judas not the other way round.
Jesus hastened Judas along to get it done,”What you are doing,do it more quickly” John 13:27.
When he was leaving the other Apostles thought he was going to buy some more bread,or something else.
Jesus actually told Judas to do it,and Judas obeyed him,so he obeyed Jesus.
In the garden when the mob arrived for Jesus.
Jesus called out “Who do you seek,They replied Jesus of Nazareth, “I am he”. They held back a bit,but again Jesus said “Who do you seek”again they replied Jesus of Nazareth. Then they rushed forward to grab him.
So evan Jesus was making it quite plain that he was the man who they wanted. In the bible there is one reference to Judas.
Where is He. It says in the bible that Judas is in Hades along with other`s is waiting for Jesus. Hades was a place for the dead it bore no resemblance to the Christian Hell.
It was never a place for punishment.
To me the jury is out on this one,because their is no real evidence,and i for one am not judging Judas. I am not fit to judge. That is for God to decide.
Judge ye not, lest you be judged.

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Robert January 28, 2013 at 8:35 am

Mr. Cotton,
You are absolutely right, God is the judge. I am always hopeful that people who have rejected God all their lives still realize the truth during those last moments (like the thief on the cross), repent, and get saved.
God bless you.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Mr A Cotton January 28, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Thank you for your email Robert.
I am just puzzled why is Judas waiting in Hades for Jesus. This has i said, was the only thing said about Judas in the bible after his death. I have been on a few sites,and one person said don`t be surprised if you see Judas sitting in a high place.
Are you from America Robert. In case you did not know i am from England,and religion sadly is declining here.
You mentioned the thief on the cross,and i often think about him. What a lucky man,but fortunately since then God left us the bible.

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Robert January 28, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Hi Mr. Cotton,
I do live in America, which, sadly, seems to be on a slow moral decline also. Could you tell me where in the Bible you are seeing that Judas is in Hades? I can’t find it. I might be using a different version of the Bible that translates a word differently, so would you be so kind as to tell me where you find this? It would help me answer your question. God bless you, Brother Cotton.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Mr A Cotton January 30, 2013 at 3:25 pm

To begin with Peter referred to people as “souls”and not “spirits”(3:20). In the New Testament,the word “spirits” is used to describe angels or demons,not human beings,and verse 22 seems to bear out this meaning.Also,nowhere in the bible are we told that Jesus visited Hell.Acts 2:31 says that he went to “Hades”(New American Standard Bible)but “Hades” is not Hell. The word “Hades” refers to the realm of the dead,a temporary place where they wait the resurrection.Revelation 20:11-15 in the NASB or the New International Version give a clear distinction between the two. Hell is the permanent and final place of judgment for the lost. Hades is a temporary place. Thats where Jesus went,because he had completed his sacrifice. They had to wait for Him. Their is also the Judas Gospel,which is a bit like the Dead Sea Scrolls which was found not long ago. It is available has a PDF file download. I will get you the name of the site so you can download it. I was dumbstruck when i started to read just a little bit. Thats what i am doing trying to understand it. Lazarus is in Hades as well. Hope this helped Robert. I do not no if you can remember i told you God was using you as a Tool to inspire me. Thanks Mr. A Cotton

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Jack Wellman January 30, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Hello Mr. Cotton. I suggest an article about the “Lost Gospel of Judas” and it exposes it using historical and manuscriptive evidence that might surprise you sir. Good to hear from you. I would warn anyone who reads this “gospel” to read this first because it is not only a highly questionable “gospel”, it is heretical to the uttermost.

http://voices.yahoo.com/is-lost-gospel-judas-biblical-origin-5210051.html?cat=37

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Mr A Cotton January 29, 2013 at 10:57 am

