My last post on Judas brought up a discussion of Jesus’ words about Judas and what it would have been like for him had he not been born.
Matthew 26:24 (NASB) “The Son of Man is to go, just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.”
What is “good”?
There is no doubt that Jesus’ words are inspired. His words are also preserved in the Scripture so that we can learn things that we could not know without His revelation. Jesus gives a conditional statement about what would be “good” or “better” for Judas on the condition that he had died before he was born. Jesus said that for Judas to die before he was born would have been advantageous to Judas. Look at the range of the meanings for the word that Jesus chose to use:
What is the specific usage of the Greek word “kalon” in Matthew 26:24?
Let’s consider the specific usage determined by the BDAG lexicon (Bauer, Danker & Arndt) for Matthew 26:24 …
Is Judas a problem for your theology? He can be a problem if some of your beliefs come from tradition and not from the Scriptures. In this article, I would like to discuss the full Scriptural view of Judas and ask you to test your own understanding against what the Scripture reveals.
What was the history of Judas as one of the Disciples?
Judas was a follower of Jesus who was chosen with eleven others to be Jesus’ apostles.
Luke 6:13 (NASB) And when day came, He called His disciples to Him and chose twelve of them, whom He also named as apostles:
As a disciple of Jesus, he was sent out to preach the gospel of the kingdom and to do miracles.
Matthew 10:5–8 (NASB)
5 These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them: “Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans;
6 but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
7 “And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
8 “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.
Notice it was the twelve that Jesus sent out and Judas was among the twelve according to Matthew 10:4. Judas was given authority over sickness and the enemy just as the other apostles received. Jesus also said that the twelve were sent out as sheep in the midst of wolves.
Matthew 10:16 (NASB) “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.
In the teaching of Calvinism, there is an election to salvation for some men while the rest of mankind are created without a hope of eternal life. In this understanding God has pre-determined from eternity past that all but the elect would remain in their sin and be lost forever. If Calvinism is true, then there is a portion of mankind that has been unconditionally chosen and guaranteed salvation because Jesus died for their sins and His death and resurrection guarantees their salvation without fail. Unconditional election is either true or false when tested by the Scriptures. May I share my view of the most famous of the elect in the Scriptures?
Was John one of the elect?
If I asked this question of a Calvinist, I am sure that he or she would answer “Yes.” After all, John had the Holy Spirit since he was in his mother’s womb. Jesus even said that John was the greatest so if anyone on earth should be one of the elect, it surely would be John. Let’s have a look at John’s election.
The Bible’s witness of John
Malachi 3:1 names John as God’s messenger:
Malachi 3:1 (NASB) “Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me…
John preached in the wilderness where he drew great crowds. His work as a messenger of the Lord is prophesied in Isaiah: …
I would like to collect challenges and questions that Calvinists have for those of us who are non-Calvinists. What question or challenge do you normally give to those Christians who do not believe in the Calvinist “Doctrines of Grace”? I will be going through the comments and questions and composing blog posts to address the challenges. Please don’t forget to read the page “Read this first” so you understand why this blog exists and what I expect from those who post here.
Welcome to The Giving! This blog is all about a balanced view of the Sovereignty of God. I welcome people to post their comments and questions, however, I want my blog to be respectful and gracious towards Christians even those who view the issue of the Sovereignty of God from a different understanding then what is listed on this blog. Please read my comment policy before you post.
The separation between Calvinism and Arminianism has caused a lot of division in the church at large. It is rare to find public discussions that are civil as there is much name-calling and mocking that substitutes for Christian charity over the issue of the Sovereignty of God. It is my view that we are to treat brothers and sisters in Christ with respect and love as if our Lord was standing in our midst. When Christians mock other Christians because of secondary issues of faith, how will we bring honor to Jesus who died for our brother as well as for us?
My blog will take a non-Calvinist viewpoint, but there will be an opportunity to provide feedback and respectful challenges.
This blog seeks to do two things:
To have a safe place for both sides to discuss doctrinal differences
To give opportunity for Calvinists to give questions and challenges that have not been answered to their satisfaction from the non-Calvinist camp
I am working on a 5 DVD series that will deal with the Sovereignty of God from the balanced perspective, but dealing primarily with the Calvinist’s proof texts and challenges that Calvinists give to non-Calvinist. I believe that questions and challenges from Calvinists deserve to be looked at carefully and answered. There will be an opportunity on this blog to ask your questions, to give a challenge and to interact with brothers and sisters who may not agree with you, but who are convinced that we are to be loved as one body in Christ. I will post links to my ministry website when each of the DVDs is ready.