Monday, January 27, 2014

Judging Angels and the World, part 1

What will be our role in the heavenly places?  Which angels will we judge – the ones who fell or will there be others who will fall?

Paul only mentions judging angels in one verse, but the reason he mentions it is very important.

1 Corinthians 6:1-4
Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?   Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?   Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.

So it is in passing that Paul mentions judging angels, almost as a matter of fact.  Also in verse two he mentions that the saints shall judge the world.  Obviously he’s talking to the Corinthians who are members of the body of Christ, so it is evident that there is a judging aspect when it comes to the world and to angels.

The body of Christ was created for the heavenly places.

Ephesians 2:6
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

Angels are heavenly beings and that is where they reside right now.  They are part of God’s heavenly kingdom and government.

So what is this judgment?  The usual description is ‘ruling over angels.’  We will have a ruling authority over the angelic realm, but in context of 1 Corinthians 6…

Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?

…the issue is a civil matter.  Evidently the saints in Corinth, being carnal and immature, were having disputes and instead of being gracious and not having these quarrels, or at least going to other saints in the church, they went outside of the church for judgment.

1 Corinthians 6:5

I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?

Paul is getting on them for not only having a dispute, but having a lost judge settle it.  That was dumb; instead of being gracious one to another,

Ephesians 4:32
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

…they brought reproach to the Lord and his doctrine.

So this judgment is not in connection with rulership, but it is in regard to civil disputes involving contracts or property rights, for example.  Go back to the law and you’ll see how this issue of judgment was used and you’ll understand why Paul brings it up:

Deuteronomy 25:1-2
If there be a controversy between men, and they come unto judgment, that the judges may judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked.

This is judgment that justifies the righteous and condemns the wicked.  There is punishment involved.

And it shall be, if the wicked man be worthy to be beaten [ i.e. 40 stripes save one], that the judge shall cause him to lie down, and to be beaten before his face, according to his fault, by a certain number.

There is fault involved.

1 Corinthians 6:7
Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?

Although we will have some ruling authority over the angels in heaven, this judgment has to do with reviewing the works of someone and then condemning them.  The only place the saints in this present dispensation will judge the world and the angels in the capacity to condemn wickedness, is the Great White Throne judgment (GWTJ).

Revelation 20:11
And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

The devil and his angels and the world will be judged by the Lord, but we will play a part in that.  In our courtrooms today there is a judge, but also a jury of 12 judges.

Romans 2:16
in the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

This is Judgment Day, the GWTJ.  We are in Christ.  We will help him judge.  He will use his body and also the nation of Israel to judge.  This GWTJ is where all the lost of all the ages will be judged according to their works and given a proper punishment in the lake of fire.  That will happen after Christ comes back to set up his kingdom on this earth and the first installment of the 1,000 years of the Kingdom. 

I am still working this out.  I am a student of the word like you, but no doubt the body of Christ will be qualified to judge at that time.  Not every saint at the time of the rapture will be qualified; if they don’t have the mind of Christ today, they won’t have it then either.

During the Millennium while Christ is on the earth teaching Israel and the gentile nations about his word and about who he is, those of us who are joint-heirs and who understand the Pauline grace message, and more importantly, who labor for the Lord in it and suffer for it, will teach our brethren in the body of Christ the word of God. 

Romans 8:17
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Hopefully this helps!

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