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Was Judas Saved? (Part 2)

The case of Judas is not an easy case unless you come into Scripture with an agenda to prove him either way.  As I stated before, Judas, at times, seems like a mystery.  I can see the case for and against his salvation.  Those who reject apostasy will quickly write off Judas as a false convert and never saved from the beginning.  Those, like myself, who hold to conditional security will point out the many times Judas was listed among the Twelve or the fact that he himself was chosen by Jesus.  Jesus even said to the Twelve that their names were written in the book of life (Luke 10:20).  He goes on in Luke 10:23-24 and tells His disciples (which included Judas) how blessed they were to see what they were seeing.  Though this last verse does not prove salvation, it does establish that Judas was among His intimate disciples.  This was not a man who walked as a pagan the entire time he was with Jesus it would seem.

By the way, the case of Judas is not necessarily about Arminianism and Calvinism.  While I would think that all Calvinists view Judas as lost, not all Arminians believe Judas was saved.  I myself have gone back and forth on this issue.  It is sort of like my eschatology views, they are always in flux.  I have not firmly come down on the side that Judas was saved though I admit that I lean that way.

Let us begin this study by merely establishing some basic truths about Judas Iscariot.  First, his name.  Matthew 10:4 is the first place in the New Testament that we find his name.  His name was a common Jewish name during the time of Christ.  The surname Iscariot either comes from a place of that time, perhaps his father’s name, or some suppose that his surname was given after his death.  The word Iscariot can mean “strangulation” and Judas died by hanging himself on a tree (Matthew 27:3-10).  Judas’ surname often appears with him though in the Gospels to separate him from other Judas’ who no doubt had followed Jesus as the name Judas was a common name.

Judas was chosen by Jesus to be His disciple.  We read in Matthew 10:1-4 this choice.  Further, verse 1 tells us that Jesus gave His Twelve disciples the power “over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction.”  The means that Judas was anointed by God Himself to cast out demons.  If Judas was lost, this would mean that Judas was casting out Satan (Matthew 12:26).  Further, Judas was given the same instructions by Jesus in Matthew 10:5-15 about preaching the gospel which means that Judas also preached the gospel as the rest of the Apostles did.

Concerning Judas, we read of him in the Old Testament prophecies (Psalm 109:8; Zechariah 11:12).  Judas is mentioned in Matthew 26:14; 27:3; Mark 14:43; John 6:70; 12:4; 13:26, 30; Acts 1:16.

We read about the various sins of Judas which point to his possible false conversion.  He is said to be greedy (Matthew 26:14-15), hypocrisy (John 12:5-6), treachery (Mark 14:10; Luke 22:47-48), dishonesty (John 12:6), and his remorse of over his betrayal of Jesus (Matthew 27:3-4; Acts 1:18).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

07/03/2013 at 11:01 AM

Posted in Apostasy

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