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Was Judas Saved?
(By Pastor Kelly Sensenig)

I remember talking to a particular man during one of our church socials which followed the evening service. He was a visitor who obviously wanted to find out what theological position the church held concerning the security of the believer. After the service we welcomed this man to come downstairs and eat with us. While we were down in the church basement he began to promote the Arminian teaching which suggested that Judas Iscariot was saved and afterward lost his salvation following his betrayal of Christ. Of course, I had to confront this man and stand up for the truth. What is the truth about Judas Iscariot? Was Judas ever saved? The answer to this question can easily be found by examining the Scriptures dealing with the life of Judas. Allow me to state it very clearly. Judas was never saved even though Jesus had chosen Judas to represent Him as one of His disciples. Judas was never saved! If you do not believe me, will you believe Jesus?


Jesus gave ten reasons why Judas was never saved:


  1. Judas was never saved because of what Jesus said about discipleship.

John 6:64


“But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.”
Jesus was talking to a crowd of people who appeared to know Him because they had been following Him around the countryside. He had addressed them earlier as following Christ for the wrong reasons. They wanted their next meal.
John 6:26 says:
“Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.”
These people were more interested in their own welfare then in Christ’s offer of salvation and glory. The social Gospel has never really changed. Liberalism has historically taught that the offer of salvation to people and their acceptance of salvation is based upon their encounter with food relief and medical attention. Of course, there is absolutely nothing wrong with any of these kind acts of humanity. The problem is that they do not represent the plan of salvation or offer spiritual salvation to people. Man needs much more than his stomach filled. Man needs his lost spirit to be regenerated through the life-giving message of the Gospel.
Jesus said in John 3:7:
“Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”
Evidently these people’s stomachs were opened but their hearts were closed to the salvation, which the Messiah was offering while upon the earth. Jesus recognized these people for what they were and how they were thinking. That is why He said:
“But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.”
Jesus knew the hearts of these lost people who never did receive Christ as the true Messiah and Savior of their lives. Jesus could not be fooled. That is why these disciples turned away from Jesus and did not continue to follow Him. It is very important to recognize that these people never did believe on Christ to be their personal Messiah and Savior. This is important to recognize because Jesus will use these very people as an example of another person, Judas Iscariot, who never was a believer and who would betray Him with a kiss. Judas will be categorized with this unbelieving group of people who were never saved and turned away from Christ.
John 6:65-66 says:

“And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.”


Jesus had taught that divine enablement was necessary for people to come to faith (v. 44). Within the sweep of God’s sovereign program, Jesus recognized that not every person following Him would be saved ”except it were given unto him of my power.” This is because the power of God (“it”) would not work in the lives of these disciples and bring salvation into their spirit. Why is this? Why is God’s power seemingly ineffective? It’s because of man, not because of God’s power or ability to save people. There is certainly nothing wrong with the power of God to bring a person to salvation. None of us would be saved without God’s drawing power upon our lives. We would be left to roam our life until we drop off the broad road into the eternal judgment at the end of our days. The problem is not with the power of God. The problem is with the stubborn heart of mankind. Jesus said elsewhere that lost humanity would not come to saving faith in Christ, even when God’s convicting and convincing power was made available to them.
Jesus said in John 5:40:
“And ye will not (not cannot) come to me, that ye might have life.”
In other words, this group of particular disciples would not allow the drawing power of God to bring them to Christ. They would resist God’s move upon their soul.
Acts 7:51
“Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.”
Will you Calvinists just believe that it is true? People can resist God’s drawing power. But I want to say that to resist the drawing power of God will lead you back into unbelief and darkness every time. So it was with Judas Iscariot. He was in the darkness of sin and unbelief because he resisted the power of God to bring him to salvation. These disciples were also close to the truth but would not accept it. They were following Jesus Christ who was the truth (John 14:6). Likewise, Judas lived with Jesus for three years and yet Judas never did accept Jesus as his own Messiah or Savior.
Jesus was explaining by this statement in John 6:65 why these disciples or followers of His were not saved and why they turned away from Him. It’s because they had resisted God’s power! In a similar fashion, Jesus could not be fooled with the life of Judas. He too would resist God’s power and not become a believer. In the very same context, Jesus explains how Judas was just like this crowd of people, who were more interested in their carnal delights instead of genuine salvation in the Messiah. He also alludes to the fact that Judas would turn away from the Lord even as these disciples did. In fact, Jesus clearly says that this one disciple (Judas) was never saved. He was not like the other genuine disciples who had confessed salvation and acceptance of the true Messiah.
John 6:67-71
“Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. 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.”
Jesus was saying that one disciple even among the twelve, which He had chosen, would go away and cease to follow Him. This of course was Judas Iscariot. The implication is that Judas was like the previous crowd of people who had just turned away from Christ. In response to Jesus’ question about the disciples turning away from Him like the other people, Peter spoke up for the other twelve and exclaimed, “And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.” In essence, Peter was saying, “Lord, we are all believers in the Messiah. We all have faith in your offer of salvation. We are not like the previous crowd who has resisted your power of salvation (vs. 65). We are not like this crowd of people who You knew would not believe on you when they began to follow you (vs. 64). Lord, we are different. Lord, you know that we are different.”

