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Summary: We are made lower than the angels today, but redeemed mankind will be elevated above the angels in the kingdom. We can glean much to help us today by studying what will be our role "someday". Link included to formatted text and PowerPoint Presentation.

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Believers Judging Angels?

I Cor. 6:1-3

When Paul wrote this letter to the church at Corinth, it was having problems. That’s actually an understatement. One of the problems was Christians fighting and feuding and fussing w/ one another, and it got so bad they were actually taking one another to court! Now that’s disgraceful…and it always is disgraceful when Christians cannot get along w/ one another. No doubt the world looks upon that situation and laughs and says, “that’s why I don’t go to church!” And they go back to the Elks Lodge where everyone loves each other.

Paul is rebuking them, and challenging them to find some Godly people to help them settle their disputes in Christian love. In doing so, Paul makes an interesting statement in v. 3…judging angels.

The word judge does not mean “condemn” in this verse. Here it means “to distinguing or decide”. For example, a wife may ask her husband to look at some wallpaper for the bathroom and help her “judge” which is best for them.

This is not about the unholy demonic angels…they have already had their judgment pronounced and their future is already written out. But during the millennium we will rule and reign over the heavenly angels. We will be in our resurrected glorified bodies which the Bible says will be better than the angels.

Hebrews 1:4

Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

In rank and position we will be higher than the angels. That’s amazing, isn’t it?! From being lost, sinful, alienated humans who rejected God to being higher than these angels which have remained loyal! It’s the precious blood of Jesus that makes the difference! We have been redeemed at a higher price than was ever paid for any angel. And God’s amazing grace will again be demonstrated to us in our elevation to another height we are most unworthy of attaining!

In your job you may feel like you answer to everyone else. But there’s coming a day when you will be over angels! Up until I was 14 I thought my name was “Fetch Firewood”! But someday I will judge angels!

I. God’s Government Established

Genesis 1:1

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Ours is a God of order and organization. Whether you look thru a microscope or a telescope, it’s evident! And He created not only the heaven and the earth, but set up a government of beings.

Col. 1:16

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

There’s the ranks and levels of the angelic host which make up God’s government.

II. Satan’s Rebellion Against God’s Government

Isaiah 14:13-14

For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: [This was evidently an actual physical location in heaven where angels met and were called into accountability] [14] I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.


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