I thought you would ask that question. I should have bookmarked the site,but i also checked in my bible,and it says the same. I don`t actually read the bible has such,because i have difficulty deciphering the translation.
In this case i wanted to know about Judas what he did,and why.
I go on religious sites or Answers.com. Plus i google it. I have 2 bibles. One is the Catholic bible,and the other is the Cambridge Bible translated out of the Original Tongues,and its printed London&New York:Cambridge University Press 1957 Edition. I could not get the meaning between Jesus,and Judas. I will try my best to find that answer,because i also wanted it for my reference.It also told you the name of God. Even the Romans had names for their Gods,but we just use the word God. God warns you twice in the bible if you do not know his name He will curse your blessings,and curse those that are about to make a blessing. Is name is YHWH “I Am Who I Am” in Hebrew. In English it`s Yahweh.

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Jack Wellman January 30, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Please let me add that the Catholic Bible contains many Apocrypha books that are not all reliable either and they were not canonized like the general letters in the New Testament and even the Jews rejected the Apocrypha books in the Old Testament. I don’t mean to be questioning here but it is important that today the vast majority of Bible scholars and seminaries only accept the 66 books presently in the Bible today. If you Google “problems with the Apocrypha or read this article:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-are-the-apocrypha-books-should-they-be-in-the-bible/

you will see the issues that are troubling sir. Let me know what you think Mr. Cotton.

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Mr A Cotton February 1, 2013 at 6:51 am

When i said there is evan a gospel of Judas,thats when i started to talk about the Apocrypha books. You are right they don`t evan make sense. I think St Paul would have certainly mentioned these books,and he would have known.
Thank you for telling me about these books,and to be quite honest they are a load of rubbish,and also saving me time. Jack

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Jack Wellman February 1, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Thanks Mr. Cotton my friend. You are not alone in having a hard time understanding the Bible. I love the gospel of Mark for its written from a common man’s perspective and it is easier to understand than the others in my opinion. I love your humility my friend. I admire you for that for that’s an attribute of the Holy Spirit in you.

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Mr A Cotton February 2, 2013 at 7:39 am

I have two bibles.The Catholic one,and The Holy Bible plus The Daily Study Bible the Gospel of Matthew Volume 1 Chapters 1-10. The Catholic bible is a waste of time because they have left out 32 paragraphs,plus the Ten Commandments are different.
The Holy Bible is the one i look up for the quotes,but it has no IBSN No in it. I Googled it last night,and i could not find it.
I found out that it was 57yrs old,and it was printed by the Cambridge Press thats all it tells you. Yes i have heard about Marks Gospel,because they say he wrote it in Latin(Correct me if i am wrong) I have learnt a lot since coming to this site.
At the beginning i was looking for the other woman that God created so that incest did not happen,but i learnt later that God had no problem because he hadn`t made it yet until Leviticus said they had to stop doing,because it was causing problems.
I am still having trouble about God forgiven me. You have told me twice,and Dereck. Has Jesus said to Thomas to doubt so much you must want to be certain,and he still wouldn`t believe that he was there,until Jesus appeared the second time,and told him to put his hands in his wounds. Then Jesus said You have seen,and believe,but those who have not seen yet still believe. I think that message is for me a doubter now and again. I thought of Jesus when he was tempted by the Devil when he said no man can carry the weight of the sins of the world,and God the Farther sent an angel down to help.
I just thought of my sins,and that is painful enough,but for Jesus to carry the sins of the world what pain he must have went through. The Devil certainly knows when to come in.
I am not given in,because the Holy Spirit seems to turn up just when i need him.
I think i will get that Daily Study of Mark.
On a lighter note i see Wyatt Earp was in your state for about a year. Thanks very much Jack for the knowledge.

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Jack Wellman February 2, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Amen my good friend. We have a Catholic Bible but since there are many books in it that are not in the cannonized Bible, I don’t read it. I like my King James Version but really the New King James Bible is my favorite. It has margins that show the original Greek (in the New Testament) and Hebrew (in the Old) words in the margins so I get a better understanding of what the original authors mean.

