The Apostles of the Lord, Cont.

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            The one apostle who is known far beyond he others is Judas Iscariot.   There is good reason for this.  Judas was known for being the greedy treasurer of the group, concluding with the Pharisees for 30 pieces of silver, becoming the traitor of Christ, and for hanging himself.

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.Judas_Kiss    Judas is by far a character, However, the thing he is most noted for is Jesus’s reference of Judas as being the “son of perdition”

           The following two passages of scripture will bear this out.  

John 17:12   “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.”

2 These. 2:3   “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition”

          Jesus is praying to the Father saying He has keep all the apostles, given to him by the Father, except one, the “son of perdition”, that being “Judas”.  And in the second verse this son of perdition is referred to as the “man of sin”, again that is Judas, for he is the son of perdition!  Another interesting verse concerning Judas is in Acts 1.25   “And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell,”  This passage is talking how the apostles were choosing another person to the apostleship to replace Judas.  The interesting thing here is the last phrase one the verse,  “that he might go to his own place.”  So what is his own place?

          So what are we talking about here?   Judas has died and what place is he going to, Abraham’s bosom or hell, Luke 16:19-31, (the story of Lazarus and the rich man), or his own place, should that place be different from those two.   Judas is the “son of perdition”, does that mean he is more than an ordinary man?  Judas as an ordinary man, who is not saved, would be placed in hell, like the rich man of Luke 16.  If Judas was a saved man he would have gone to Abraham’s bosom, like Lazarus, from the same passage.  He could not have gone to heaven at that time for Christ had not died and resurrected yet.  Today the unsaved, lost man when he dies goes to hell. The saved individual, those “Born Again” by the Spirit of God, will go to heaven, 2 Thess. 5:8. “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”

          Therefore, what does it mean that Judas is the “son of perdition”, a “son of the damned”, (see strong’s definition of perdition), and he went to his own place?  Jesus was talking with his disciples, calling Judas a devil, John 6:70-71    “Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? — He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve”.  OK, Judas is a devil, so where would be the place that would be his own?  I call your attention to Revelation 9.  However, before looking a Revelation, I want to remind you of the men that destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah were angels, Gen. 18-19.  The Idea here is that since angels can transform themselves into men, devils likewise can transform themselves into men as well.  Devils who could do this would give highlights to who were the “sons of God” were in Genesis 6.  Jude gives information as to what may be Judas’ own place, Jude 1:6-7    “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire”.

Revelation 9 gives us a clue that the “bottomless pit” is the place Judas was headed too upon his death after hanging himself.  Rev. 9:1   “And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit” and Rev 9:11   “And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.”   Along with the Jude passage and those of Genesis it is real conceivable that Judas is in fact a fallen angel, a devil, confined to the bottomless pit until a later date, either a time in the great tribulation or at the great white throne judgment.

This discussion opens further discussions on who are the sons of God, for Born Again christians are called sons of God in John 1:11-13   “He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God”.

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  2 Cor. 15:20-21   “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him”.

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