The Betrayal—Its Implications For The Remnant

posted Oct 19, 2009, 1:40 PM by Test Test   [ updated Jan 22, 2011, 9:38 AM ]

Matthew 26:45, 46

Then cometh He to His disciples, and saith unto them, sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray Me.

Desire of Ages, p. 694

No traces of His recent agony were visible as Jesus stepped forth to meet His betrayer. Standing in advance of His disciples He said, "Whom seek ye?" They answered, "Jesus of Nazereth." Jesus replied, "I am He." As these words were spoken, the angel who had lately ministered to Jesus moved between Him and the mob. A divine light illuminated the Saviour's face, and a dovelike form overshadow Him. In the presence of this divine glory, the murderous throng could not stand for a moment. They staggered back. Priests, elders, soldiers, and even Judas, fell as dead men to the ground.

John 18:7, 8

Then asked He them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazereth. Jesus answered, I have told you that I am He; if therefore ye seek Me, let these go their way.

Desire of Ages, p. 695

The Roman soldiers, the priests and Judas, gathered about Christ. They seemed ashamed of their weakness, and fearful that He would yet escape. Again the question was asked by the Redeemer, "Whom seek ye?" They had had evidence that He who stood before them was the Son of God, but they would not be convinced. The Saviour then said, "I have told you that I am He: if therefore ye seek Me, let these go their way"—pointing to the disciples. He knew how weak was their faith, and He sought to shield them from temptation and trial. For them He was ready to sacrifice Himself.

The Betrayal and Its Lessons for Us:

Luke 22:47, 48

And while He yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss Him. But Jesus said unto Him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of Man with a kiss?

Desire of Ages, p. 695

This appeal should have aroused the conscience of the betrayer, and touched his stubborn heart; but honor, fidelity, and human tenderness had forsaken him. He stood bold and defiant, showing no disposition to relent. He had given himself up to Satan, and he had no power to resist him.

The Experience of Judas is a Type of a Class of Christianity:

Sanctified Life, pp. 59, 60

An instructive lesson may be drawn from the striking contrast between the character of John and that of Judas. John was a living illustration of sanctification. On the other hand, Judas possessed a form of godliness, while his character was more Satanic than divine. He professed to be a disciple of Christbut in words and in works denied Him.

Judas had the same precious opportunities as had John to study and to imitate the Pattern. He listened to the lessons of Christ, and his character might have been transformed by divine grace. But while John was earnestly warring against his own faults and seeking to assimilate to Christ, Judas was violating his conscience, yielding to temptation, and fastening upon himself habits of dishonesty that would transform him into the image of Satan.

These two disciples represent the Christian world. All profess to be Christ's followers; but while one class walk in humility and meekness, learning of Jesus, the other show that they are not doers of the word, but hearers only. One class are sanctified through the truth; the other know nothing of the transforming power of divine grace. The former are daily dying to self, and are overcoming sin. The latter are indulging their own lusts, and becoming the servants of Satan.

The Great Controversy, p. 43

There have ever been two classes among those who profess to be followers of Christ. While one class study the Saviour's life and earnestly seek to correct their defects and conform to the Pattern, the other class shun the plain, practical truths which expose their errors.

Testimonies for the Church, vol. 6, pp. 264, 265

Judas was constantly planning to benefit self. In this, he represents a large class of professed Christians of today. Therefore we need to study his case. We are as near to Christ as he was. Yet if, as with Judas, association with Christ does not make us one with Him, if it does not cultivate within our hearts a sincere sympathy for those whom Christ gave His life, we are in the same danger as was Judas of being outside of Christ, the sport of Satan's temptations.

Review And Herald, June 3, 1884

As in the days of Christ spies were on his track, so they are on ours now. If Satan can employ professed believers to act as accusers of the brethren, he is greatly pleased; for those who do this are just as truly serving him as was Judas when he betrayed Christ, although they may be doing it ignorantly. Satan is no less active now than in Christ's day, and those who lend themselves to do his work will represent his spirit.

