Thursday, October 12, 2006

Did Judas Go to Heaven?

Matthew 27:3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself,…" According to the original language, it may appear that Judas repented. We have been trained to observe that when a person repents, they go to heaven. However, this is no the same kind of repentance "The word rendered repented himself, it has been observed, does not of necessity denote a change for the better, but any change of views and feelings. Here it evidently means no other change than that produced by the horrors of a guilty conscience, and by deep remorse, for crime at its unexpected results. It was not saving repentance; that leads to a holy life: this led to an increase of crime in his own death. True repentance leads the sinner to the Savior: this led away from the Savior to the gallows. Judas, if he had been a true penitent, would have come then to Jesus, confessed his crime at his feet, and sought for pardon there." (Barnes) No one knows the answer to anyone's salvation. However, scripture does record Judas not being repentant of his sin, but the consequence of his calloused, prideful heart. It's like when someone gets caught doing a crime, goes to jail and says, "I'm so sorry." Maybe, maybe not, what they are sorry for is the consequence.


At 9:39 AM, Blogger Lost and Found said...

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