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The Judgment of the Quick and the Dead (10 of 11)
The Second Advent
2 Corinthians 5:10
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: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats (Matt. 25:31-32).
And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. . . . And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:11-12, 15).
Our next subject is the judgment of the quick-the living-and the dead." I have used this expression because it is in the words of Scripture (2 Tim. 4:1), and also because it is a term we are accustomed to use in all our creeds.
The word judgment does not, of itself, necessarily include rewards and punishments, for it is often used simply of rule and government. Hence, as characteristic of Christ's future glorious reign on earth we read, "He shall judge thy people with righteousness, . . . He shall judge the poor of the people" (Ps. 72:2, 4), and again, "He shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth" (Ps. 96:13).
The whole of this righteous rule is called the Day of the Lord because it will be the day of the Lord's judgment. The present day is called man's day1 (1 Cor. 4:3, and mg) because it is the day when men judge one another, but another day is coming when the Lord shall be the judge. That day opens with judgment, judgment runs through it, and judgment closes it.
All governments have their judicial departments, and so this future government ...
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