Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to the law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? If the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more the things that pertain to this life?1 Corinthians 6:1–3 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)
Paul is writing to his friends at the Corinthian church. In his long epistle, he covers many issues. After having just discussed correctly discerning and treating immorality in the church body, he addresses interpersonal matters. Ones in which members of the body go to a secular court to decide what is right.
He uses this occasion to teach a few things. Things that just might surprise you.
The first is that Christians are to judge.
We aren’t to condemn people, but we are to judge between what the right thing is and what it is not. This is something that each of us believers has within us just by the indwelling Spirit. But to judge correctly, we must have our mindset on the things of the Spirit and not the things of the flesh.
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace, for the carnal mind is hostile toward God, for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can it be, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.Romans 8:5–8 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)
The easiest way for us to discern between being Spirit-minded or not is the motivation of what we do. If we are doing something to satisfy and gratify ourselves, that is to be carnally-minded… Focusing on our own (fleshly) needs and comfort. To be Spirit-minded is to set the concerns of others before ourselves. It is a simplification but is a quick way to know.
The second thing he teaches is that Christians are going to judge the world.
You have probably never ever thought about that. But the folks that mock and scorn our faith who never change and die in that mockery… They are part of the world we get to judge.
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirits that we are the children of God, and if children, then heirs: heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified with Him.Romans 8:16–17 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)
There is far more to this idea than I will present here. The text is clear that we Christians are joint-heirs with Jesus. Meaning we get a share in everything He gets, even to share in His glory.
Since creation, God’s plan was for humans to have dominion over creation. Sometimes I want to think that is more of a prophetic idea than we know. Jesus is the One that wrested dominion from the insurrectionist. He inherits the Earth, as do we. He judges the creation, as will we.
I’m not saying that to flaunt it, just that it is the truth. It might help us to see that person at enmity with us in a different way. Just as Jesus would.
The third thing is that Christians will judge angels.
The fallen one who tempted Eve with the fruit of the forbidden tree will be judged by the very creatures he constantly works against to destroy.
Imagine that. The enemy that attacks and sets at us for our whole lives is going to eventually be judged by us. Couple that knowledge with the fact that Jesus has already put those entities to public shame.
And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has resurrected together with Him, having forgiven you all sins. He blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us and contrary to us, and He took it out of the way, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed authorities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them by the cross.Colossians 2:13–15 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)
What power do they really have over any Christian?
(The answer is none.) We were once useless to the purposes of God (dead in sins.) But He changed us, the word is resurrected or made us alive. He took away the assignment of guilt. He disarmed the authorities and powers… The fallen angels.
The fourth thing taught is something you will probably miss. This is important to grasp, especially in the wake of my little sister’s untimely death. I see the sentimental posts on social media about heaven gaining another angel. That is a cultural myth.
Humans don’t become angels when they die.
Read it again. That is silently taught in this passage. Humans, specifically those who are saved (Christians,) will judge angels.
My sister made a profession of faith. I fully expect that she is in heaven by that, but it is beyond my pay grade to really know. That decision belongs to Another.
When Jesus became human, the Bible says it is a state of being a “little lower than the angels.”
But someone in a certain place testified, saying:Hebrews 2:6–8 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)
“What is man that You are mindful of him,
or the son of man that You care for him? You made him a little lower than the angels; You crowned him with glory and honor, and set him over the works of Your hands. You have put all things in subjection under his feet.”
The writer of Hebrews is quoting the Psalmist who gives the order of things. Jesus taking on humanity put Him a little lower than angels. His obedience even unto death on the cross ensured His glory not just as God, but as a human!
A Human has inherited dominion over creation, and all things are subject to Him.
That is the impetus for this post. We, in this existence of flesh and blood, are made a little lower than the angels. But as our profession of faith makes us Christians, and as Christians we are saints; we are also joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. That is to say, when we enter the next existence, we share in the inheritance of Jesus. By that, we become far greater than angels.
To those who read this and aren’t sure of their own eternity.
I will tell you if you’ve read this and find it incredible… It is. If you long to have that, you can.
It’s an easy thing.
Jesus came to earth as a human. God Himself came in the form of a little child being born in a most humble situation. He had to learn from His parents like you and me. But He lived a life in which He did nothing for selfish gain. He always served others first.
The Bible says that Jesus is God. That He died a death that paid the penalty for our sins… Yours, mine, and even the worst person you can think of. All paid in full. It’s like He says to each “you’re free to go.” This is why people are not punished immediately. The wages of sin is death. Few die for sinning.
But the best part of Jesus is that after dying, He rose again. He was seen by many people who recorded it for us. And because He lives, you too can live.
Do you believe that?
That is all faith is, believing a declaration of truth. If you believe it, just say it out loud right now. Acknowledge, Believe, and Confess the truth… “Jesus died and rose again for me!”
If you have done that, you can message me through the links at the site. I am the only one who reads these. I can help with some next steps for you.