That teaching is the truth.
Tom Edwards here. I think the answer to
this is that though Judas "repented himself," it really meant
nothing more than he "felt remorse," as translated in the NASB.
As we learn in the Scriptures, even godly sorrow in itself
is not repentance--but it can lead to it (2 Cor. 8:10).
In true Bible repentance, one not only turns from the sin,
but also turns to God through faith and obedience. Judas did
not turn to
God--he turned away by taking his own life.
There are actually two Greek words in the New Testament
that are both translated as "repent" in the KJV: "metamelomai"
This first word means a feeling of care, concern, or
regret. It expresses the emotional aspect, and it is the
word used in Matthew 27:3-5 for saying that Judas "repented
himself" (KJV) or "felt remorse" (NASB). To feel "remorse"
denotes a deep and painful regret for wrongdoing; compunction.
The second Greek word translated as "repent" is used in
such verses as Matthew 3:2, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven
is at hand"; and also Acts 2:38 and Luke 13:5. This word means
more than just
regretting or feeling sorry for wrong. It means
to change or turn, to go in a new direction, to make "an about-
face." It is a word of action.
So even though Judas felt sorry for his actions and could not
keep the betrayal money, he did not fully repent in the
Bible sense of the term because he did not turn back to God.
Remember, repentance is not merely feeling sorry for sin, nor
is it merely feeling sorry for sin and turning from that sin; Bible
repentance also involves a turning to the Lord, and this can only be
done by obedience to the Gospel.
Illustration: Luke 15:11-24 (the prodigal son realized the mess
he was in, wanted out of it, turned from it, and returned to his
Consider these verses:
Isaiah 55:7, "Let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him
return to the Lord, and He will have compassion
on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly
1 Thes. 1:9, "For they themselves report
about us what kind of reception we had with you,
and how you turned to God from idols to serve a
living and true God,"
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