Q&A: Christ as Judge of the World

Christ as Judge of the World

How does Jesus' role as judge relate to his redemptive work?

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In regard to redemption, the Son's ultimate role is that of a judge that comes to the world at the end of the age. When he returns, Christ comes as the Lamb that was slain, entering the world in perfect righteousness and love. And when the task of restoration is complete, he, on the one hand, will save those that belong to him, because he is the one that bore the sins of the world. But he will also condemn the unrighteousness and sin of those that rejected him. The world was created through Christ and is upheld by him, so it is most fitting that Christ be the one to judge it.

Answer by Dr. Stephen Chan

Dr. Stephen Chan is the Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University