Jesus heard what Peter said; however, Jesus could not allow Peter’s statement to go unchecked. Jesus did not want the disciples to believe that what Peter said was really true. So what does Jesus do? In one sense, Jesus opens a can of worms and exposes Judas for the first time. He says that one of the disciples is actually like the previous unbelieving crowd who had just left them. There is one disciple who has resisted the saving power made available to him (vs. 65) and has an unbelieving heart (vs. 64).


We must understand the significance of what Jesus was doing. He was actually comparing one disciple (Judas) to the previous crowd of people who were unbelievers toward Him. Judas was just like the rest of the people who previously went away from Him because they had resisted the convicting power of God upon their lives to lead them to salvation. In essence, Jesus was saying that Judas was like the rest of the unsaved crowd who is now gone.
Jesus’ reaction to Peter’s claim that all the twelve disciples had believed in Christ as their Messiah and Savior was very important. For immediately after Peter had made this statement, Jesus responds negatively as if to announce that there is one who has not believed. There is one among the twelve of you who has not looked to the Messiah as his Savior. This particular person was Judas. In fact, instead of recognizing Judas as a believer like the rest of the disciples, Jesus says that one disciple (Judas) was Satan.
John 6:70
“Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?”
This statement by Jesus is a direct response to Peter’s statement that all twelve disciples had believed on Christ as their Messiah and Savior (vs. 69). Jesus says that this is a false assumption. There is one of you who are Satan. The literal rendering of this text is, “One of you is Satan.” The indefinite article (“a”) is not present in the Greek text. It literally reads that Judas was Satan (“diabolos”). This allows the imagination of some people to run wild. They teach that Judas will actually be resurrected and become the Antichrist. Their claim is that Satan will evidently indwell the Antichrist in the future and empower him just like he previously indwelt Judas (Rev. 13:4). Therefore, the two must be one and the same. The entire world will worship Satan through the Antichrist, who is nothing more then the reincarnation of Judas Iscariot. This theory is further supported by the fact that both the Antichrist and Judas are termed “the son of perdition” (John 17:12; 2 Thess. 2:3). Of course, this is all pure conjecture and another sad case of Scriptural gymnastics. The Bible mentions nothing about Judas being the Antichrist.
When Jesus said that one disciple (Judas) was Satan, He obviously meant that Satan’s future involvement and working with Judas would be so extensive and momentous, that Judas could be considered to be like Satan himself. As we will see in our next point, Satan would totally corrupt the heart of Judas and then enter Judas in order to work out the devil’s scheme or plan to have Jesus crucified. Satan became deceived and actually thought that he was winning the battle by getting Jesus crucified. But in reality, Satan was about to lose the battle!
Reviewing point one is important. Judas was never saved as Jesus clearly reveals by His words.
John 6:64
“But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.”
John 6:65
“And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.”
John 6:70
“Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?”
The sequence of the entire conversation is important. Judas was like the group of unsaved people who had rejected the Messiah and God’s drawing power to bring them to Christ. He was like the crowd who was ultimately following Christ for the wrong reasons. He would eventually fill his pocket with silver coins only to his demise. He would betray Jesus. Jesus then said that Judas was Satan! If Judas was saved, then I suppose we must also say that Satan is saved! How utterly ridiculous it is to try and force Arminian interpretations upon what Jesus really says about Judas. Judas was never saved. Judas was just like Satan. He was unsaved.
Jesus gave ten reasons why Judas was never saved:


