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How Do The Saints Judge Angels (1Cor 6:3)?

 

“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?”  (1 Corinthians 6:2-3)

 

In this passage, Paul makes the amazing statement that the body of Christ shall judge angels.  Many have wondered exactly what this passage means since it is apparent from Hebrews 2 that man is a little lower than the angels.

 

“But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:” (Hebrews 2:6-7)

 

The key to understanding how it is that the body of Christ judges angels is to understand the current state of the heavenly places.  In Daniel 10, Daniel receives a message from a heavenly messenger who was sent to him.  The scriptures note that the messenger's arrival was delayed for twenty-one days because the messenger had to struggle with the prince of the kingdom of Persia to deliver the message (Dan 10:13).  The struggle recorded is plainly not between mere men on the earth but is instead between heavenly beings who rule over certain spheres of influence.  The messenger was able to prevail only after he was assisted by Michael, who alone sided with the messenger.

 

“But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.”  (Daniel 10:21)

 

The statement that only Michael held with the messenger in these things is hard to understand on the surface.  Jesus Christ states that he could summon twelve legions of angels to do his bidding if he wished (Matt 26:53), and it is clear in Revelation that there are over 100 million angels worshipping around God's throne (Rev 5:11).  Given the multitude of angels that have not fallen, how can it be that "there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince?"

 

The answer is found in observing that in heaven, as on earth, there are different levels of rank and authority.  For example, scripture indicates the existence of a lower class of angels and a higher class of archangels.  The messenger's statement in Daniel 10 cannot mean that the entire population of angels in the heavenly places has rebelled since there are at least 100 million that have not.  However, it is clear in Daniel 10 that the issue is not the common class of angels, but the higher ranking princes of the heavenly realm (Daniel 10:13,20).

 

When Satan initiated his rebellion in heaven, it is evident that his treason focused on the more powerful and influential higher ranking angels.  In any mutiny, a general is a more worthwhile and effective collaborator than a private, and Satan surely understood this.  Thus, the statement that "there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince" indicates that nearly all of the upper echelons of heaven followed Satan in his rebellion while millions and millions of lower ranking angels did not.

 

In Revelation 12, there is war in heaven, and Satan and his angels are evicted from heaven.

 

“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”  (Revelation 12:7-9)

 

Thus, the positions of rank and authority formerly held by Satan's minions are now vacant.  We have already noted that Satan's rebellion focused on the upper echelons, and thus, the end result of Revelation 12 is a leadership vacuum in the higher levels in heavenly places.  Scripture indicates that these vacancies are filled by the body of Christ (Ephesians 1, Colossians 1).  As Israel is God's mechanism to reconcile and rule the earth under Christ's authority, the body of Christ serves a similar function in heavenly places.

 

Thus, the body of Christ will in fact judge angels when we take our assigned positions in the heavenly places after the judgment seat of Christ. 

 

“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” (Romans 11:33)

 

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