Judas Iscariot: Traitor
Examining the Life and Death of Judas Iscariot
Much has been written over the centuries about the apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ. But little has been written about Judas Iscariot, perhaps the most intriguing of the men originally chosen by our Lord Jesus. That makes this book a rare treasure.
To many, Judas Iscariot is a man of mystery. Since the mid 19th-century, some have dared to proclaim Judas a revolutionary patriot. The Puritans knew him as the covetous wretch and traitor he was. In this new work, William C. Nichols examines Judas in myth and legend, and Judas in his roles as apostle, covetous hypocrite, traitor, son of perdition, false penitent, and suicide. He also looks at the unregenerate heart and the sovereignty of God in the life of the most infamous man in history.
A study in hypocrisy
Judas Iscariot was a classic hypocrite. Charles Richardson described hypocrites in the early 1600s: “They have a fair outside and a foul inside, they have the words of saints, but they have not the lives of saints. Hypocrites are the apes of God’s children. There is no virtue which the child of God hath in truth and sincerity, but the servant of the devil will make show of it, and counterfeit it in hypocrisy. So those having no substance of religion to commend themselves to the church of God, do yet make a flourish with shadows of holiness. These are like the idols that David speaketh of: They have mouths and speak not. They have ears and hear not, have hands and touch not, they have feet and walk not, etc.
Our Saviour Christ, that best knoweth what is in man, compareth them to platters that are clean on the outside, but within are full of bribery and excess; and to painted sepulchers, which appear beautiful outward, but within are full of dead men’s bones and all filthiness…In a word, they are like many trees, which whiles they grow, seem to be very straight and sound timber: but when they are cut down, they prove hollow-hearted and good for nothing.”
Our objective in any study of Judas must be not just to learn more about him, but also to learn that which will have an impact on our own lives.
There are many lessons to learn from a study of Judas Iscariot which can help us today. His life is a challenge willingly learn and apply even what we discover about an evil man. For there have always been many in the churches who are much like Judas and will share his fate in eternity.
Table of Contents
- Judas in Myth and Legend
- Judas the Apostle
- The Unregenerate Heart
- Judas the Covetous Hypocrite
- Judas the Traitor
- The Repentance of Judas Iscariot
- Judas the Son of Perdition
- Judas and Sovereignty
- The Suicide of Judas Iscariot
- Learning from the Life and Death of Judas Iscariot
About the Author
William Nichols is the founder of International Outreach. This Christian missionary organization has a literature ministry impacting over 100 nations around the world. He is also a contributing editor to Jonathan Edwards Online. William is also author of The Narrow Way.