Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!
1 Corinthians 6:3
This one question that Paul asks is the basis for a lot of joy in my life. Whenever a question starts with, do you not know, it means that you have to ask yourself whether you know it or not.
There are many believers who have no idea that we’ll be seated with Christ on His judgment seat. (For more details on that, read my last post.) During this time it’s not just humans who’ll be judged. Angels will be coming before us as well.
It stands to reason that if an angel served God faithfully, then there would be no reason for them to be judged. This is only referring to those angels who chose to side with Satan in his rebellion. So we’re talking here about the judgment of the demonic kingdom.
Why does this make me happy? Simply put, it’s the ultimate payback.
I can just picture that day. A big old demon comes before the judge’s seat. His list of offenses is read. At that point, a realization dawns on me.
“So you’re the one who gave me that flat tire at the worst possible moment. It was you who tried to hinder the answer to my prayer that God was sending my way. And it was you who incited my co-worker to lie about me to my boss.”
I can imagine my joy as I shout out, “Guilty! Take him away.”
There are times that we look back on our lives. When we do, it usually centers around people and events that gave us tough challenges. We don’t typically think of it in terms of a military campaign that’s being played out.
That’s why it’s so important to know the truth about this final judgment. There will be a military tribunal where all the facts will come out. We’ll see all the war crimes that have been committed against us and the perpetrators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
We know that there will be days when the enemy is giving us a hard time. Take the opportunity to remind him about the judgment that’s coming. The annoyances of the enemy will be paid for.
You may even find that a little smile will start to spread across your face. You might even start praising God in the middle of the struggle.
We need to realize that the enemy’s kingdom is already defeated. We’re not waiting for the victory. The war has already been won; we’re simply in the clean-up phase, freeing the prisoners, right before the war trials.
Remember, at this point, the enemy is not trying to defeat you. He simply wants to annoy or distract you to keep you from completing your mission in Christ. Don’t let that happen.
Don’t let the problems and challenges of this life rob you of your joy in Christ. Look to the eternal not the temporary. Our future with the Lord is something to look forward to with great anticipation. Keep your eyes on what the Lord has already accomplished in you.
Question: How have you seen the victory of Christ at work in your life?
© 2019 Nick Zaccardi