In light of the guilty verdict on the CHC trial, the story of Judas Iscariot should serve as a grave warning to the un-repentance.
When Judas, who had betrayed Jesus, saw that He was condemned, Judas was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. 'I have sinned,' he said, 'for I have betrayed innocent blood'" (Matthew 27:3,4).
While Judas admitted his guilt, felt sorry about it, and made restitution, the Bible makes it clear that Judas never truly repented.
Matthew did not use the Greek words metanoeo, which means a genuine change of mind and will, but metamelomai, which merely connotes regret or sorrow. Judas did not experience spiritual penitence but only emotional remorse. Although he would not repent of his sin, he could not escape the reality of his guilt. Genuine sorrow for sin (metamelomai) can be prompted by God in order to produce repentance (metanoeo), as Paul declares in 2 Corinthians 7:10. But Judasís remorse was not prompted by God to lead to repentance but only to guilt and despair.
2 Corinthians 7:10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
Being sorry may lead to repentance, or it may not as in the case
Repentance is more than being sorry as can be seen in the fate of Judas Iscariot.
The fact that Judas made no effort to defend or rescue Jesus is the proof that his sorrow was ungodly and selfish. He had no desire to vindicate or save Jesus but only to salve his own conscience, which he attempted to do by returning the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders.
Instead of looking to Jesusí for forgiveness and trusting in His atoning death, he wrongly believed that by dying he somehow could atone for his own sin.
I don't know if the convicted
have repented deep down in their hearts.