devotional

27APR
2013

Peter and Judas

Here’s an excerpt from a book I’m writing:

     Can I honestly say that God “wants” Judas Iscariot saved in the same way He wants Peter saved? I can’t. Peter would betray Jesus. He was warned, Luke 22:31-32. He was restored, John 21:15-17. Judas was given no such warning, and no restoration was sought. After he willingly did what was prophesied of him (Psalm 41:9) he killed himself and was later spoken of by the Apostles as the sure-to-come liar (Acts 1:15-26) who did his evil and had thus gone to “His own place” prepared for him, Acts 1:25. I know that this is heavy lifting. I know that our sinful brains want to find sin in God, but we shouldn’t. Judas sinned in accordance to his own sin enslaved will. I’d like to highly recommend to you John Piper’s short book entitled Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ. Get it to help you Biblically understand that God, though over sin, is not a sinner. God, though over evil, is not evil. God, though condemning of men, does not do so apart from justice. There is no unrighteousness in God in this. Scripture says, “The LORD kills and makes alive; He brings down to the grave and brings up,” 1 Samuel 2:6; cf. Isaiah 45:7.

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