The Senate is deciding whether to confirm
Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.
God is looking for judges to serve
in Christ’s millennial government and kingdom,
which will administer justice over the whole earth
and ultimately the universe.
God is looking for kings and priests (Rev. 5:10) and teachers (Heb. 5:12, Isa. 30:20) to serve as resurrected servant leaders in Jesus Christ’s soon-coming 1,000 year reign on earth. God’s also training and confirming judges. (Rev. 20:4).
Perhaps the resurrected saints will serve in one or more capacities. God knows our abilities, gifts and where we can best serve. God blends righteous authority, worship, education and justice—and the people rejoice (Prov. 29:2)!
Gorsuch would answer to no higher physical judge. The Father has delegated all judgment to Jesus (John 5:22, 27) because He lived as a human and knows us inside and out (Heb. 4:15). He knows we should be benched all right! But He’s willing to let us serve in His courts which will be truly supreme on the earth.
Gorsuch’s confirmation could have long-lasting consequences because he would be expected to outlast the President who appointed him. God’s judges will serve for eternity. Gorsuch’s foes might think the same!
Paul told the saints of his day that they should learn how to judge within the Church because one day they would “judge the world” and
“Judge angels” (1 Cor. 6:2-3)
Paul’s brief didn’t specify how we would judge angels. The Bible already pronounces the sentence for Satan and the demons: “cast into the lake of fire and brimstone … tormented day and night forever and ever” (Rev. 20:10), “for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever” (Jude 13). Funny, their fate is what they have conned humans into thinking awaits them! This is Bible justice: If a witness testifies falsely, “then you shall do to him as he thought to have done to his brother; so shall you put away the evil from among you” (Deut. 19:18-19).
For now we are a little while lower than the angels (Heb.2:7), but then perhaps we will be in charge of judging them in the sense of managing their service.
Actually, our tenure as judges will start not sitting on the bench but riding white horses—as ten thousands of saints accompany Christ at His second coming “to execute judgment on all” (Jude 14-15).
Then we will help Christ administer the law out of Zion and His word from Jerusalem—“judge between the nations, and rebuke many people” (Isa.2:3-4).
These judges will wield a 2-edged sword (Psa. 149:6). So they can cut to the chase and chop lawbreakers down to size? Are we in for an epee epic time?
No, we will teach and enforce the Bible. “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Heb. 4:12).
God’s judges will “execute on them [kings, nobles, nations] the written judgment” (Psa. 149:8-9).
“This honor have all His saints”: to serve as Your Honor!
We will be upholding not the Constitution but God’s law and Christ’s written and living Word. To prepare and be confirmed, we must now be diligently every day “rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). The Greek means “cut straight.” So we build the family of God square, true and plumb!
“Mercy rejoices against judgment” (James 2:13). But while Jesus told the woman caught in adultery, “Neither do I condemn you,” He upheld truth—“go and sin no more” (John 8:11). A common phrase throughout the Bible is “mercy and truth.” This seems the perfect description of true justice.
Who wants to be confirmed as one of Christ’s judges?
Peter counseled “the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God” (1 Peter 4:17). God is deeply interested in us and how we are progressing toward fulfilling His purpose.
We would do well to learn the lessons from the book of Judges. This book spans about 325 years from the death of Joshua some 25 years after Israel entered the Promised Land until shortly before the coronation of King Saul. We can learn from the examples of 15 judges like Gideon, Deborah and Samson.
We should regularly ask God what Solomon requested: “Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” (1 Kings 3:7-9).
Who will be the next Supreme Court judge? Gorsuch?
Who will become God’s kingdom judges? To such as you?