“Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” 1 Corinthians 10:12 (KJV)
In this 21st century, I would say it’s pretty easy to get lost in society. One could easily get trapped in things that satisfy our lusts. Prostitution is at its peak, divorce is increasing by the hour and pornographic material is easily accessible these days.
It’s startling how some once known men of God, worship leaders, instrumentalists in God’s house, ended up in sin and even rebellion against the church of God. We are in times that are dangerous and as the elect of Christ we need to be extra careful and vigilant in all things in order to persist unto death. The devil may have succeeded in pulling some of the elect into his circus but we see in the scripture above that when we think we are okay and stable in Christ, that’s the time to be more careful.
Let’s consider Judas Iscariot. This man was a follower of Jesus, yet he betrayed God in the end. He valued thirty pieces of silver far above the life of Jesus, far above the promises of Jesus and far above the love Jesus had for him. He treasured money over Christ. This man was standing, yet he fell. Let’s reflect on these eight (8) things about Judas and consider what happened unto him as an example unto us.
1. Judas was an apostle. (Matthew 10:1-3)
Judas may have fallen but he was a direct follower of Jesus, who considered him worthy to send him forth to do his work. This man was able enough to send the gospel of Christ to people. Blessed to heal and empowered to cast out devils.
2. Jesus trusted Judas. (Psalm 41:9)
This scripture is a Messianic psalm about the betrayal of Judas. The text reveals that Jesus trusted Judas very much. He was someone Jesus could count on but in the end he was the one who sold him out.
3. Judas was the first treasurer of the church. (John 13:29)
In the text we see that Judas was the keeper of the money bag. The church of God had its treasurer in the trusted Judas. He was the financial man of the church. He knew how much was available and how much could be spent. This apostle was trusted with the money of the church.
4. Judas was a baptizer in water. (John 4:1-2)
The disciples of Jesus were the ones who baptized the people who came to repentance with water and Judas was numbered amongst these disciples. This man was qualified to baptize people.
5. Judas was ordained to preach and heal and was successful in doing so. (Luke 9:1-10)
Judas was numbered amongst the apostles when Jesus gave unto them power to heal, cure diseases and cast out all devils. He was counted worthy by God to wield such amazing power.
6. Judas was filled with the Holy Spirit and endued with power. (Matthew 10:20)
Judas was anointed by Jesus and the Holy Spirit spoke in him. The Holy Spirit considered him worthy to be anointed and used to speak unto people.
7. Judas was promised eternal kingship with Jesus Christ. (Matthew 19:28)
Judas was destined to rule beside Jesus in heaven. He had a reserved throne for himself in heaven. This man was called unto greatness before God.
8. Judas was a covetous thief. (John 12:4-8)
Last but not least, this apostle was a thief who coveted more money.
Christians have been promised everlasting life and eternal kingship with Christ, we have been empowered to spread the gospel, filled with the Holy Spirit, wisdom, power and faith. We have been blessed by Christ generously and given hope in His promises. We need to learn from this example and many other cautions in the word of God to combat the temptations we face. Sin brings guilt upon us once we receive the knowledge of the truth and this guilt unconsciously condemns us. What we need in order to overcome this is power from the word of Christ. It is this power that we wield in the face of our temptations. Our pastors, counselors and friends may not know the sins we are indulged in or the temptations we face but Jesus knows it quite well. The fact that your sins have not been exposed is not because Christ consents with it but because He is challenging us to rise high above it.
Christians need to take heed to their faith because our careless actions could mock Christ and make His blood void unto us.
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