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Does the Bible teach that the saints will judge the wicked?

The Bible teaches that the saints will judge the wicked. Let’s read the following references: Jesus said to His disciples, “that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Luke 22:30). And He also added, “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Matthew 19:28).

Also, John the Revelator spoke of the same truth: “I And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: . . . and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” (Rev. 20:4). In this verse, the word Judgment (Gr. Krima) means “sentence,” “verdict,” or “a decision rendered.” Here krima seems to mean the authority to give a sentence. The saints sit upon thrones, which means that they are the ones who will pass the verdict. This verse does not point to a sentence in favor of the saints but rather on the wicked.

Revelation 20:4 is also a reference to Daniel 7:22, where the prophet wrote that “judgment was given to the saints of the most High.” This work of judgment referred to by the apostle John is without a doubt the same that was written by the apostle Paul: “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? … Know ye not that we shall judge angels?” (1 Cor. 6:2, 3).

Therefore, from all the above verses, we can conclude that the work of judgment will involve a thorough investigation of the records of wicked men, so that every man will be convinced of the sure justice of God in the obliteration of the evil ones and that the saints will also assist in this work of judgment.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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