1 Corinthians 6:2
2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
In light of the previous passage, where the proposition was made that the Saints are redeemed Jews, we come upon this statement which we may have misapplied.
Do you not know, in other words, you all know what I am about to tell you. That the saints shall judge the world? If we interpret this as all believers in Christ shall judge the world (i.e., the Church), we might have a problem. When we look at the Old Testament, many passages specifically tell us who will judge.
Many Christians have been taught that the Church will rule and reign with Christ. We might be mistaken.
Since the Church was a mystery in the Old Testament and was not revealed until the apostle Paul, the following passages must pertain to Israel, not the Church.
Daniel 7:18 | 18 But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.
Daniel 7:22 | 22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.
Psalm 149:5–9 | 5 Let the saints be joyful in glory: Let them sing aloud upon their beds. 6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a twoedged sword in their hand; 7 To execute vengeance upon the heathen, And punishments upon the people; 8 To bind their kings with chains, And their nobles with fetters of iron; 9 To execute upon them the judgment written: This honor have all his saints. Praise ye the Lord.
Zechariah 14:5 | 5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; For the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: Yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake In the days of Uzziah king of Judah: And the Lord my God shall come, And all the saints with thee.
To equate the Church with Israel is called replacement theology and we should reject that. The Church is not Israel.
And if the world shall be judged by you. If it is not the Church who rules and reigns with Jesus Christ, then what will the Church be doing in eternity? The honest answer is, we don’t know, except to say we shall ever be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:17). Isn’t that enough?