willieH: Hi Syndicated...
I understand the part about mankind betraying God, hence being able to be called 'Traitors', however...
Let him that is WITHOUT SIN (which is "BETRAYAL" to the COMMAND of GOD, and which "betrayal" resulted in the DEATH of JESUS CHRIST), ...cast the 1st stone at the "traitor", ...JUDAS...
I thought that Jesus stated this to the crowds that were about to stone an adultress woman, not at Judas... I don't understand how that statement can be made in reference to Judas.
Why not? The WORD
dispenses with ALL (unjust) JUDGES except himself, and in the GRACE
of the WORD
, is found forgiveness for that which deserves no forgiveness... (the unjust - both the doer of deeds and the "JUDGES" of those deeds)
The statement made to the Pharisees was making a point to ALL sinners, which propose judgment of another sinners ...SIN...
JUDAS actually FULFILLED a prophecy the WORD
made of him -- Psalm 41:9 / Acts 1:16 / John 13:18
-- so did he really have a choice to abstain? I think NOT
... What is WRITTEN in God's WORD
shall not be CHANGED by ANY MAN... it shall be FULFILLED.
He could NOT have done anything other than that which he DID, for the WORD
had "written" of him, his destiny... and the Scriptures CANNOT BE BROKEN -- John 10:35
Also, I understood that the phrase 'Without Sin' meant being blameless in ANY aspect, not just to betray the command of God.FIRST
-- the passage (one of my favorites, for I have written a song about it) that you refer to, does NOT mention being "blameless" -- John 8:3-11
-- It notes to them any WITHOUT SIN
(essentially the same as "blameless", but specific in reference to sin
-- John 8:7
-- so when they continued asking Him, He lifted up Himself, and said unto them: he that is WITHOUT SIN among you, let him first cast a stone at her.NASB
-- 7 But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, "He who is WITHOUT SIN among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her."NIV
-- 7 But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "If any one of you is WITHOUT SIN, let him be the first to throw a stone at her."ESV
-- 7 And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, (A) "Let him who is WITHOUT SIN among you(B) be the first to throw a stone at her."ASV
-- 7 But when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is WITHOUT SIN among you, let him first cast a stone at her.SECOND
-- If you have BETRAYED the COMMAND of GOD -- which is conveyed by HIS WORD
... then you have BETRAYED ...HIS WORD
... and are therefore NOT
"blameless" and NOT "without sin
Can you clarify that for me? I don't think I understand what it is you're trying to convey here.
Hope what I have noted helps you understand what I am trying to convey.
What JUDAS did was fulfill prophecy... How can that be considered by another as an act which is unacceptable?
the "fate" or "destiny" of JUDAS, by writing of him, that destiny, in the ETERNAL WORD
... not JUDAS...
And as I have maintained within this discussion... WITHOUT JUDAS (or someone like him)... we would not have SALVATION, for his act of BETRAYAL was necessary for the plan to go forth, which was WRITTEN of CHRIST
and His redeeming sacrifice for US...