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Genuine Salvation

“And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him.” John 13:2 (KJV)
Judas was a disciple, but this verse indicates that he had never experienced that basic spiritual cleansing which the others had received. In referring to Judas, Jesus said: “One of you is a devil” (John 6:70).
Judas knew nothing of the new life that Jesus gave, but he evidently possessed all the qualities which should characterize a leader in the kingdom. In his personality must have been capacities for service far beyond most of those in the crowds which followed Jesus. On the basis of these things, he was chosen for a special place: one of the twelve.
Judas had all the advantages the other chosen ones were accorded. Jesus called him personally, as He did all the other disciples. He had heard Jesus teach and was present for private interpretations and lessons given the twelve. He saw miracles. He saw and thrilled at the response of the people to the presence of Jesus. He must have felt the force of the magnetic personality of Jesus.
Judas had every opportunity for discovering the full meaning of Christian discipleship. He could have given Jesus full faith the first time he saw Him; but he did not, and Scripture does not show that he ever did. Time after time he saw in others the faith which resulted in the miracle of spiritual transformation, but never would he surrender himself.
It is possible for a person today to follow Christ nominally without ever having a true spiritual regeneration. On the other hand, it is also possible for one to make sure that he or she has experienced the new birth. I ask myself this question, “Do I follow a daily pattern of deepening devotion to Christ and a growing concern for others, or do I betray my Master?”

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