18. What does Paul mean when he says that the saints will judge the world and the angels (1 Corinthians 6:2-3)?



When he states that the saints will judge the world he means that on that day God will grant His saints to judge the nations and to execute on them the judgement written by Him, for this is the honour that all His faithful have. This is what we learn from the following words written in the book of Psalms: “Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand; To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD” (Psalm 149:5-9). Particularly, the twelve apostles of the Lord will judge the twelve tribes of Israel, for Jesus said to them: “Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Matthew 19:28).

When he says that the saints will judge the angels he means that the saints will judge all the angels who rebelled against God: those angels who did not keep their proper domain but left their own abode to commit fornication with the daughters of men and for this reason God delivered them into chains of darkness to be reserved for judgement (Jude 6; Genesis 6:1-2; 2 Peter 2:4), as well as the angels of Satan, who followed Satan when Satan rebelled against God and are now serving the devil (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 12:7). Obviously, in this case also the saints will execute on the angels the judgement written by God.