Can one who, by committing the sin of murder, plunging his soul into eternity and thereby throwing away his last opportunity to repent, ever be saved? The answer to all these questions is obviously No! Reader, think carefully on these things! For one thing, we can see the steps that led to his eventually tragic end, and we must guard lest we take the same course. Sin, at its ending, is always obnoxious.
Even in this life there is nothing to be desired in the final outcome of a lifetime of dissipation and revelry.
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Physical ailments plague the last days of the majority of the wilfully rebellious. Peace of mind is always gone. The conscience, many times, allows its owner no rest. And the tortures of a body wrecked in sin remain when the pleasures and intoxications of the days of wantonness are gone.
But at the beginning of a life of sin, the very opposite is true. Sin often appeals to the mind and heart of the young. There may be, at first, a certain thrill, a certain joy, and a certain measures of excitement in an excursion into the paths of wrong.
But such an excursion leaves a bitter sting of remorse, and many times so blemishes the mind and body of the wayward one that nothing will ever completely remove that scar or restore him to the pristine, or original, innocence he once possessed. Let it not be thought, even for a moment, that these thrills of sin can equal the much greater, present-day compensations and the eternal rewards that we receive because of a life of righteousness.
Some have tired of the godly life, the righteous influence of those around them, and the ordered path of the faithful ones, and have sought something new and different. The beginnings of sin are attractive to them since they have turned their hearts away from the Source of true happiness and joy. But Saul closed his life on earth in a tragedy that is second only to that of Judas. He began to covet. He was placed in a position of responsibility in the little group that followed Jesus. But we are told that he became a thief. What he stole, or from whom it was stolen, is not told us.
But the fact that he was a thief is plainly set forth. It was then but a little step for him to bargain and covenant with the enemies of Christ. Jesus warned him, even to pointing him out as the one who would betray Him. Even the words of the prophets spoke to him of the tragic ending that was ahead for him if he committed the deed he contemplated.
He must have had knowledge of those words for they were known to Peter, who in all probability was far less educated than Judas. It was not after the receiving of the Comforter -— our Guide to lead us into all truth and to reveal the things of God to us -— that Peter quoted the words spoken prophetically of Judas. It was at least ten days prior to that event on the Day of Pentecost [ Psalms Let their habitation be desolate; and let none dwell in their tents.
Therefore, if Judas did not know, he could have known. He was justly condemned. Let the believer in the false doctrine of eternal security also note the condemnation of Judas in these prophetic passages.
How were Scriptures fulfilled in the case of Judas? (Part 4)
He was cut off in his own iniquity! And it is an inescapable fact that he had been, at one time, a righteous man! After the rejection of the warnings given him, Judas let Satan put a determination in his heart to commit the actual deed [ John And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him; ]. He was now the complete servant of Satan -— an antichrist of that early age -— a complete apostate and Christ-rejecter.
The hope that had once burned brightly in his heart was gone. He who had once been instrumental in the work of the Kingdom of Christ was now an abject and willing-hearted slave in the kingdom of Satan.
Since we know there is joy in Heaven over every soul that is snatched from the kingdom of darkness and brought into the Kingdom of Light, we can assume that there was fiendish glee and rejoicing in the realms of the damned when Satan accomplished that infamous deed. The next steps are obvious. Judas committed the deed without a tremor or bit of consideration for its terrible consequences. He felt no qualms of conscience when he kissed the pure, undefiled Christ of Glory, thereby giving the signal to the waiting armies that here was the One whom they sought.
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There was no affection in that kiss. There was no feeling of gratitude in it for all that Christ had done for him.
There was only the spirit of betrayal, the double-dealing of a traitor, and the spirit of covetousness that would sell the most priceless of Jewel of Heaven for a mere pittance. Judas received the equivalent of N The price that Judas set when bargaining with the enemies of Christ was that which was required, under the Law, as the most that could be exacted by a slaveholder when one of his best slaves was killed in an accident.
Judas had now come to the place of rejection of God and His Christ where he could sell his Master for no more than the price of a slave! Judas had remorse, but no repentance. There may have been people killed who were innocent of certain crimes or out-broken sins, and it could be said of those people that innocent blood had been shed.
Judas admitted his sin in betraying the divine Son of God, but more is necessary for salvation than a mere admission of guilt. The thieves on their crosses were both guilty, but only one was saved; and he was saved only because he called upon the Lord for mercy and for help, admitting his guilt.
How were Scriptures fulfilled in the case of Judas? (Part 4)
There is no salvation for the unrepentant. Judas never repented to God. He attempted to obtain a certain reconciliation by repenting to the chief priests and elders, but never once was his prayer directed to God — the only One who can forgive sins.
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Abandoned by God, rejected and scoffed at by those with whom he was conspiring, the former disciple and Apostle took his own life. We have seen that he sealed forever his own doom by ending his life with an act of sin, because in that very act of sin he passed out of this world to stand before his God, condemned for all his sins, unrepenting, and without hope. To what responsibilities had Judas been called? What responsibility was his among the immediate twelve Apostles?
In what way did Judas violate the commandment that righteous men should not seek the fellowship or unnecessary companionship of the ungodly? Judas Iscariot, who, after betraying Jesus, committed suicide instead of repenting, and went to hell for everlasting destruction. By saying, "Those whom You gave Me, I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition" John , is Jesus saying that He lost someone that He was expected to keep or should have kept? No, "gave" does not connote the need to 'keep.
Satan may have thought that he had managed to infiltrate Jesus' inner circle with a thief whose love of money could be used later to betray. But God the Father and Jesus knew perfectly well that Judas Iscariot would betray and that his betrayal would lead to Jesus' arrest and crucifixion, and had included him among the twelve for that purpose.