Satan: A Kingdom Divided

Joh 13:2  And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;
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Mat 16:21  From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
Mat 16:22  Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.
Mat 16:23  But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

    Clearly, the kingdom of Satan is divided against itself. The devil acts to set Jesus up to be taken by the elders and chief priests and scribes, but Satan is opposed to the events that would follow.

    This observation is important for understanding John 13:27, "And after the sop Satan entered into him ...."

    Judas was cleansed of the devil of John 13:2 by the footwashing. He no longer desired to hand Jesus over.

    Now, Satan entered into him. Now, he not only lacked desire to hand Jesus over, but he was opposed to handing him over.

    Jesus addressed this attitude of opposition when it manifested itself earlier in Peter.

    In recognition of this influence of Satan, Jesus instructed, " ... If any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross, and follow me." Matthew 16:24

    Judas denied himself when he resisted and overcame this influence of Satan.

    His cross, the implement upon which he would hang himself, was to hand Jesus over.