A ‘Devil’ Among the Disciples (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 83)

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TEXT: John 6:66-71

66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?

68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.

69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.

70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?

71 He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 83.

James Montgomery Boice said, “There are Judases among the apparent followers of the Lord in our day. They are in our pews, even in our pulpits, and they are sometimes undetected. They betray the Lord and the gospel by both their words and their actions.”

Today, we focus on the last two verses of this chapter. After Peter’s bold declaration of faith in Jesus Christ, Jesus responds, “Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?” The word translated devil means slanderer or accuser. Both words describe the occupation of Satan as the one who tries to slander God’s name and accuse believers of wrongdoing before the throne of God.

The text goes on to say, “He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.” Again, we witness the all-knowing power of Jesus. Previously in this Gospel, we have been told that Jesus ‘knew all men’ and that he knew ‘those who would not believe in Him.’ Now, we see that Jesus’ knowledge extends to even the individual level. Jesus knew all along that it was Judas who would betray Him in the end.

A.T. Lincoln states in his commentary that Jesus’ calling out of Judas immediately after his dialogue with the Jews on how they should believe in Him indicates that Judas was one who had not truly believed on Jesus. Why was he with the other disciples then? If he was an unbeliever, why didn’t he leave Jesus when the others who had once called themselves disciples left? Other passages of Scripture inform us that one reason may have been that Judas was just in it for the money. Jesus’ ministry was supported by the gifts of some of his most loyal followers. Perhaps, the disciples even contributed their own money to Jesus’ ministry. However, John later informs us that Judas “was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.”

The truth we must realize is that everyone who claims to be a follower of Christ is not a true believer. Some people have jumped on the Jesus bandwagon because they think it will further their own immoral interests. Many times, these devils go undetected among the true disciples. As Jesus said, the tares must sometimes be allowed to grow with the wheat. God will sift it out in the end.

Another question that can be raised is: If Jesus knew Judas was a devil, why didn’t He remove Him from His circle of disciples? The Bible does not tell us why, but we can assume that it was because Jesus hoped Judas would change and truly place His faith in the Messiah. We do not know.

Perhaps, today, you are like Judas. You only wear the label of a Christian, but you have never really believed in Jesus Christ. Maybe you are a preacher who is just in it for money. Maybe you are an employee who checked the “Christian” box on your application because you thought it would improve your chances of getting a job. Maybe you are a faithful church attendee, but your primary reason for going is so that you can network with other business people. You might have other people fooled, but you can’t fool Jesus. He knows who belongs to Him and who does not. Despite your masquerade, He knows who you really are.

God wants you to repent of that false lifestyle today and truly come to Jesus. Here is how you can take the first step of faith and get on the path to becoming a true believer in Jesus Christ.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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