Q. Luke 22:3-4 says that Satan entered Judas and that’s when Judas went to the priests and developed a plan to sell out Jesus. If Judas was a follower and believed in Christ, how could Satan have entered? Aren’t believers protected from evil spirits entering them?
A. There are actually two questions – “Is Judas a true believer?” and “Can evil spirits possess a genuine Christian?”
Let’s start with the first.
• Jn 6:39 This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.
• Jn 8:29 And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.
• Jn 17:12 While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished but the son of perdition, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled.
• Jn 6:64 “But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him.
Judas was not a true believer because:
• It’s the Father’s will that Jesus lose none of all that His Father gave Him.
• Jesus always does the things that please the Father i.e. His will.
• Of all the Father gave Jesus, not one perished except the son of perdition i.e. Judas.
• We therefore deduce that Judas was not one of those the Father gave Jesus, otherwise Jesus failed in doing the Father’s will to guard the elect, which is impossible.
• Judas was lost because he did not believe. He followed Jesus for a while but did not have saving faith.
(To be continued)