Was Judas saved or did he lose his salvation?

by Matt Slick

Judas was never a true Christian. Therefore, he never lost his salvation. But, some believe since he was a disciple and chosen by Jesus, then he had to have been a true believer. However, we find that is not the case. Let's take a look at what Jesus said.

John 6:64-65, "But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him. 65 And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me, unless it has been granted him from the Father.”

We can see from the words of Christ that he knew who it was who would betray him, and he associates him with those who did not believe from the beginning. This means that Judas never was a true believer in Christ. Of course, we know that he believed Jesus lived since he walked and talked with him. Judas did not believe that Jesus was who he said he was, God in flesh (John 8:24, 58; 10:30-33). He did not affirm the true Messiah-hood of Christ.

Furthermore, we can learn from two things Jesus said that it is not possible to lose one's salvation. Let's take a look.

  • John 8:29, “And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I ALWAYS DO THE THINGS THAT ARE PLEASING TO HIM.”
  • John 6:39, “And THIS IS THE WILL OF HIM WHO SENT ME, THAT OF ALL THAT HE HAS GIVEN ME, I LOSE NOTHING, but raise it up on the last day.”  (Caps added)

We can clearly see that Jesus always does the will of the Father (John 8:29). Jesus also said, in John 6:39, that he always does the will of the Father which is that Jesus lose none, and those who are given to Jesus will be raised (to glory). So, it cannot be that anyone loses his salvation because that would mean Jesus lost someone.

Those who are truly saved cannot lose their salvation. We can conclude that Judas was never saved from what Jesus said in John 6:64-65, as well as other verses about our security in him.

Also, just to be clear, Jesus condemned Judas.

Matthew 26:24, "The Son of Man is to go, just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born."  





About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.