Churches Of Christ/"the saints shall judge the world"

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1 Cor 6:2; Jude 14, 15; and Rev 18:20 and other scriptures teach that Christ and his saints will judge the world. Matt 25:33,34 teaches that Christ will "set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left (ASV). If those who obeyed the gospel of Christ (the saints) are "judging the world" with Christ, then who are those "sheep" that are being judged worthy to enter into the Kingdom.  If they were saints they would be among those judging the world, not among those being judged.

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Adam

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Hi Adam,

I thank you for choosing me to answer your question. I am sorry I have taken so long to reply. I am in school right now and working so my time is limited. The passages you reference are definitely not easy to understand. It is always important to determine the context of what we read. Who is speaking? Who is being spoken to? When reading the passages you gave and reading verses above and below them it does help to gain the context of what is written. Yet, these passages are difficult for anyone to understand.

The only way they make sense to me at all is by understanding that we judge the world by our spreading of the gospel.Jesus wants us to go into all the world and spread the gospel. Those who accept the gospel will find salvation while those who reject the gospel will find eternal damnation. Hence, we are judging the world indirectly. We obviously don't have the authority to judge who goes to Heaven and who goes to Hell. That is God's place. Now there is also mention of us judging angels. Again, I see that as indirectly.

I have read some commentaries on I Corinthians 6 - one commentary by Burton Coffman had a different understanding than what I stated. Coffman believed Paul was being sarcastic with the church in Corinth because they had listened to a false teacher and they considered themselves superior as Christians to other Christians. I personally think that is reaching too far for an explanation. It makes more sense to me that Paul was not being sarcastic but that he was meaning we judge indirectly by our teaching and preaching the gospel to the world.

I would suggest you ask your question to Ernie Lawrence - a fellow expert here. He is very good at answering questions such as yours and I deeply respect his Bible knowledge. I hope my response is acceptable though. I believe my understanding makes the most sense and is not over reaching.

In Christ, Joe Norman

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I can answer questions regarding acceptable worship, organization of the church, or any apsect of the Christian life. I am the son of a preacher and have studied the Bible from cover to cover since I was 12 years old. I am strong in my research skills and do not follow teachings of men. Many will label me as conservative and some might label me as liberal, but I just seek to be biblical. I understand proper exegesis and hermeneutics and apply them. My desire is to share my knowledge of God's Word with others. Please always keep in mind that none of us who are listed as experts here are divinely inspired and therefore it is possible to get incorrect answers from any one of us. Study the Scriptures and decide for yourself if what is taught is true.

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I am the 4th generation in my family to be a faithful member of the church of Christ. I was raised by a preacher and have studied the Bible everyday since I was twelve. I am 45 yrs old now. I am not a "scholar", but I am very familiar with the scriptures.

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member of the church of Christ, served as a Deacon for a few years at LakeShore church of Christ in Waco, Tx. I currently live in the North Dallas area and am still very active within the church of Christ teaching, leading Bible Studies, and songleading as well. I am also actively involved in online ministry. I hope to open my own webpage eventually.

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School of hard knocks

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