Security Is For The Saved
Introduction: Lost opportunity or wasted privilege. Jesus has magnified the Reality of the Believer's Security in the High Priestly Prayer with His Father. We, as believers, have been given by the Father to the Son, saved by the Son's finished work, sealed with the Holy Spirit's promise, kept by the Father's name and the Son of God, sanctified by the truth of the gospel, unified in the Father and Son, and glorified by the Father and the Son.
Once a person is saved, the least of their worries is if the Father and Son can keep those they saved. However, in John 17:12, Jesus said in His prayer to His Father, "none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled."
This passage reminds us that Jesus chose 12 apostles, however, one of the 12 was never saved. Remember, "the Lord looks at the heart."
1 Samuel 16:7, "But the Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.'"
The question is not did Judas lose his salvation, but did Judas ever possess salvation?
NOTE: A little history
Judas Iscariot has been referred to as the most notorious traitor, both in the Bible and in all of human history. Judas had the incredible privilege of being one of the twelve closest followers of the Lord Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry. Yet inconceivably, after more than three years of living constantly with the incomparably perfect Jesus, observing the miracles He performed, and hearing His teaching, Judas betrayed Him to His death. The dark, tragic story of Judas reveals the depth of evil to which the human heart is capable of sinking, ever in the very best of circumstances.
The early church universally detested and scorned Judas. For instance, his name appears last in every New Testament ...
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