Heaven and Earth

2 Or do you not know that the Lord’s people will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? 3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life! 4 Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, do you ask for a ruling from those whose way of life is scorned in the church? 5 I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers? 6 But instead, one brother takes another to court—and this in front of unbelievers! 1 Corinthians 6:2-6

Paul continued his argument with these verses. Right in the middle, however, is a verse that puzzles many people, “Do you not know that we will judge angels?”

We probably shouldn’t develop an entire theology of angels and judgement on this one verse alone. It’s intriguing because of our distorted view of angels. And the judgement of angels is trivial compared to the things we are to judge in this life, according to Paul at the end of verse three.

So, not only is our view of angels distorted, but also our view of this life is a bit jaded. Many believe our life on this earth is merely a stepping stone or holding place for something better. There’s an element to that, but John 10:10 tells us that Jesus came to give us life and that more abundantly.

So we have a paradox (two things that are equally true but in seeming contradiction) going. That paradox goes like this: “let’s get to heaven because it’s a better place” and “we’ve got a lot of work to do here on earth.” Do you see “the rub?”

Both ideas are entirely possible. Take a glimpse of heaven every now and then. Think of what it will be like based on what you read in Scriptures. HINT: it will be far different than what we read because our minds cannot quite grasp such majesty and glory. We just get a glimpse. A peek.

In the mean time, though, there’s a ton of work to be done here. We’ve got to live our lives as if there was no tomorrow because, after all, we’re not promised tomorrow.

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