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SALVATION QUESTION 9
If once saved always saved what about Judas who was saved and lost again?
Was Judas really saved and lost again? In John 6:64 Jesus says that some of His disciples never believed from the beginning and He mentions Judas as one of them. Judas was an apostate. He is in the class of Hebrews 6:11; 2 Peter 2 and Jude 1.
These portions speak of people who outwardly embrace Christ and then turn from and against Him. It would not seem that they can ever repent and be saved. Judases did miracles, healed the sick and cast out devils in the name of the Lord, but he was never saved. In Matthew 7:21-23 Jesus speaks of that class. They had done mighty works in His name; but He says, "I NEVER KNEW YOU, depart from me ye that work iniquity." They were NEVER His. He had no personal knowledge of Him. They were NEVER born again. Yet they did these mighty works, so did Judas.
Peter denied the Lord three times, Luke 22:31-34 but he had faith and was graciously restored, but Judas was a betrayer who never had faith to begin with so he died and went to his own place, Acts 1:25. The Lord restores His own or takes them out of the world, Psalms 23:3. Those who are not real eventually died and go to their place in eternal damnation.
What about you? Do you have real faith in Christ as your personal Saviour or are you trusting in yourself? Only trusting Him 100% is real faith. If you are depending on how you live to help save you then you are not trusting Him 100%. It is all Christ or not Christ at all. When you really depend on what He has DONE FOR YOU and not what you DO FOR HIM it works in your life. Do put your trust in. Him fully and know peace and joy in Him.
All comments and questions to: Harold Smith
Updated July 2009, by Shelly Allen