I have a question in regard to John 13:27 and Luke 22:3. They both say that Satan entered Judas just before the betrayal. What does this mean for Judas as far as him being forgiven by God? Does this imply that he would not have betrayed Jesus without Satan entering him? Can you please explain the passage? -- Danielle Copeland

Judas had been playing with fire, for years the disciples treasurer who put his hand into the till from time to time. And yet I believe there was still hope for him right up until the last day (Thursday of the Passion Week). Then he crossed the Rubicon.

After the point when Satan "entered" him (chilling words yes?) there could be no forgiveness--because there could be no repentance. (Remorse, yes, but not true repentance as in 2 Corinthians 7:10-11.)

As for your last question, I do not know whether he could have betrayed Jesus without Satan entering him. Presumably not, but I am at a loss as to how to prove this.

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