Judges. That’s not the book I’m reading this morning, it’s the thought that is rolling through my mind. The followers of Jesus are going to be judges. It’s not Paul’s main point in the first part of 1Corinthians chapter 6. In fact, it’s just slipped in there as supporting data as he rebukes the believers at Corinth for suing one another and going to pagan courts to work through family matters. But this “supporting data” has caught my searching eye and is resulting in a surreal wonder. Judges, don’t you know?
Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life!
(1Corinthians 6:2-3 ESV)
Can’t say I’m studied up on saints judging the world. Haven’t really spent time exploring Judging Angels 101. Don’t have the time for that this morning. Nevertheless, sounds like it’s part of what lays in store for the church.
And I’m thinking, with all I know about what it means to be redeemed . . . with all that I believe concerning being a child of God . . . with all that I hope for on that day when faith gives way to sight, how much do I still not know or fully appreciate of what it means to be a blood-bought follower of Christ? I’m guessing, quite a bit. Like one day judging the world. Like one day judging angels. Like one day what else?
As much as we live in the wonder of the expectation of seeing Him in all His glory, shouldn’t there also be an energized anticipation of what life will be like when the mortal gives way to immortality? When the things of this world fade away and the dawning of the next goes from theory to reality? I’m thinkin’!
We’re gonna be judges, don’t you know? What else will we be? What else will we be doing?
Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him
(1Corinthians 2:9 ESV)
We should be living in the here and now in the light of who we will be in the there and then. Gonna judge the world? Then, says Paul, start handling the “trivial cases” in the church? Gonna judge angels? Then know that we’re competent, by God’s Spirit-filled enabling, to navigate this life.
Live in light of who you are in Christ. Live in light of who you’ll be in Christ.
Judges, don’t you know?
By His grace. For His glory.