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I Don't Want to Be a Judas

Updated on March 28, 2013

A certain spiritual has a verse that says this. 'I don't want to be like Judas in my heart'. The author of this song expressed a view of wanting to be a friend of Jesus Christ. He wanted to have a good heart and a relationship with God. We can have a relationship with God. It is through his son Jesus Christ. It was God's will for Jesus to go to the cross to save mankind from eternal separation from him. Therefore rescuing us from eternal death to eternal life. Enter Satan into the picture.

Satan is a fallen angel who lived in Heaven for a time. He was created by God as the Son of the Morning. He was thrown out for refusing to be obedient to God. He wants us to be as he is, bound for Hell. He is the reasons behind all problems, trouble, sins, you name it. Since Jesus was to come to earth in order to be crucified and save us from eternal punishment, Satan was to stand in the way of this. He used Judas as a way to try and stop Jesus from fulfilling this mission. He succeeded in destroying Judas' life. He seeks to do the same for us. Though Jesus called everyone of his disciples into relationship with him, one would ask what was Judas thinking?

Here's the deal. Mankind has to make a choice about his future. One can go about from day to day wanting everything in this life. At some point though, our spiritual well being has to be taken into consideration. Is what we can see all there is to our existence?

We can act like Judas when we are unconcerned about our eternal life. In our day it's good to go to church, much like it was good then to hang out with Jesus. It can be an enjoyable experience being in the presence of God and all. You get the chance to hang around the godly people. Much like Judas we seemingly are a part of the team. But do we have a relationship with God though? O when it's rough we can turn to him in prayer for help. The rest of the time, we take him for granted. Is your relationship to God important? I hope so. We love God but can still fail to please him with our life. I found it important to explore this topic because I noticed that Satan is playing a part in destroying lives. If you aren't concerned about your spiritual life, he's already playing a part in your life. As close as Peter was to Jesus (he was a member of the inner circle) he still denied Christ when things got rough. He does this after he practically vows to die with Jesus. After the Holy Spirit revealed to him that Jesus was Christ the son of the living God. He was intrigued. He was committed to Jesus even more. Believe that Christ is who he says he is. 'The way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me'.

Here's the deal. Judas wanted what a lot of us want in life: money, power, and position. He doesn't profess to love Christ. He pays 'lip service' in agreeing with the other disciples to go with Jesus all the way. But he has no close connection to God. He makes a deal with the priests and elders to betray Jesus.

What happens when Judas throws the money away and runs out into the night air? He commits suicide by hanging himself. He buys a field. He hangs himself from a tree that next morning. He feels there's nothing to live for and gives up. He gets no chance to receive forgiveness the way Peter did. He went to the wrong people for help. It didn't occur to him that the ones with whom he had made the deal to betray Jesus wouldn't forgive him. Did they trick him? How can you expect someone to forgive you for setting some one else up when they are apart of the plan? My best explanation is this. When you turn from Jesus instead of going to him for your life's needs, you miss out. When you follow Satan, you give him a hold on your life. We often look for love or forgiveness from people who really can't or won't give that to us. You can't go to your haters for deliverance. It's obvious that Jesus was on his way to the illegal trial held by night. He was presented for execution the next day.

Jesus was crucified the next day. He dies and rises again in three days. He ascends back to Heaven. The Holy Spirit of God is available to us to quicken our hearts. Since Judas lost hope and killed himself, this should remind us not to focus so much on worldly pursuits that we neglect our souls. It is important to not reject Christ. Those of us who haven't made the choice to live for Christ are neglecting him and our spiritual health. If you are putting off making this crucial decision, Stop! Remember, there's a life after this one. We must decide whether to spend eternity in paradise or be lost forever. Decide to live forever with God. Make it your business to accept Jesus and receive God's forgiveness today.


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    • celafoe profile image


      5 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      I suppose that even though he was never an angel of God, satan is sort of an angel of evil, we are not told his actual makeup but based on scripture and with our limited knowledge of spiritual things we know he is a spirit being. but exactly what he is beyond being the epitome of evil is not important. It is important to understand his origin and his authority.

      all we know for sure is that he was created along with everything else in the garden. He was created on the sixth day as was man, but he was created with the rest of the beasts, animals and creeping things. Remember there was NOTHING and then God created everything. See Genesis

      16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

      There is not much teaching on this because the hirelings that the bible schools produce have learned to do what they were taught. " Believe this because we teach it", instead of studying the scriptures and seeing the truth. And like several on here that follow me around, because they cannot defend their position with scripture they try to discredit those who see and teach the truth. Beware and Get away from those that do this, quickly.

