Q. Was Judas ever saved? Did he backslide? Did he go to hell?
A. Scripture says "Satan entered into
Luke 22:3 "Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve."
John 13:27 "And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly."
John 13:2 says, "And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's [son], to betray him."
Jesus called Judas a devil:
John 6:70 "Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? "
Yet Scripture refers to Judas as "one of his disciples" (John 12:4 and Luke 6:13, 16), and "one of the twelve" (Luke 22:47; John 6:41)
Judas saw the miracles (Luke 6); he attended prayer meetings of Jesus with his other disciples (John 18:2). He had a "ministry" (Acts 1:17) and place of responsibility among the believers (John 13:29). He was trusted by the other believers - enough to carry the bag of money (John 13:29).
Apparently Judas thought - or at least attempted to appear - that he was a believer ("manifest thyself unto us"), as opposed to being one of those in the world:
John 14:22 "Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?"
Notice what Acts 1 says about Judas - that "he was numbered among us" (v. 17, i.e., was a disciple) - that Judas' fall was prophesied in the Old Testament (v. 16) - and that he had had a "ministry" (v. 17) and was to be replaced (Acts 1:20):
Acts 1:16 "Men [and] brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesu"
Acts 1:17 "For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry."
Further note how Acts says Judas fell by SIN (he was not FORCED by Satan, who had entered into him; he was personally ACCOUNTABLE for his actions):
Act 1:25 "That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place."
Jesus said it would have been "better for this man" (Judas) had he "never been born" (Mark 14:21).
What really amazes me is that Judas was entrusted with responsibility (handling the money) EVEN THOUGH "Jesus KNEW from the beginning.... who should betray him" (John 6:64). God ALLOWS deceivers and thieves among his people, even to be "numbered with" or considered one of us. And remember, Jesus CHOSE Judas to be one of "the Twelve"!
KNOWING that Judas was the one who would betray him, Jesus LET HIM CONTINUE with the others, learning where they hung out, etc. (John 18:2, "And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place for Jesus oftimes resorted thither with his disciples.") That's how Judas "knew the place" where to tell the soldiers to find Jesus, in his betrayal (Mat 26:47):
John 18:2 "And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples."
Judas was suspicious of his own spiritual condition - it says he even asked Jesus if he was the one who would betray him:
Mat 26:25 "Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said."
Afterwards, it says Judas recognized "he was condemned" - and even tried to return the 30 pieces of silver. Scripture records his words to those who had hired him - "I have sinned."
Mat 27:3 "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,"
Mat 27:4 "Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood..."
Judas' downfall was money - the "thirty pieces of silver" - ironically, the very ministry with which he was entrusted.
Regarding the state of Judas' soul:
During the time he seemed to be following Jesus, except that when the woman
anointed Jesus with expensive perfume (John 12), Judas was outraged, saying the money should have been given to the poor. It says, "He did not say
this because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put in
John 12:3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.
John 12:4 Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's [son], which should betray him,
John 12:5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?
John 12:6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.
John 12:7 Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.
John 12:8 For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.
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