“And Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration, when the Son of Man shall sit in the throne of His glory, you also shall sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Matthew 19:28).
It would appear on the surface that the apostles or perhaps all the saints are promised that they will one day judge. But this is not the case
If the twelve had been told that Jesus was not referring to them personally, but to all of the believers who belonged to the Body of Christ. These are the people in the church who believed the WORD (Bible) and what it taught. For they did not judge and condemn themselves by obeying the commandments of the Lord.
No one, except God Himself, can affect judgment on others, and that is done through the Word. Scripture clearly teaches us that God alone is worthy and qualified to sit on a throne and judge.
“And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book and to loosen its seals? “And no one in Heaven, nor on the earth, nor under the earth, was able to open the book or to look at it. And I wept very much, because no one was found worthy to open and to read the book, nor to look at it. And one of the elders said to me, Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the book and to loose the seven seals of it” (Revelation 5:2-5)
“Again Jesus proclaimed and spoke very clearly; “For the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment to the Son“, (John 5:22)
At first glance it appears Revelation 5:2-5 and John 5:22 contradict one another. But they do not
The “Father” who is the Lord of Heaven and Earth, the Creator and giver of life “judges no man“. He the “Father” has assigned that task to “the Son“.
In this case, “the Son” means the WORD (Bible);
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).
The WORD (Bible) is the revelation of, the knowledge of, and purpose of God. We are called to obey its commandments and the way we are to live our lives. Like a human parent, God cannot have children who run wild and are not obedient to His commands
If we love God as He has first loved us, we will obey His commands and God’s commands are not that hard to follow
“How do we know that we love God’s children? We know because we love God and we obey his commands. Loving God means obeying his commands. And God’s commands are not too hard for us,” (1 John 5:2-3)
Therefore, people judge themselves when they are disobedient to the commands of God found in the Bible. They are there for our own good.
God, like our human parents, want children who get along well with other people. They cannot be selfish and do only the things that they want to do. Because if they do they become mean, angry and spoiled. They make a life for their parents and other children miserable and unhappy.
So people in this world who do only what they want to do are not welcome into God’s family to live forever with Him. God’s LOVE will not allow it. It would only hurt the nice people living in heaven.
“And if it seems evil to you to serve Jehovah, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you live. But as for me and my house, we will serve Jehovah” (Joshua 24:15).
A human being always has eternity staring at them in the face. It is inescapable and it requires a decision
“I did not come into the world to judge people. I came to save the people in the world. So I am not the one who judges those who hear my teaching and do not obey” (John 12:47)
“But there is a judge for all those who refuse to believe in me and do not accept what I say. The message (Word) I have spoken will judge them on the last day” (John 12:48)
“That is because what I taught was not from myself. The Father who sent me told me what to say and what to teach. And I know that whatever he says to do will bring eternal life. So the things I say are exactly what the Father told me to say” (John 12:49-50)
The truth then is that people judge themselves. During the time they have lived in the world, they have had the opportunity to accept God’s free gift of LOVE, or say no to God.
We will have no excuse. As the Apostle Paul explained;
“For the unseen things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being realized by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, for them to be without excuse” (Romans 1:20).
We are held accountable for our own actions and thinking. We cannot blame the televangelist on television asking for money. We cannot blame the hypocritically professed Christians we meet in life. Because then, we are looking horizontal. We are not looking vertical, UP to behold the glory of our Creator as He really is.
We refuse to see the love and mercy He has toward us. We shut it out like a jail cell door slamming shut behind us! If anyone tries to open that jail cell, we become enraged at the intrusion. How dare you come into my personal space!.
“People knew God, but they did not honor him as God, and they did not thank him. Their ideas were all useless. There was not one good thought left in their foolish minds. They said they were wise, but they became fools. Instead of honoring the divine greatness of God, who lives forever, they traded it for the worship of idols—things made to look like humans, who get sick and die, or like birds, animals, and snakes. People wanted only to do evil. So God left them and let them go their sinful way. And so they became completely immoral and used their bodies in shameful ways with each other. They traded the truth of God for a lie. They bowed down and worshiped the things God made instead of worshiping the God who made those things. He is the one who should be praised forever. Amen” (Romans 1:21-25)
“But speaking boldly, Paul and Barnabas said, It was necessary for the Word of God to be spoken to you first. But since indeed you put it far from you and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the nations“.