  1. Judas was never saved because of what Jesus said about discipleship.




  1. Judas was never saved because of what Jesus said about His

love and ownership for the disciples.
John 13:1
“Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.”
Jesus clearly recognizes that His true disciples were those people who were His own and because of this Jesus had a special love toward these men. These were those disciples that Christ knew were His own genuine followers. Christ knew that He owned these disciples as His very own property until the end of His days on earth. Was Judas included in the group of disciples that Jesus owned and possessed this special love and ownership for? The very next verse would lead us to believe that Judas was not in the mind of Jesus when He made this statement. For the very next verse says:
John 13:2
“And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him.”
A distinct separation is implied from the previous statement that Jesus had just made about love and ownership. This verse tells us that Judas was not in Christ’s thinking when He said that He loved and owned His other disciples to the end of His journey on earth. Judas was not one of the genuine disciples. Judas was not a believer. Judas was like the unbelieving crowd who left Jesus for their own greed and profit. He was not part of the true flock. Although Jesus loved the soul of Judas, He did not have the special love for Judas and ownership over his life. This was because Judas was never saved and one of Christ’s true followers. Christ could not verify that Judas was His very own like He could with the other disciples.
Now wait a minute! Doesn’t the Bible teach that Judas was actually one of the twelve disciples?
John 6:71
“He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.”
Some have tried to create controversy over the fact that Judas was one of the twelve. They claim that this indicates Judas had to be saved. If Judas was of the disciples, then he must be saved like the rest of the disciples. This is certainly not true according to what we have just seen in this section of Scripture, which stresses how Judas was distinct from the special love and ownership that the other disciples had with Christ. It must also be understood that the expression “one of the twelve” as seen in John 6:71, does not indicate that Judas had salvation like the rest of the disciples. It merely stresses that Judas was identified with the disciples in number.
This wording actually means that Judas was (“ek”) “from” or “among” the disciples. It does not indicate that he was necessarily like the other disciples in every way. Judas was not one of the genuine disciples. Judas was never like the other disciples in relationship to possessing spiritual life and allowing his heart to be captured by Christ. As we have already discovered, Judas did not possess spiritual life with the rest of the disciples. He never shared the spiritual conversion with the rest of the other disciples. Judas was never a spiritual companion with the rest of the disciples. Judas was only numerically identified with the disciples. He was not spiritually tied with the other disciples.
1 John 2:19 explains a similar situation:
“They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.”
Although Judas was one of the twelve by number and association, he was never one of the twelve in the matter of salvation and lasting commitment to Christ. John said that the legalistic teachers did not associate with the apostolic band of men because of their false character. Like this group of unbelieving legalistic people who separated from the apostles, so Judas went out from among the disciples into that dark night of long ago to manifest the truth that Judas was not of the rest of the disciples. Judas was part of the twelve in association and terminology but not part of the twelve in true salvation. Jesus did not own Judas as we have seen and possess that special love that He has for those who are really His.
As they waited for the new dispensation to arrive on Pentecost (Acts 1:16-17), Peter stood up and said:
“Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.”
Peter reminds the people that Judas was only numbered with the other disciples. Being a number and having an outward part is one thing. However, Judas did not have the spiritual life that the other disciples possessed. Judas only had the outward association with the disciples. He did not possess the real association that the disciples had with Christ by their faith in His message and person. Judas only had the outside trappings of the office but lacked the spiritual life of the other disciples.


