I was asked recently what became of Judas (Iscariot) seeing how he betrayed Jesus and then killed himself. In answering that question, I hope this also will serve as a warning to those whose outcome will be similar due to false conversions. For a great deal of time, it was thought, without question, that Judas would remain unsaved for his actions and no further thought given to it. Over about the past 10-15 years (which is far as I have been able to trace it) has come the thought that, he repented, thus must have been saved. There is also the subjection that we aren’t told enough about him to know if he repented any more before he killed himself. Let’s look at those two points.
Judas “repenting” is recorded here:
3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.
5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
In this passage we see the word repent, and the act of feeling sorry for this act. The issue here is repentance, versus Godly repentance. You can feel sorry for something, one act, and it still not bother you for all the others. That is a worldly repentance. I know of thieves that robbed many places, news was made of a widow who was a victim and on hard times, and the thieves discreetly returned her money. That’s worldly repentance, because the rest of the people did not get their things back. I know of Nazi soldiers who repented of killing young children on firing lines, but didn’t care about the adults they murdered. Godly repentance is one in which the whole about you changes. You quit looking for excuses and loopholes to continue in ways that are wrong. You are convicted of ALL sin, not just one. Anything else is a worldly repentance and is NOT meet for salvation.
26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
2 Corinthians 7:10
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
So the argument still is glaring that we don’t know what Judas did before he killed himself. While that is true, there are a couple glaring issues that dismiss that thought. First, Jesus said Judas was the only one that He had lost, though that was to fulfill scripture:
While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
One might try the old “wiggle some more to make myself right” act and say that he was only lost like we all are and could have changed his mind still. To that is the most condemning verse of all right from Jesus:
The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born.
This type of thing would never be said of one who would later come to Godly repentance. It is ludicrous to believe Jesus would say such a thing, thus, through scripture, we see, Judas did not meet Godly repentance. Reader, have YOU met Godly repentance? Do you constantly live outside His will? Do you make excuses and look for what you feel are loop-holes to sin? Do you go through with acts and say, “I’ll just have to answer to the Man for it later.” If that is your line of thought, if you don’t have a real relationship with Christ, then you are absolutely correct. You will answer for it, and it won’t be pretty. Worldly repentance is not meet for salvation. Are you saved? Do you even know why you need to be saved? I would encourage you to read the article “The Plan of Salvation” located at http://www.mikeschristiancorner.com/salvation.html
In His Grace,
Mike Harris Jr.
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