Part of the10 Hard Truths about Being Born Again series.
Judas the apostate–the betrayer–was an apostle of Jesus Christ…
A man hand picked by Jesus to be one of the twelve…
Part of the close circle of disciples.
A man who heard all the doctrines of Christ. Doctrines taught with authority. Taught irrespective of tradition.
Judas even heard Peter tell Jesus, “You are the Christ.”
Yet, Judas was impotent to all things spiritual. Unregenerate. Blind.
Dead in sins, he didn’t think it worthwhile to glorify Jesus as God or give thanks to him.
And in the end–in spite of the abundant proofs of Jesus’ lordship–he rejected Jesus as his Lord.
Why Judas Resisted Christ as Lord
Judas simply chose the only thing that would please his corrupt nature and its appetite for sin. He couldn’t choose what his nature didn’t desire.
And this is why the new birth is needed.
First Corinthians 12:3 says that “No man can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except in the Holy Spirit.” In other words, you CANNOT say “Jesus is Lord” and mean that he is master of your life…
And in John 6:44, Jesus says “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.”
In the absence of God’s gracious gift of faith in Jesus Christ, you can not embrace Jesus as Lord. In God’s grace, however, you are drawn FROM your beloved lusts and darling self-righteousness…
And drawn TO Christ. To rely upon Christ–and Christ alone–for salvation.
You are drawn from that which was appalling and ludicrous to that which is comforting and reasonable.
Mind you, the drawing here is not moral persuasion. It’s not doctrine. It’s not miracles. It’s distinct from that.
From Resisting to Embracing Christ as Lord
It’s the internal and powerful influence of the Holy Spirit of God. An act of power, but not force. God makes the unwilling willing. He makes him who resists the lordship of Christ actually embrace the lordship of Christ.
Such statements may seem quaint, maybe even self-defeating, but to anyone who’s been truly born again, the work of the Holy Spirit in their regeneration is a stable, eyes-wide-open reality. One that faith can sink its anchor into.