What does it mean that the saints will judge the world and angels?

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Q. What does it mean in 1 Cor. 6:1-2 that the saints will judge the world and angels?

My favorite answer, I don’t know.

I’we read many explanations on this subject. After reading all the in’s and out’s, I’m about as confused as ever. This is one of those Deut. 29:29 things.

The Bible simply does not tell us the specifics as to how this is going to be carried out. Paul simply says that judging the world and angels is something that Christians will do, but neither he nor any other inspired writer gives an explanation as to how that will be accomplished.

We could speculate, but we cannot know for certain, so it’s best for us to simply accept the statement by faith (2 Cor. 5:7).

The lesson we need to learn from the context is this:

Paul says that Christians are qualified (by God) for the judgment of the world and angels. Therefore, they are certainly capable of deciding the relatively minor disputes which naturally arise among Christians in this life. It is shameful that Christians, who have been exalted to such a high position by God in this world, would ever consider going to a court presided over by the world to handle disputes among brethren. Through the studying of several passages we can come to some conclusions:

Psalm 49:14

As sheep they are appointed for Sheol; Death shall be their shepherd; And the upright shall rule over them in the morning, And their form shall be for Sheol to consume so that they have no habitation.


until the Ancient of Days came and judgment was passed in favor of the saints of the Highest One, and the time arrived when the saints took possession of the kingdom.

Mat. 19:28

And Jesus said to them, "Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Luke 22:30

that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

2 Pet. 2:4

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment;

1 Cor. 6:1-8

1 Does any one of you, when he has a case against his neighbor, dare to go to law before the unrighteous and not before the saints?

2 Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? If the world is judged by you, are you not competent to constitute the smallest law courts?

3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more matters of this life?

4 So if you have law courts dealing with matters of this life, do you appoint them as judges who are of no account in the church?

5 I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not among you one wise man who will be able to decide between his brethren,

6 but brother goes to law with brother, and that before unbelievers?

7 Actually, then, it is already a defeat for you, that you have lawsuits with one another. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded?

8 On the contrary, you yourselves wrong and defraud. You do this even to your brethren.

It seems to me that the Apostle Paul is saying that we will judge the world and the angels by our having been continuously "faithful" and "obedient" to God's law (Bible) 1st Cor. 6:1 while we lived here on the "earth". In other words, God is going to use the saints as a "testimony" against those who were "disobedient" to His Word and to further establish the fact that His Word and Promises are TRUE.

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