182 – Final Judgment


 FINAL JUDGMENT
  § 182. After the resurrection of all the dead 1 and the change of those who shall have lived to see the second advent of Christ 2 all nations shall be gathered before Him, 3 and He will separate the righteous from the wicked, 4 and will, in public judgment, 5 by the testimony of their works, 6 the good works 7 of the righteous in evidence of their faith, 8 and the evil works of the wicked 9 in evidence of their unbelief, reveal to angels and men 10 the righteousness of His judgment 11 and of the final sentence pronounced by God through Jesus Christ,12 which will be just damnation to everlasting punishment for the wicked 13 and gracious assignment to life everlasting for the righteous.14

 1. After the resurrection of all the dead…

Cf. § 181.


2. and the change of those who shall have lived to see the second advent of Christ

  I Corinthians 15:51–52 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

  I Thessalonians 4:15, 17 We which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. (17) Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds.


3. all nations shall be gathered before Him,

  Matthew 25:32 And before Him shall be gathered all nations.

  Romans 14:10 For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

  John 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son.

  Acts 17:31 Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom He hath ordained.

  Revelation 1:7 Behold, He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him.


4. …and He will separate the righteous from the wicked,

  Matthew 25:32 And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats.

  Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.


5. …and will, in public judgment,

  II Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ.

  I Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts.

  Romans 2:5, 16 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God. (16) In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my Gospel.


6. …by the testimony of their works,

  Romans 2:6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds.

  II Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

  Matthew 25:35–36, 42–43 For I was an hungred, and ye gave Me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took Me in: naked, and ye clothed Me: I was sick, and ye visited Me: I was in prison, and ye came unto Me. (42. 43) For I was an hungred, and ye gave Me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took Me not in: naked, and ye clothed Me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited Me not.


7. …the good works

  Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for Mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.

  Ezekiel 18:22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him.

  I John 2:28 And now, little children, abide in Him; that, when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.

  Matthew 25:35 See sub 6.


8. …of the righteous in evidence of their faith,

  Matthew 25:34–35 Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. (35, above sub 6.)

  John 3:16, 18 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (18) He that believeth on Him is not condemned.

  John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life.

  Revelation 14:13 Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.

  Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

  John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another.


9. …and the evil works of the wicked

  Matthew 25:42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave Me no meat.

  Matthew 7:17–18 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

  John 3:18, 36 But he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (36) And he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.


10. …in evidence of their unbelief, reveal to angels and men

  Luke 9:26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of Me and of My words, of him shall the Son of Man be ashamed, when He shall come in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.

  Matthew 25:31–32 When the Son of Man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory. And before Him shall be gathered all nations.


11. …the righteousness of His judgment

  Romans 2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God.

  Acts 17:31 Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that Man whom He hath ordained.


12. …and of the final sentence pronounced by God through Jesus Christ,

  Acts 17:31 He will judge the world in righteousness by that Man whom He hath ordained.

  Romans 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my Gospel.


13. …which will be just damnation to everlasting punishment for the wicked

  Matthew 25:41, 46 Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. (46) And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.


14. …and gracious assignment to life everlasting for the righteous.

  Matthew 25:34, 46 Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. (46) And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.


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