Did Judas have a choice about what he did to Jesus, or was he to be the one to fullfill the scriptures? Why did satan enter him?

Answer:

This is a very difficult question and one of much theological debate.

I believe he did have a choice and here is why…

Adam was given free choice in the garden of Eden. When he sinned, God prophesied about His only Son someday coming to redeem man (see Genesis chapter 3). In Revelation it says that the Lamb (Jesus) was slain from the foundation of the world itself, meaning before Adam was created God had already made a plan to redeem man knowing he would fall. Revelation 13:8  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

In the same way, scripture predicts the betrayal of Christ way back when Psalms were written.  Psalms 109:8  Let his days be few; and let another take his office.  Jesus also acknowledges this betrayer of His had been prophesied of long before He ever chose Judas.  John 17:12  While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

Did Adam have free choice? YES   Did Judas have free choice? YES

It is hard for our human minds to comprehend how someone has free choice and at the same time God can know the beginning from the end, He is the Alpha and the Omega. Judas had free choice, even after betraying Christ he had free choice to ask for forgiveness, yet Judas was not repentant leading in his suicide rather than his reconciliation with Christ.

Satan entered into Judas (either literally or in his thoughts and mind) because Judas chose to allow it by giving the devil free reign over him. He did not resist, he did not believe on the Lord Jesus, the one who could destroy the works of the devil.  James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Judas allowed the devil to work through him and feed his thoughts without staying focused on Jesus. There are indications he had evil motives for some time before they led to the betrayal of Christ. John 12:4-6  Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.

Excellent question – I hope this helped.
Pastor Brad

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