Christian Catechism – Judgment and Reward

Judgment and Reward

What will follow the resurrection of the dead?
There will be a day, in the which God will judge the world in righteousness. We must then all appear before the judgment seat of Christ. – Acts 17: 31, 2 Cor. 6; 10.
Who then will be the Judge?
Jesus Christ, the Son of God: for the Father judgeth no man; but hath committed all judgment unto the Son. – John 5: 22-27.
How will this take place?
When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall I sit upon the throne of His glory, 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; and he shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. – Matt. 25: 31-35.
Will there be no respect of persons?
For there is no respect of persons with God: He will reward every man according to his works. – Rom. 2: 6-11.
Will men be judged only according to their works?
Men shall give an account also of every idle word, in the day of judgment. – Matt. 12: 36.
Will secret thoughts also be brought into judgment?
The Lord will bring to light all hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts; and will judge the secrets of men. – 1 Cor. 4: 5, Rom. 2: 16.
How will sentence then be pronounced?
Then shall the King say unto them on his right band: Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. Then shall the King say also to them on the left hand: depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. – Matt. 26: 34-41.
What shall be the portion of the pious?
They will enter into eternal life, and be acquitted of all sin – and are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and He that sitteth upon the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more; neither thirst any more, neither shall the sun light on them nor any heat; for the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and lead them unto living fountains of waters; and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. – Rev. 1: 15-17.
What will be the fate of the ungodly?
They shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his power. – 2 Thes. 1: 9.
What have we, in conclusion, to learn from all this?
We learn from all this, that heaven and earth shall perish, in a time and hour unknown to man: and that then the Lord will appear to reward every man according to his works. Therefore, we should always watch, and be prepared for the day of Judgment, lest it meet us unexpectedly; we should always be ready to meet the Lord with joy, and to remain with him unto all eternity. Amen.

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