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An Enemy In The Camp

Key Verse

“When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me” (John 13:21).

TEXT — John 13:21-32


Every society is complex and comprises good and bad individuals. Not even the group of the disciples of Jesus was insulated from this tendency. Such a mixture will continue until the millennia age when Christ will bring a reign of peace and righteousness. God knows the heart of every man and nothing can be hidden from Him. Both the wheat and the tares are allowed to cohabit in His kingdom until the time of harvest when God will separate them.

In this passage, Jesus was in a meeting with His disciples. He was troubled in His spirit and because of His love for them, He forewarned them of the betrayal by one of them. This statement led to questions from the disciples. Each of them wanted to know who among them was the culprit. In His wisdom, Jesus did not name the person but hinted that it was he whom He will personally serve a meal. He gave the food to Judas Iscariot so as to reveal to him that He knew his plot. Instead of repenting right away, Judas allowed Satan to take over his mind. He did not seek forgiveness but went on to carry out his dastardly mission.

Judas became an apostate and a traitor who turned his back against his Master and Friend. He became an enemy to the best Friend he ever had. There are many in the church whose actions and lifestyle betray Christ today. What they do in their neighbourhood, workplace, etc., make people to mock Christ. They are enemies in the camp.

Every action of man is open before God and all sinful attitudes on earth are open scandal in heaven. There is no hidden secret anywhere. Whatever you sow, you will reap (Hosea 8:7; 10:12). Judas sowed the wind and reaped the whirlwind. Beware!

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Every betrayal plot is a suicide attempt.

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Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.

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