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Judas-The Son of Perdition
Clarence E. Macartney
We can be sure that one man out of mankind has been
saved, and we can be sure too that one soul out of
mankind has been lost. We know this upon the authority
of Jesus. He said of the penitent thief: "Today shalt
thou be with me in paradise." Of Judas He said,
speaking of His disciples in the great prayer He
offered on the same night in which He was betrayed:
"None of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that
the scripture might be fulfilled."
The loss of a soul-and only Christ Himself, who died
to save sinners, has the authority to say who is saved
and who is lost-the loss of an immortal soul is the
supreme loss, the supreme tragedy. Jesus returns to
that and warns us against it over and over again. He
asked that great question: "What shall it profit a
man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his
own soul?" The loss of any soul is a tragedy; but that
tragedy seems all the darker, the more solemn, when it
is the soul of a man like Judas Iscariot, who was
called to the highest office on earth, to be an
apostle of Jesus Christ, who was associated closely
with Jesus for the space of three years, and who had
for a preacher, not the kind that you and I have, a
fallible man of like passions with ourselves, but the
living Word Himself, the eternal Son of God. And yet
Jesus, who died to save men, said that he was lost.
"None of them is lost, but the son of perdition."
"The son of perdition"! Although he is one of the most
sharply etched of the twelve disciples, Judas will
ever be something of a mystery. His call to be an
apostle; his avarice and covetousness; his yielding to
the influence of the Devil; his choosing Satan instead
of Jesus after having been with Jesus for three years,
and every day listening to His teaching and beholding
the beauty of His spirit; the paltry price that he had
asked for hi ...
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