The Daily Word of Righteousness

Our Christian Pilgrimage, #26

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? (I Corinthians 6:2,3)

When the Lord Jesus returns to the earth, judgment will be administered by the saints.

Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. (Daniel 7:22)

The saints will judge both men and angels.

The royal priesthood will be raised in the first resurrection and will judge and rule the nations of saved peoples of the earth for a thousand years.

And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (Revelation 20:4)

Only those who have overcome the world, sin, and self-will shall rule with Christ, exercising judgment over the inhabitants of the earth. Because the eleven apostles left all and followed Christ, when the Kingdom comes they will "sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel" (Matthew 19:28).

Not every saint desires to be a judge or a ruler. Each member of the elect has a unique mark, a special goal set before him or her. That particular place in the Kingdom has been prepared for the individual. His task is to attain the goal that has been set before him. If that goal includes judging and ruling the nations, then God will put both the desire and the ability to judge and rule in His chosen saint and preparation for this will begin today. God's intention is to bring us to fullness of joy, to a land that in terms of our own needs and desires flows with milk and honey.

We must lay hold on our own inheritance with faith, courage, and patience. Otherwise we are as Esau. We despise our birthright and trade it for some trinket of this present, perishing world.

The new Jerusalem. It is our point of view that the new Jerusalem is an actual city that will be the center of government of the world to come. Yet, there is no doubt, from the description given in the Book of Revelation, that the new Jerusalem is the glorified Christian church, the Body of Christ, the Wife of the Lamb.

The true Jerusalem, that from which we have been born, is in Heaven above at the right hand of God. Jerusalem on the earth is "in bondage with her children" (Galatians 4:25).

We mentioned before that God is redeeming the children of Adam by keeping our new born-again spiritual nature in Heaven while He works with our soul and body on the earth. As soon as our invisible spiritual nature has been perfected, Jesus will return to earth bringing with Him the perfected spirits of the saints. He then will clothe these perfected spirits with their own flesh and bone and also overlay them with glory (compare Hebrews 12:23).

To be continued.