Yes, Wyatt Earp was a legend here in Kansas, even in Wichita, which my church is near (being in Mulvane, KS). We have a lot of Western Legends like Doc Holiday too. I think you’ll like Mark’s gospel.

Here is an awesome link to read and study the gospel of Mark in the New King James Version at:

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=%20Mark%201&version=NKJV

May God richly bless you my good friend. Happy studying brother (if I may call you that).

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Mr A Cotton February 3, 2013 at 11:24 am

I too do not read the Catholic Bible,because they have left out about 32 paragraphs,and changed the Ten Commandments.
The reason why they have changed it because they worship idols,and a catholic priest would say they are there to remind you of that certain Person. Has far as i am aware nobody described these figures,and they did not have cameras in those days to show the figure of our Lord.
In your opinion Jack would all the people that are good throughout their life,but do not really bother with religion at all,and when they die people say or he was a very good man or woman,and they helped people with there problems.
I have heard this quite a few times,or they will go straight to Heaven,they were very good people?
So in your own opinion, would you be judging them.
To have an opinion would you be judging them.

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Jack Wellman February 3, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Thank you sir for your comment. Great questions. I love your hunger to learn more. That is rare these days and so my compliments Mr. Cotton. Let me say that the Bible says that in Romans 1:20 that ” For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are WITHOUT EXCUSE (my all caps).”

By the way, no one is good enough to go to heaven by just being a good person because as Isaiah 64:6 says, “All of us have become like one who is unclean,and all our righteous(good) acts are like filthy rags;we all shrivel up like a leaf,and like the wind our sins sweep us away.”

For more on this sir, please check out this link called “Who Goes to Heaven? Do Good People Go To Heaven?”

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/who-goes-to-heaven-do-good-people-go-to-heaven/

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Mr A Cotton February 4, 2013 at 10:27 am

Thanks for your answer. I knew it would be in the bible some where. Last night I Googled what did Jesus say about money.
Your ministry came into it. Jesus had nothing, everywhere Jesus went people gave Jesus and his Apostles food,or put them up in a barn. They probably gave them a small gift of money.
Jesus spoke a lot about money.
Today it`s different i live in a council house,have no car,and i cannot remember when i had a holiday. The main stream of people nearly all have the above. People are amazed when i tell them i have no car.
I know you have got to eat,and have a house. You may have a car,but this would be beneficial to your parishioners to those who are not very well.
The people i am talking about are the ones that are making quite a lot of money out of religion. The Vatican makes a fortune,because people put their money in there bank,because it`s tax free,and if Jesus went in there i think He would say exactly what he said to the pharisee`s,and more.
I did have a look on that site about Marks gospel,but i think i will buy Marks Study Bible. May i be known has Anthony instead of Mr A Cotton please Jack

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Jack Wellman February 4, 2013 at 11:29 am

Thanks Anthony my friend. What a joy to hear from you, as always. I am not among the rich behind the pulpit…that’s for sure. I get an “occasional” pulpit supply check for $100 but that’s not every Sunday plus I tithe 10% plus back to the church every Sunday so I have probably paid more IN to the church and received far less but that’s okay. That’s why I am a bi-vocational pastor. I have to work to support myself and that’s fine to because I didn’t enter the ministry to make money but to save souls and feed the flock. I am glad you are enjoying Mark’s gospel. It is among my favorites, as you are among my favorites here Anthony. May God richly bless you my beloved friend. You are truly a unique and special man of God and a man who hungers to learn more.

