The apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 6:3 that Christians will one day judge angels. Have you ever wondered why? Why would angels need judging and why will Believers in Christ be the judges?
God’s elect angels do not sin, but like humans, they do have a free will. Satan and his angels rebelled against God. That was a choice they made. The Bible shows us that the heavenly hosts, as angels are called, have their own opinions and do not always agree with one another. In 1 Kings 22:19-22, we see angels giving different suggestions on how to persuade Ahab, the king of Israel, to go to war at his own peril. It’s interesting that the LORD asks all the host of heaven on what manner shall Ahab be persuaded. There is no arguing, disputing or taking sides, just some giving advice. So, since angels do not sin, why will we believers need to judge them?
According to an article by the Berean Bible Society, titled, “How To Judge Angels,” it says: “It will not be a judgment between right and wrong, between good and evil, but between the good, the better, and the best way to glorify God. Or as Paul puts it, we will need to “approve things that are excellent.” (Phil 1:9, 10)
The article goes on to say: “Love, guided by knowledge and judgment, enables the grace believer to choose, not just the right thing, but the most excellent thing. Under grace, the issues of life are not a matter of legality versus illegality, but of choosing the better thing, and wherever possible, the perfect thing. Unlike the judges of men, the questions we will be called upon to consider will not be matters of the law, but of distinguishing the good from the acceptable, and the acceptable from the perfect.”
Yesterday, I wrote a post about the angelic conflict. How the hosts of heaven observe and learn about us, especially born again believers whom God has predestined to reign in heaven. These angels are actually waiting for our arrival. Isn’t that amazing! They even rejoice, perhaps have a little party, when one sinner comes to Christ by faith.
When the Apostle Paul revealed the “mystery” that had been hidden in God from the beginning, that men are now saved by grace apart from the law, the angels were seeing this for the first time. There is to be no more Mosaic Law. In this new dispensation, according to the Berean Bible Society, this new rule of grace made it possible for these spirit creatures in heavenly places to begin to understand the part of God’s plan that would be suited to their own existence. They had heard the grand and glorious promises God made to us believers and where they themselves fit into the eternal purpose of God. After thousands of years watching God struggle with men and for men, a new dispensation emerged. Grace! Finally, a dispensation fit for angels.
Believers will fulfill their calling to judge angels by the truths of God’s grace. We must learn them, live them, and be fitted for an eternity guiding these angelic beings into that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.