      I never tell anyone to believe me, I always give plenty of scripture in context and tell them what scripture says. That I am responsible for what I teach, but YOU are responsible for what you believe. DO NOT believe what I or ANYone else tries to teach you until you go to the scriptures and prove , with the help of the Holy Spirt that it is correct. That means that it is in full proper context with scripture and does not contradict ANY other scripture and most importantly is confirmed by the Holy Spirit to YOU as truth. and if it is not correct to discard it. A wise person follows scripture in this regard and tests all things.

      Prov 19:8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good.

      refer to my previous post to see that God created him as satan. and the scripture proof that he is not a fallen angel because they are all in chains until the judgement . and see col 1 verse 15 that shows he was created as satan.

      Prov 16:4 The Lord has made all for Himself, Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom.

      and this verse again shows he was created for this purpose.

      Today he is exactly as he was in the beginning,

      John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

      Nothing has changed other than Jesus took away his power to control us. Yes he is the prince of the air and earth still. BUT he has NO AUTHORITY over those that have been born again, baptized in water and baptized in the Holy Spirit of Jesus. Remember Acts 1 verse 8 says we will receive the power to be a Christian when the Holy Spirit of Jesus has come UPON us. (when we are baptized in the Holy Spirit). Without which you will never get a true understanding of the scriptures, it says He (only) will lead us into all truth.

      satan has NO POWER over US unless we give it to him. His job, the reason God created him, is to test/prove those who profess to be Christians and the only authority he has in our lives if to tempt us. If we listen to him instead of the Holy Spirit and succomb to his temptation then we have given him authority in our life and he will wreak havoc unless and until we repent and ask God for forgiveness, which then removes his power over us.

      The following verse confirms this.

      James 1:12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.

      I hope this answers your question . Feel free to ask anything else.

    • joyce31202 profile imageAUTHOR

      Joyce Ann Reynolds 

      5 years ago from Macon

      I am thankful that you have read my hub and I also appreciate your comment. This allows me to study and learn even more. But what is Satan's status for now? A full fledged angel and not demonic. We don't seem to get much teaching on this. I am still thankful for your comment.

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      5 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      while the concept of this article is admirable, it is full of scriptural inaccuracies.

      I am sure you learned this in church as most churches today teach this false account. That is why scripture tells us

      " to TEST ALL THINGS to see if they be of God". You cannot trust anyone to give you the truth, including me, you HAVE to check it out in scripture for yourself and be sure it is correct and in proper context, which none of this is. If you desire scripture truth, Check it out for youself, do not blow it off, it is truth.

      1. satan is not a fallen angel, and if he was he would be in hell. Scripture clearly says if he was, he could not be running around on the earth.

      2 Peter 2:4 For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; also see Jude 6

      2. satan was created with the rest of what was created on the 6th day. There was no earth to be cast down to before creation. He was created as satan, an agent of God

      Col 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

      3. Judas was appointed by Christ because He knew what was in his heart. and in order to fulfill scripture.

      John 6:70 Jesus answered them, "Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?" 71 He spoke of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, for it was he who would betray Him, being one of the twelve.

      4. there are two scriptures that people wrongly use to say satan was an angel and cast out of heaven. Both are used out of context.

      Luke 10:18 And He said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.

      If you will check the actual context of this one you will see it is an allegory , not a fact. Check Barnes and M Henry commentaries,even M Henry who teaches this fale doctrine agrees this scripture is not talking about an actual fall.

      Rev 12:7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

      This is a scripture about end time, something that has not yet happened,

      5. Satan still has access to heaven as well as earth, this has not changed yet. It will in the end when he is actually cast down. Jesus took his power over God's elect (us) from him, but did not chane hi boundaries of operation yet.

      Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. 7 And the Lord said to Satan, "From where do you come?" So Satan answered the Lord and said, "From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it."


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