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Mr A Cotton February 5, 2013 at 11:18 am

I knew you would be getting some money,because quite some time ago i used to go round with the collection plate in my local catholic church. The priest told me exactly how the money was spent the same has you, this money went to support him the heating for the church,and repairs.
The people i am referring to are the likes of this John MacArther,and he has evan published his own book called The MacArther Study Bible costing $40 plus other material.
I listened to him on his sermon on Judas,and i did not like what he was saying. I wouldn`t mind if he used quotes from the bible he used his own. He said he was hated with venom in his voice,and he said you would not call a dog Judas(This caused a ripple of laughter) He kept the money box,and he stole from it,which is true. He spent some time slating Judas in his own words. This guy is the sort i am talking about, who you can tell that he is rich. I don`t think Jesus would approve of him being rich.
I know you disagree about Judas Jack that he is in hell,but i have been on quite a few sites,and people have said somebody had to be born to do this Act. If it wasn`t him, it would have been someone else. One guy even said don`t be surprised if you see Judas in a high seat in Heaven. Jesus urged him to do it “What you are doing,do more quickly. John 13:27 This puzzles me you would think Jesus would have stopped him,but he was part of the plan. Judas felt that terrible from what he had done,that he threw the money away,and hanged himself.
Can you throw some light on this Jack by his actions.

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Jack Wellman February 5, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Anthony, let me say that John MacArthur is as solid of a teacher and pastor as there is. The version he uses is not His own but is the English Standard Version (ESV) and the $40 price is excellent. Most Bibles you buy are more than that and this Bible of his is a Study Bible with copious notes and outlines. Study Bibles can cost more than $100.oo.

As for me getting some money at least…I don’t get paid every Sunday and more than not, I don’t but I do use my pulpit supply to help others and I tithe back to the church 30% of it and tithe in the offerings too so I am not getting much but that’s okay.

As for John 13:27 and “”What you are doing,do more quickly.” Jesus told Judas to go ahead and do his betrayal of Him to the religious leaders. Jesus never makes anyone stop what they are doing physically or verbally because there is no love in being commanded to do something or not do something. If God (Jesus included, Who is God also) kept us from doing things or not doing things, then where is the love at? If we are forced or told to do something then we are not doing it out of love.

I believe there is not so much an issue of whether Judas was judged or not but that we should not be betraying our Savior by denying Him in front of others or betraying Him by not standing up for what is right.

You said “quite a few other sites and people have said somebody had to be born to do this act” still doesn’t relieve Judas of his sin because he had free will and no one forced him to betray Jesus. The guilt he felt and hanged himself was not a godly sorrow that leads to repentance. Judas could have come back to the Savior and asked for His forgiveness and repented but he did not. This guy who said “don’t be surprised if you see Judas in a high seat of heaven” I would ask, what Bible verse does he have to support this? Also the “quite a few (other) sites” and “people have said” is worthless compared to what the Bible says.

People can be and often are wrong but the Bible never is.

Scripture prophecies show that he was revealed as the betrayer [Ps.41:9; 69:25; 109: Ac.1:16; Mt.26:21-25]. He betrayed Christ for 30 pieces of silver [Zec.11:11,12; Mt.26:14-16, etc.]

The Bible clearly indicates that Judas was not saved. Jesus Himself said of Judas, “The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born” (Matthew 26:24). Here is a clear picture of the sovereignty of God and the will of man working together. God had, from ages past, determined that Christ would be betrayed by Judas, die on the cross for our sins, and be resurrected. This is what Jesus meant when He said He would “go just as it is written about him.”

the fact that it was all foreordained does not excuse Judas or absolve him from the punishment he would suffer for his part in the drama. Judas made his own choices, and they were the source of his own damnation. Yet the choices fit perfectly into the sovereign plan of God. God controls not only the good, but also the evil of man to accomplish His own ends. Here we see Jesus condemning Judas, but considering that Judas travelled with Jesus for nearly three years, we know He also gave Judas ample opportunity for salvation and repentance. Even after his dreadful deed, Judas could have fallen on his knees to beg God’s forgiveness. But he did not. He may have felt some remorse born of fear, which caused him to return the money to the Pharisees, but he never repented, preferring instead to commit suicide, the ultimate act of selfishness.

