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The Exposure And Perdition Of The Betrayer – John 13:18-30

Jesus knew from the beginning who would betray Him, reason why He said to
His disciples in John 13:11, “ye are not all clean”.

It does not take a long study to show us that He was referring to Judas
Iscariot. All Christians, all church goers know about him.

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The study on Judas Iscariot is very important so we can know the following:
1. Hearing and taking heed to the word of God are two different things.
2. Privilege and saving grace are not the same.
3. Closeness to the Saviour and cleansing from sin are wide apart.
4. Preaching is not a proof of purity. Judas also went with the others to
preach as commissioned by Jesus.
5. Being good enough before your fellow Christians is not enough to prove
that you are in tune with the Saviour.
6. Relationship with Christ is personal.
7. Recognition is not necessarily an open door to heaven.
John 13:17. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. Did Judas
know these things? Yes, He did, but he didn’t do them. As believers, it is
imperative that we do the words of God we are hearing. This is the desire of
God. Matthew 7:17-23; Luke 6:46-49. TO DO is the most important of all. If anyone
hears only and refuses to do, he is the younger brother of Judas. John 15:14;
James 4:17. Judas knew the right thing to do, which was to love and obey the
Lord who has called him into the fold.

Revelation 22:14. Blessed are they who do His commandments.

A. THE PORTRAIT OF A HARD-HEARTED BETRAYER. John 13:18-20

Judas made himself the betrayer, it was not forced on him. It has been
prophesied from the Old Testament time, that someone would betray Jesus, but
Judas’ name was not attached to the deed. Psalm 41:9; 55:12-15,it was not an
outsider, but an insider: Judas, who happened to betray Jesus. Mark 14:10. He
voluntarily went to the high priest, they didn’t look for him. He promised he
would betray Jesus to them, they in turn promised to give him money.

Why are we learning about all these things? It is true that Judas has gone,
but betrayal still continues. This spirit has been imparted into some people,
even in the body of Christ. May God cast out such spirit in as many as have
them tonight in Jesus name. Amen. I Chronicles 12:17; Luke 22:47-48; II Tim
3:1-5. Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss! John 13:19. Everything Jesus said
about Judas came to pass. John 13:20, some believers behave like Judas today, they
do not respect anyone sent, or any new leader appointed to carry out one
assignment or the other, they always want to relate with the main
person/leader. Some will only cooperate with the leaders from their tribe.

We
must not divide the church, but ensure we give our leaders maximum cooperation.
It must not get to a point where any leader wants to quit for discouragement. I
Thessalonia 4:8: He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath
also given unto us his holy Spirit.

Judas the betrayer was blinded to the deity of Christ, the will of God, the
power of the Saviour and he lost the privilege of partnership with God.

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B. THE PERVERSION OF A HEEDLESS BACKSLIDER – John 13:21-26

So unbelievable, unthinkable, but very true! We need to look at the history of
Judas Iscariot. 12:4-6. A disciple, an Apostle, a leader, one of the twelve: a
thief??? Jesus knew Judas was a thief. He always dipped his hand into the bag
of money in his care. His problem was: love of money and covetousness – I Tim
6:9-10. The love of money is the root of all evil: betrayal, fighting,
conflict, division, falling away from the fold in a bid to start a church, just
to have control over tithe and offerings, not necessarily having a call from
God, division between husband and wife, etc.

Ecclesiastes 5:10 – what Judas was stealing from the purse was not enough
for him, so he must sell the Saviour to get more money.

Psalm 52:7. The man who trusts in the abundance of riches will not make God
his strength.
Jere 17:9-11. Judas got the money but left everything and went to hell. He
didn’t even spend a penny out of the money.

Ezekiel 33:31-32. Whatever we love more than Christ will always take our
hearts away from Him. The people in this text came before Prophet Ezekiel to
hear the word of God but they will not do it.
Proverbs 14:14. The BACKSLIDER is full of his ways:

As for Judas, the love of money made him:

– Forget God’s eternal destiny: heaven
– Made him deaf to Christ’s warning
– Made him blind to Christ’s sorrow and agony
– Thoughtless of his eternal destiny.

Whatever we love more than Christ will dim our eyes and blindfold us to Christ.

For Judas, it was the covetousness and the love of money, today, with some
believers, it is the love of:
1. Money
2. The world – I John 2:15; James 4:4, II Tim 4:10
3. Self, some pet themselves
4. Pleasure – II Tim 3:4-5
5. Praise – John 12:43
6. Relations – Matt 10:43
7. Children – Matt 10:37b
We must love Jesus more than any other thing.

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C. THE PERDITION OF A HELL-BOUND BEAST. John 13:27
Judas Iscariot knew how to play his card well to the point that none of the
other disciples could guess what he wanted to do and thereby talk to, or
counsel him. vs 28. He was so protective of himself, building a wall round
himself. Also, he did not change his mind despite all warnings.

This kind of
attitude leads to destruction in hell fire. Luke 22:3; Mark 4:15. Judas was
blinded, deadened, bundled into a bag by Satan. He would not take heed because Satan was working in Him. Not that he did not hear the word of God, but the
words did not enter into his heart.

Psalm 109:6-8. It is a personal decision for us to choose whether to work
with Satan or not. II Thessalonia 2:9-12. If the devil is taking the word of God away
from our hearts, then, we need to beware.

Why did we refer to a man as a beast? Daniel 5:20-21

Nebuchadnezzar was changed to a beast for seven years as a result of his
boasting against God, but he repented and was forgiven. Unfortunately, Judas
only regretted, he did not feel sorry for his sin, neither did he repent, at
the end, he went and hanged himself.

Prayer:
– May we not fall into the trap of, or work with Satan.
– May our father in the Lord be strengthened and kept for us in Jesus name.
Amen.

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