  1. Judas was never saved because of what Jesus said about his

need for cleansing.
John 13:10-11
“Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.”
Jesus was teaching his disciples a spiritual lesson when he began washing their feet. The disciples who had accepted Christ as their Messiah and Savior were expected to cleanse their lives in order to have fellowship and communion with the Lord Jesus. This is why Jesus said to Peter that he needed to wash his feet.
John 13:6-9 records the conversation:
“Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.”
After denying the Lord, Peter would have a greater understand about the spiritual lesson behind what Jesus was doing and his need for cleansing in the life of discipleship. Peter would understand that he would need forgiveness and cleansing in his Christian walk with the Lord. When Jesus said that Peter would have no part with Him unless He allowed Christ to wash his feet, then Peter remarked that he wants his whole body bathed. Peter misunderstood what Jesus was conveying by this action. Jesus was saying that you only need your feet washed. You do not need your whole body washed again.
“Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.”
The implication is that Peter did not need the washing of regeneration to occur in his life again in order to bring spiritual life to his spirit (Titus 3:5). Peter had already been saved and cleansed from all of his sins in the sight of God. He was a completely forgiven man. However, there would be the need for daily cleansing in the life of discipleship and Christian living that would be necessary for constant fellowship and communion with the Lord (1John 1:9). This is the lesson Jesus is teaching to Peter by washing his feet and not his entire body. The cleansing of the feet spoke of forgiveness in the Christian life. The cleansing of the whole body speaks of the complete forgiveness for salvation and acceptance before God.
We must then note what Jesus said concerning Judas Iscariot. Jesus recognizes that Peter had gone through the complete washing of regeneration. Peter was cleansed from all of his sins in God’s sight and was a saved man. Jesus says that Peter was washed or clean everywhere (“every whit”) which indicates that Peter had received of the glorious saving forgiveness that comes through Jesus Christ. However, this was not the case with Judas. Jesus reminds Peter that there was one among their midst who was not clean or cleansed from all of their sins (“but not all”). There was one who had not plunged into the fountain of God’s eternal and complete forgiveness. “Ye are not all clean.” There was one who had not been saved through this washing or cleansing.
“There is a fountain filled with blood

Drawn from Immanuel’s vein,

And sinners plunged beneath that flood

Lose all their guilty stains.”


Jesus was saying that Judas had never been to the fountain of the blood of Christ in order to receive God’s eternal and complete forgiveness. Judas had never been washed! He had never been cleansed of all his sins and regenerated through the wonder working blood of Christ. This is very important to understand. Judas was never saved because of what Jesus said about his need for cleansing. No man can be saved unless he takes the plunge into the cleansing blood of Christ by placing his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to save him. This is a very clear conclusion that leads us to believe that Judas was never saved. Judas was not like the rest of the disciples in that he was never cleansed or washed all over by the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ (1 John 1:7). He had not received of that wonderful forgiveness which can only be found in Christ.


  1. Judas was never saved because of what Jesus said about the

Scriptures.
Many people wonder why Jesus would have chosen a traitor. Why would Jesus actually choose some person who would committ such a horrible act against Him? Jesus said that the reason why He chose Judas is so the Old Testament Scriptures might be fulfilled.
John 13:18-19
“I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me. Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.”
Jesus clearly chose Judas as one of His disciples in order that the Old Testament prophecies dealing with the traitor Judas might be literally fulfilled.
Psalm 41:9 says:
“Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.”
This prophecy was written centuries before Judas would come on the world scene. But Jesus knew the Scriptures and He knew that there would be one who would betray Him in the end. Imagine this! Judas was that “familiar friend” that Jesus had fellowshipped with for so long. He had eaten bread or meals with Judas for three years and worked with Judas. He had lived with Judas and spoke with him for all this time. But Jesus knew that one day Judas would get around to “lifting up his heel against” Him. This is an expression, which means that Judas would betray Christ. Judas would turn on the very One that he had listened to and walked with for three years. When Jesus said that Judas would betray Him, He was not indicating that Judas would lose his spiritual life or salvation. The Scripture that Jesus is quoting from in the Old Testament indicates that Judas never possessed spiritual life. It is another indicator that Judas was the black sheep from the very beginning. He was a sham servant. He was the counterfeit disciple. He was the Benedict Arnold of the whole bunch!
After explaining how Judas was never cleansed spiritually (vs. 10-11), Jesus then quotes this Old Testament Scripture to add another proof text that verifies the truth that Judas was not genuinely saved. You cannot argue with Scripture! Jesus actually uses the Scripture to prove or back up what He had just said about Judas previously. Judas was not cleansed and the Scripture was fulfilled when Christ chose this unclean traitor to sell the Son of Man. Scripture itself adds further proof to the unclean character of this man and represents Judas as an unsaved man.
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;
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