In John 17:12, Jesus prays concerning His disciples, “While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.” At one time, though, Judas believed that Jesus was a prophet, or possibly even believed He was the Messiah. Jesus sent the disciples out to proclaim the gospel and perform miracles (Luke 9:1-6). Judas was included in this group. Judas had faith, but it was not a true saving faith. Judas was never “saved,” but for a time he was a follower of Christ.

Again, we should not be overly concerned with whether Judas was saved or not (although the Scriptures show that he was apparently not) we should take a lesson from him that we not betray our Lord for 30 pieces of silver (money over God) and that we do not deny Him before others.

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Mr A Cotton February 6, 2013 at 10:59 am

I fully respect what you say Jack,but John MacArthur does have his book Entitled “John MacArthur Study Bible” he wrote it..
Has for you Jack you do it,because you where chosen by God to do what you do. I am fully aware of your financial situation,and you certainly don`t do it for the money.
I still stand by my evaluation of John MacArthur,and there was another pastor named John Piper now he was good. I felt the vibration`s coming from the two,and I have downloaded his sermon. To me their is a vast difference between the two,and i would defiantly choose John Piper.
About Judas if you go to this site http://www.tentmaker.org he uses quotes from the bible,and Bibles are all controversial,because of the mistranslation`s that are in them.
Take the Catholic religion,it`s the biggest religion in the world,but if you read there bible you would not agree with a lot of things in it. Thats one of the reasons I left the Catholic Church,amongst the deceit,lies,and evan killings
I said on one site that they were killings in the Vatican,and i was warned off about this, saying you are spreading inflammatory comments. I was aloud to reply,and i told her of the Two Swiss Vatican Guards that were killed inside the Vatican,and they covered it up. The Vatican is classed has a country. No autopsies where carried out,and the mother of one of them is still trying to find out what happened to her son. I told her the site,and it was in a Paper called The Gazette. She read the story in this paper,and she did not evan apologise to me. I evan found this out when you said you like Marks Gospel,and so do I. The Gospels of Mathew,and Luke are very similar to Mark`s. They wrote there gospels after Mark,and there seems to be proof that they copied off Mark. John`s version is his own.
One being knows where Judas is,and thats God.

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Mr A Cotton February 6, 2013 at 12:59 pm

I have just been listening to Pastor John Piper on “How To Argue with God” He was talking for about 35mins.and before he evan ended it was like a lance piecing my heart before he ended.
He really taught me how to prayer to God the Farther.
Anthony

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Jack Wellman February 6, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Anthony, John Piper (of Desiring God.org) is a very, very good teacher, pastor, & author. I am overjoyed you love his messages. This man is Spirit-filled for sure and one of the most godliest men that I know of.

I agree, God alone knows for certain where Judas is at. It is really none of my or our business to think about Judas but to me more concerned with our own state of affairs and work on our own salvation.

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Mr A Cotton February 7, 2013 at 9:26 am

Yes i couldn`t agree with you more about Judas.
You are quite right I should be concerning myself about saving my soul.
The title attracted me to listen to John Piper called “How to Argue With God” I took it literally,but of course it wasn`t.
It was about David asking God to help.
He said in a way that you could understand what he was getting at all the time.
Same has you Jack when you tell me something what things are in the bible. I go off and read the quote.
The reason why i thought John Piper was good,he had the message, in what he was talking about.
I had to trust God 100% because He is my God,and don`t be frightened because you are a sinner,thats the more reason you should run to God has he put it.
Evan you Jack have told me twice that God will forgive me if i ask God.
I feel that ashamed has i told you before,and that`t what the devil wants. He certainly knows when to step in.
The pain Jesus must of felt when he took on the sins of the world,and the devil stepped in there.
The top and bottom of it I was terrified of God,and that he was a God of terror. How wrong was I.
The both of you are right,but thats what i have got to fight,and keep the two of you in mind.
Thanks Jack for what you have already taught me.

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