The Work of the Devil Serves the Gospel

Read John 13:1-10

During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him,  – John 13:2

We were talking in our Bible Class last Sunday about how God used the Babylonians to punish Israel, and yet also called them to account for their unmerciful behavior. Isaiah writes:

I was angry with my people;
    I profaned my heritage;
I gave them into your hand;
    you showed them no mercy;
on the aged you made your yoke exceedingly heavy.
You said, “I shall be mistress forever,”
    so that you did not lay these things to heart
    or remember their end. – Isaiah 47:6-7

Babylon was God’s instrument of punishment on Israel. But even so, their harsh treatment of the aged, and their failure to show any mercy was evil for which they would be held accountable.

Even though God used Judas to betray Jesus into the hands of his enemies, Judas – like Babylon – will be held accountable for his betrayal of Jesus.

Evil will one day cave in on itself under its own weight. There is nothing within to sustain it. So when God punishes sin with sin, even that will one day be called to account. Every tongue will be stopped. Everyone will give an account. If our account is the righteousness of faith, we have nothing to fear. For on the cross, the wrath of God was satisfied.

Those who despise his grace will be forever lost. This is not God’s delight. But evil will one day give an account and the wrath of God will be poured out for all eternity.

1 comment
  1. You’ve made me think to take some time more deeply contemplating what it was like to really live before Jesus’ resurrection. … lost … without understanding what Jesus has done. Thank you.

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