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assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead?;

<450216> Romans 2:16 ? ?in the day when God shall judge the secrets of men, according to my gospel, by Jesus Christ?; <470510>2 Corinthians 5:10 ? ?For we must all be made manifest before the judgment seat of Christ; that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he hath done, whether it be good or bad?; <580927>Hebrews 9:27, 28 ? ?And inasmuch as it is appointed unto men once to die, and after this cometh judgment; so Christ also, having been once offered to bear the sins of many, shall appear a second time, apart from sin, to them that wait for him, unto salvation?; <662012>Revelation 20:12 ? ?And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne; and books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of the things which were written in the books, according to their works.?

Delitzsch: ?The fall of Jerusalem was the day of the Lord. It was the bloody and fiery dawn of the last great day ? the day of days, the ending day of all days, the settling day of all days, the day of the promotion of time into eternity, the day which for the church breaks through and breaks off the night of this present world.? E. G. Robinson: ?Judgment begins here. The callusing of conscience in this life is a penal infliction. Punishment begins in this life and is carried on in the next. We leave no right to assert that there is no positive infliction but, if there is none, still every word of Scripture threatening would stand.

There is no day of judgment or of resurrection all at one time. Judgment is an eternal process. The angels, in <610204>2 Peter 2:4 ? ?cast...down to hell? suffer the self-perpetuating consequences of transgression...Man is being judged every day. Every man, honest with himself, knows where he is going. Those who are not honest with themselves are playing a trick and, if they are not careful, they will get a trick played on them.?

1. The nature of the final judgment.

The final judgment is not a spiritual, invisible, endless process, identical with God?s providence in history but is an outward and visible event, occurring at a definite period in the future. This we argue from the following considerations:

(a) The judgment is something for which the evil are ?reserved? ( <610204>2 Peter 2:4, 9); something to be expected in the future ( <442425>Acts 24:25;

<581027> Hebrews 10:27); something after death ( <580927>Hebrews 9:27); something for which the resurrection is a preparation ( <430529>John 5:29).

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