Monday, September 6, 2010

Judge not according to appearance

         Judas delivered up Jesus to those who took him and killed him, but he acted only in the tertiary capacity.

        Jesus delivered up himself to the same, but he acted only in the secondary capacity. (Gal 2:20)

        It was God who delivered up Jesus to them in the primary capacity. (Rom 8:32)

         God delivered up his son for the life of the world. Jesus delivered up himself in service to his Father. Judas delivered up Jesus in service to Jesus.

         The kingdom of God was not divided by the delivering up of Jesus. The kingdom of Satan was divided.

         Satan opposed the delivering up of Jesus. (Matt 16:21,22,23)

        Yet, the devil put into the heart of Judas to deliver him up. (John 13:2)

        The kingdom of Satan was divided against itself.

        Judas was chosen to be an apostle by Jesus, and he accepted the position. Yet, when the devil put into his heart to deliver Jesus up to his enemies, Judas agreed with those enemies to do it.

        This agreement was a betrayal of Jesus. In other words, Judas trespassed against him.

         In response to this trespass against him, Jesus told Judas his fault and forgave him for it. Judas, in turn, accepted the forgiveness of Jesus, and the devil was cast out of him.

        Jesus thereby gained his brother, Judas.

        Later, at an appropriate time, Judas confessed his sin (and Jesus) before men, saying, "I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood."

         In the mean time, Judas responded to the call by Jesus, the call for someone to come after him.

        That call required of him to deny himself and to take up his cross and follow Jesus.

         Jesus was in the process of laying down his life. In accordance with that work, the work of his Father, and to fulfill the scriptures, Jesus chose Judas to deliver him up to those who would take him and kill him.

        The choice was predestined by God.

        The choice of Judas is not without significance.

        Judas, as a lost sinner, had already agreed to deliver up Jesus to those who would take him. Now, Jesus chose him to do the same.

        The narration of the events becomes confusing so that, in doing the work of God, Judas appears to be doing the work of Satan. Judas appears to be the least of all men.

         "Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness."

         Judgment according to this appearance requires implicitly that either the will or the power of Jesus to save be denied.

        Judgment according to this appearance is unrighteous judgment.

        I offer these words only in my own name.

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