In this post, I am going to explain the significance of the congregation of the righteous and God’s judgment in Psalm 1:5: “… the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.”
What is the judgment and the congregation of the righteous that the wicked are going to miss out on, here? It is actually Heaven. Keep reading for more details.
The Saints Shall Judge the World
First Cor. 6:2 says, “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?” By this we know that Christians will participate in a phase of God’s judgment. Comparing some more scriptures indicate that this phase of the judgment takes place in Heaven and lasts for 1,000 years.
Consider Rev. 20:4-5: “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them [the saints]: … and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years…. This is the first resurrection.” The duration of the judgment that the saints participate in is given here: “a thousand years.” We also have a hint as to where this judgment will take place. It will be somewhere after the “the first resurrection.” Therefore, we need to understand what the first resurrection is and what follows it.
The First Resurrection
In Jn. 5:28-29, Jesus said, “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”
Here, two resurrections are actually mentioned. The “resurrection of life” is the first resurrection mentioned in Rev. 20:5. This is the resurrection that leads to eternal life. This is the resurrection that occurs at the second coming of Jesus, according to 1 Thess. 4:16-17:
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Notice that it says that we meet the Lord Jesus “in the clouds” upon His return. Where does He take us from there?
Jesus gave us the answer as to where He is going to take us upon His return in 1 Jn. 14:2-3: “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” The Father’s house is basically Heaven. That is where Jesus ascended to after His resurrection (Acts 1:9-11); and that is where He is taking us upon His return.
Those who are saved and show it by their godly lives will be counted worthy to stand in the congregation of the righteous in Heaven; and there, they will have the honor of participating in a phase of God’s judgment.
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