atheistic and the whole Bible is a protest against it. It is impossible to overestimate the power of the final judgment, as a motive, in the primitive church. On almost every page of St. Paul, for instance, we see that he lives in the presence of it; he lets the awe of it descend into his heart to keep his conscience quick.?
The object of the final judgment is not the ascertainment, but the manifestation, of character and the assignment of outward condition corresponding to it.
(a) The omniscient Judge already and fully knows the condition of all moral creatures. The last day will be only ?the revelation of the righteous judgment of God.?
They are inwardly judged when they die, and before they die; they are outwardly judged at the last day. <450205>Romans 2:5, 6 ? ?treasurest up for thyself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; who will render to every man according to his works.? See Meyer on this passage, not ?against the day of wrath,? but ?in the day of wrath? wrath existing beforehand, but breaking out on that day. <540524>1 Timothy 5:24, 25 ? ?Some men?s sins are evident going before unto judgment; and some men also they follow after. In like manner also there are good works that are evident; and such as are otherwise cannot be hid?;
<661413> Revelation 14:13 ? ?for their works follow with them? as close companions, into God?s presence and judgment (Ann. Par. Bible).
Epitaph: ?Hic jacet in expectatione diei supremi?Qualis erat, dies iste indicabit? ? ?here lies, in expectation of the last day?Of what sort he was, that day will show.? Shakespeare, Hamlet, 3:3 ? ?In the corrupted currents of this world Offence?s gilded hand may shove by justice. But ?t is not so above. There is no shuffling, there the action lies In his true nature; and we ourselves compelled, Even to the teeth and forehead of our faults, To give in evidence?; King John, 4:2 ? ?Oh, when the last account ?twixt heaven and earth Is to be made, then shall this hand and seal [the warrant for the murder of Prince Arthur] Witness against us to damnation.? ?Not all your piety nor wit Can lure it [justice] back to cancel half a line, Nor all your tears wash out one word of it.?
(b) In the nature of man, there are evidences and preparations for this final disclosure. Among these may be mentioned the law of memory, by which the soul preserves the records of its acts, both good and evil ( <421625>Luke
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