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The invisible hero and the deceptive betrayer. Part 1.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

1CO 3:1-2 And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to babes in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men?

JOH 16:12, “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.”
PRO 18:21,  “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.”

Also beware of violating such passages as
MAT 18:7, “Woe to the world because of {its} stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes!”

LUK 17:1, And He said to His disciples, “It is inevitable that stumbling blocks should come, but woe to him through whom they come!”

1. The invisible hero must learn to deal with the invisible betrayer and the subtle betrayals that inevitably come.

ROM 16:17-18, Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the naive or stupid.

2. Part of the betrayers agenda that they have some intimate knowledge of the one they are betraying which connotes familiarity.
3. As an invisible hero, never become involved with bitterness toward your betrayers.
4. Betrayers always have others who they recruit and who accompany them in their betrayal,
(LUK 19:47-20:1-8).

Judas was called the son of perdition in
JOH 17:12 “While I was with them, I was keeping them in Thy name which Thou hast given Me; and I guarded them, and not one of them perished but the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.”

It’s important because if Judas was a believer, which he was not,  and he perished as a believer, then our Lord did not fulfill the Father’s will.

EPH 2:8-10, For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

5. Betrayers always have others who accompany them in their betrayal.

JOH 17:12, “While I was with them, I was keeping them in Thy name which Thou hast given Me; and I guarded them, and not one of them perished but the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.”

To be the son of perdition denotes that Judas is a man identified with eternal destruction and whose destiny is the Lake of Fire.

This word perdition is also used for the anti-Christ in
2TH 2:3, Let no one in any way deceive you, for {it will not come} unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction [perdition],

In REV 17:8, The beast that you saw was and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and to go to destruction.
REV 17:11, And the beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth, and is {one} of the seven, and he goes to destruction.

Acts 1:25 says something very interesting about Judas which is that he
went to his own place the place of his own choosing.

We might have supposed that Matthew would handle the money needed to sustain the Lord’s ministry because he had been a tax-collector and well acquainted with money matters.

Character trait #1: He did not care about the poor. The invisible hero cannot let the hypocrisy of others hinder their execution of the spiritual life.
Character trait #2: He was a thief, stealing funds from the Lord’s money box, which exposes that Judas was full of avarice or greed.

To the poor, Jesus preached the gospel, LUK 7:22. LUK 16:14, tells us why,
The Pharisees were lovers of money

For the needy, Jesus taught that we should go out of our way to help them, so far as we are able;
(parable of the Good Samaritan, Luke 10:29-37).

The comment from John that Judas was a thief is intended to stress the greed of Judas, who saw in the price of the ointment nothing of the beautiful deed which Jesus praised the woman for.

Judas only saw a means by which his funds would be increased, and he would be able to line his own pocket.

The invisible hero cannot allow the evil motivation of the carnal believer or the unbeliever to wear him down.

And even this motive was disguised under a subtle and deceptive plea that the money could be given away to relieve the poor.

Thus to covetousness there is added the trait of deceit.

The devil then possessed him the first of two times during the final week of Jesus’ life, LUK 22:3.

The phrase Satan entered into Judas is the preposition eis plus the aor-act-ind of the verb eiserchomai which is Eiselthen with a capital Epsilon that literally means to enter into someone.

We have the prepositional phrase eis plus the aor-act-ind of the verb eiserchomai which is eiselthen again.

Judas did it after becoming convinced that Jesus was going to die and not reign as King, MAR 14:3-11.

So perhaps the first reason is that Judas did it after becoming convinced that Jesus was going to die and not reign as King.

Then secondly, Judas also did it for money,
MAT 26:14-16.

So, his expectation of financial wealth no longer existed, therefore,  he bargained for what he could receive from the religious leaders (30 pieces of silver).

The invisible hero must learn how to deal with the two-faced individual.

Jesus reclined at the table getting ready to explain what was about to happen and at the same time, the religious leaders were meeting to discuss how they could arrest Jesus and put Him to death.

Washing the feet---rebound, completely clean---salvation.

We have the preposition eis plus the aor-act-ind of the verb eiserchomai which is eiselthen which means to enter into someone.

Judas was possessed by Satan.......just like the King of Tyre was possessed by Satan, Eze 28.

a. One of the many characteristics of a traitor is resentment which is a feeling of extreme displeasure because of some real or imagined wrong.
b. A second characteristic of a traitor, he doesn’t think that he’s getting the attention and the respect that he should.
c. A traitor can always be bought for some price, promise him that he will be promoted and he will betray.
d. A traitor has no loyalties in life except loyalty to themselves.

Judas Iscariot’s name actually means
praise of the Lord.

It’s also interesting that when Judas’ name appears in the lists of the twelve disciples that it always last, MAT 10:2-4; MAR 3:16-19; LUK 6:14-16.

Judas, like most traitors, was highly ambitious.

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