Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. Luke 22:3
One of the great mysteries of the Bible is Judas, was he ever saved? Did he become unsaved? Was his destiny predetermined? Did he betray Jesus upon his own free will?
When you start analyzing these questions, you get a lot of thoughts and theories flowing in your head, which is why I wanted to address this. I would like to analyze these thoughts and you can come to your own conclusions
Was Judas ever saved (Born Again)? Judas was part of Jesus inner-circle. He was a disciple who had direct teachings and interaction with the Son of God. Is it possible he was a complete fraud the whole time? Or was he saved at one point and fell away? Is it possible to become “Unborn Again”?
But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table. Luke 22:21
Jesus knew Judas was going to betray him before it happened. The obvious first thought is Jesus is God therefor he knows the past, present , and future. If Jesus always knew this why did he allow Judas to be part of his inner-circle? Was Judas able to repent or was he always predestined to be the Son of Perdition?
But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss? Luke 22:48
Did Judas not understand or truly believe that Jesus was the Messiah? If he knew or believed Jesus was God, would he really betray him for some money? Makes me think Judas had no real understanding of who Jesus was or authentically believed in his teachings
And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. Matthew 27:5
Judas eventually realizes who Jesus really is, and he realized what exactly he did. Judas knows by ultimately leading the Romans to kill Jesus, he is guilty of the Messiahs blood, so he hangs himself.
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. John 17:12
Jesus calls Judas the “Son of Perdition” and that Judas is not saved. Meaning Judas went to Hell , how do you go from being a disciple of Christ to condemned to Hell?
I don’t believe Judas was every really saved (Born Again) otherwise he would have known who Jesus really is. Be careful not to be a Judas, make sure you are Born Again! Don’t be just a follower of religion have an authentic relationship with Christ!