The Steps that Led to Judas's Final Soul - Damming Decision:

The Great Controversy, p. 44

Judas did not walk in the light so graciously permitted to shine upon him. By indulgence in sin he invited the temptations of Satan. His evil traits of character became predominate. He yielded his mind to the control of the powers of darkness, he became angry when his faults were reproved, and thus he was led to commit the fearful crime of betraying his Master. So do all who cherish evil under a profession of godliness hate those who disturb their peace by condemning their course of sin. When a favorable opportunity is presented, they will, like Judas, betray those who for their good have sought to reprove them.

Desire of Ages, pp. 716, 717

Through becoming the slave of one vice he gave himself to Satan, to be driven to any lengths in sin. Judas did not come to the point of surrendering himself fully to Christ. He did not give up his worldly ambition or his love of money. While he accepted the position of a minister of Christ, he did not bring himself under the divine molding. He felt that he could retain his own judgment and opinions, and he cultivated a disposition to criticize and accuse.

Desire of Ages, pp. 294, 295

Judas had the same opportunities as had the other disciples. He listened to the same precious lessons. But the practice of the truth, which Christ required, was at variance with the desires and purposes of Judas, and he would not yield his ideas in order to receive wisdom from Heaven.

Evil desires, revengeful passions, dark and sullen thoughts, were cherished, until Satan had full control of the man. Judas became a representative of the enemy of Christ.

Do we have the Judas principles within us; are we capable of the same crime? Yes, we are.

Patriarch and Prophets, p. 452

Both Balaam and Judas had received great light and enjoyed special privileges, but a single cherished sin poisoned the entire character and caused their destruction.

It is a perilous thing to allow an unchristian trait to live in the heart.One cherished sin will, little by little, debase the character, bringing all its nobler powers into subjection to the evil desire. The removal of one safeguard from the conscience,the indulgence of one evil habit, one neglect of the high claims of duty, breaks down the defenses of the soul and opens the way for Satan to come in and lead us astray.

Desire of Ages, p. 720

When Mary anointed the Saviour's feet, Judas manifested his covetous disposition. At the reproof from Jesus his very spirit seemed turned to gall. Wounded pride and desire for revenge broke down the barriers, and the greed so long indulged held him in control. This will be the experience of everyone who persists in tampering with sinThe elements of depravity that are not resisted and overcome respond to Satan's temptation, and the soul is led captive at his will.

It was holding onto the seed of covetousness that choked the good seed of the kingdom. So for us one sin cherished will neutralize all the power of God in our behalf, and will bring us to the rejection of Christ in our experience.

Desire of Ages, p. 324

We must inevitably be under the control of the one or the other of the two great powers that are contending for the supremacy of the world. It is not necessary for us deliberately to choose the service of the kingdom of darkness in order to come under its dominion. We have only to neglect to ally ourselves with the kingdom of light. If we do not cooperate with the heavenly agencies, Satan will take possession of the heart, and will make it his abiding place. The only defense against the evil is the indwelling of Christ in the heart through faith in His righteousness. 

Unless we become vitally connected with God, we can never resist the unhallowed effects of self-love, self-indulgence, and temptation to sin. We may leave off many bad habits, for the time we may part company with Satan; but without a vital connection with God, through the surrender of ourselves to Him moment by moment, we shall be overcome. Without a personal acquaintance with Christ, and a continual communion, we are at the mercy of the enemy, and shall do his bidding in the end.

Warning Signs of the Path of Judas:
1. Form of godliness but denying the power
2. Denied Christ in word and works
3. Yielded to temptations
4. Habits of dishonesty
5. Not doer of the word but hearer only 
6. Did not know power of Divine grace
7. Indulging lust 
8. Shunned the plain, practical truths which expose error 
9. Plans to benefit self
10. Not walking in the light 
11. Not fully surrendered 
12. Worldly ambition 
13. Critical and accusing 
14. Slave of one vice; gave self to Satan

Each of us is repeating the history of John or Judas. To each of us the Holy Spirit comes to convict of sin and righteousness. John and Judas are representatives of the professed Christian world. In John and Judas we can each read our experience. Each of us apart from Christ will make the same decisions as Judas. May we examine ourselves to see whether we be in the faith. May we note carefully the characteristics of Judas and his failures and repent earnestly before we also betray our Master.