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Christ's Return

The Shaw Pocket Bible Handbook, Walter A. Elwell, Editor, (Harold Shaw Publ., Wheaton , IL; 1984), p. 353

The evaluation of all humankind on the basis of works at Christ's return (Matt. 25:31-32). The wicked will be condemned because of their evil deeds. Salvation is by grace and through faith (Eph. 2:8); the last judgment will test what believers have done with their lives (1 Cor. 3:13-15). Some will be rewarded (Luke 19:16-19). Thus, although our salvation depends on what Christ has one, our eternal reward is related to the use we have made of God's gifts to us.