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Did Jesus Christ Die For Judas Iscariot?

Posted by Job on March 10, 2011

According to those who believe in universal atonement (or unlimited atonement) the work of Jesus Christ on the cross makes salvation possible for all but certain for none based on the doctrines that A) Jesus Christ died for the sins of all humans and B) a person must accept this fact in order to make His work efficacious. So, let us apply this to the case of Judas Iscariot. Did Jesus Christ die for his sins, and make salvation possible for this character?
If this is the case, then why did Jesus Christ call Judas Iscariot the son of perdition in John 17:22? In that text, Jesus Christ said that He had preserved from falling all of the apostles except this one Judas Iscariot, and that the exception of Iscariot was so that the scriptures would be fulfilled. Since the fate of this Judas Iscariot was foretold in the Bible, inspired by the same Holy Spirit that works regeneration, in no sense was his salvation possible. The idea that the death of Jesus Christ makes salvation possible for all cannot possibly be so in the case of Judas Iscariot. Or if it is so, then with respect to Judas Iscariot the death of Jesus Christ was in vain. After all, Iscariot was not one born out of due time. He knew Jesus Christ personally, heard Jesus Christ preach, and saw His many works. So, if redemption was possible for everyone, then would not Judas Iscariot, one of the original twelve, one of those sent out two by two who did mighty works in Christ’s Name (Mark 6:7-13) including healing the sick and casting out devils, be foremost among whom it was possible?
Yet, why did Jesus Christ say of Judas Iscariot that it would have been better had he never been born, as recorded in Mark 14:21 and Matthew 26:24? It is logically incongruous to say of a person on one hand “Jesus Christ died for his sins, making his salvation possible” and then on another “it would have been better for him had he never been born!” In the former case, Judas Iscariot had a chance at salvation. In the latter case, the one actually recorded in the Bible, he had no chance.
Also, it can be said with a high degree of confidence that Jesus Christ Himself stated that His atonement was not intended for Judas Iscariot. Where was this? The famous text of John 15:13, which reads “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Who are the friends of Jesus Christ? He says so in John 15:14, “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” In this section, Jesus Christ was speaking to His apostles during His high priestly prayer and discourse. As the apostles are the foundation of the church, when Jesus Christ addressed His apostles in this manner, He was addressing the entire church through them, with the apostles’ acting as the church’s representatives.
So, the summary of John 15:13-14 is “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends, and you (meaning first the people that He is directly addressing, and then through them the church that the people that He is directly addressing represents) are my friends.” And when Jesus Christ says “I am dying for my friends and you are my friends”, Judas Iscariot has already left! Judas Iscariot had departed the room, and thereby from the perspective and effect of these words of Jesus Christ, from those who Jesus Christ identified as His friends that He died for, in John 13:26-30! Judas Iscariot was not alone when he left, but Satan had entered into Judas Iscariot. And of course, Satan is not a friend of Jesus Christ. Despite the claims of Origen and others who adhere to universalism, Jesus Christ did not die for Satan! And it is also true that Jesus Christ did not die for those who Satan rules, those whose father is Satan according to the words of Jesus Christ in John 8:44-47!
And it cannot be said that Judas Iscariot was unique; the one person in history for whom Jesus Christ did not die. Atonement is either universal or it is limited, and the mere exclusion of Iscariot makes it limited. Also, it should be said that even Muslims who read of Judas Iscariot were aware of the implications, as the (false) Gospel of Barnabas was almost certainly written and definitely advanced by Muslims specifically as a polemic against Reformation doctrines, of which limited atonement is one.
While limited atonement is a truth, it is equally true man cannot and does not know the identity of the people that this act of Jesus Christ is limited to. For instance, some early Jewish Christians felt that the work of Jesus Christ was limited to members of their nation, but that false idea was destroyed upon the conversion of Cornelius. Further, Reformed Baptist William Carey, an adherent to limited atonement in its true form, exposed false doctrines based on distortions of limited atonement (created for the political and cultural purposes of European church-states) against “evangelizing the heathen” for the abominable doctrines of devils that they were with his successful missionary work in India. Further still – and very sadly – up to 88% of children born and raised in evangelical Christian families and churches leave the faith upon adulthood (a fact that challenges not limited atonement doctrines, but rather free will salvation ones, as why would all these people, having been raised with the message of the gospel and heard it hundreds of times all their lives, knowingly brazenly reject Jesus Christ and choose an eternity in a lake of fire instead)?

So, please recall the words of Jesus Christ: many are called but few are chosen (Matthew 20:16, Matthew 22:14). It is the duty of those who are called and chosen to make their calling and election sure (2 Peter 1:10); to work out their salvation with fear and trembling (Philemon 2:2) in accordance to the manner laid out for us in the scriptures (Acts 2:38, Romans 10:9-10). If you have not received the free gift of salvation through the work of Jesus Christ, do it now.

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5 Responses to “Did Jesus Christ Die For Judas Iscariot?”

  1. john kaniecki said


    Hi hope you are well.

    The way to God is open to all through the blood of Jesus Christ. Some are going to accept it and some aren’t. God not only knows who these few that accept this salvation will be but He also has choosen them.


    John Kaniecki

    • Job said

      Hi John:

      I am doing well. I hope that you are as well, as is your family. Do not worry, this will be my last (overt) limited atonement post for awhile :-)!

  2. Kristen said

    You fail to explain how the choice of Judas Iscariot makes it impossible for salvation to be open for all. How does the action of free will annul the opportunity for redemption when it was free will that made redemption necessary in the first place? Christ died for Judas, Judas rejected him.

    • Job said

      “How does the action of free will annul the opportunity for redemption when it was free will that made redemption necessary in the first place?”

      Show me where the Bible actually says that this is the case.

      “You fail to explain how the choice of Judas Iscariot makes it impossible for salvation to be open for all.”

      Yes I did. Jesus Christ said that he was the son of perdition, and it would have been better for him had he never been born. Jesus Christ in His prayer to God the Father stated that He had kept all of the apostles EXCEPT Judas Iscariot because all of the apostles BUT Judas Iscariot had been given to Jesus Christ.

      Jesus Christ said of Judas Iscariot “I have chosen you all, yet one of you is a devil” in John 6:70. In John 13:18, Jesus Christ made it clear that His comments to the church – through His apostles – were not intended for Judas Iscariot, because Judas Iscariot was only chosen to be an apostle in order for the prophecies to be fulfilled. Judas Iscariot was elected to play a role in salvation history, but not for personal salvation and membership in Christ.

      Had Jesus Christ died for Judas Iscariot, He would have been saved. If Jesus Christ died for Judas Iscariot, then with respect to Judas Iscariot, Christ’s death would have been in vain, and Jesus Christ would have failed, and as they are One so would have the Holy Spirit and God the Father.

      The free will doctrines cannot be supported using scripture. They are human philosophy that have been superimposed on the Bible. There are plenty of places in the Bible where God says “I chose you” (either as a person or as a group or nation). There is not one place in the Bible where it says “I chose God” or “We chose God.” I challenge you or anyone else to provide such a place.

  3. Sara Sohaib Awan said

    juda didn’t betray but leave.she knows the reality of 3:14

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