Rewards and Punishments
It is a joy for the just to do justice, but destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.
This verse addresses the end results of the just and of the workers of iniquity. The just will ultimately rule and render judgments, but the workers of iniquity will ultimately be destroyed.
Part of the reward of the “just” is reigning with Christ during the Millennium (Revelation 20:6). And the saints will have joy reigning with Him (Psalm 149:5).
Many of the just will rule over nations and cities during the Millennium (Luke 19:17). Part of that rulership will require administering justice. Christ will delegate that judgment to the saints who have learned how to apply God’s law.
Even in this life the workers of iniquity usually reap the consequences of their wrong behavior, which will be ruin and destruction. But ultimately, those who defiantly refuse to obey God will be sentenced to eternal death. That judgment will not be rendered by the saints, but by Jesus Christ (John 5:22; Revelation 20:11-13).
To learn more about what the Bible reveals about life after death, read the articles in our section on “Life After Death.”
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: "The True Son of Promise."