Grave Matters (Part 3: What About the Judgment?)

“GRAVE MATTERS” Part 3: What About the Judgment?

INTRO: In this series about death, resurrection and eternity, we’ve looked so far at death and resurrection. The resurrection happens at Christ’s Second Coming (1Thess. 4:13-18). What happens after the resurrection?

I. ETERNAL JUDGMENT (Heb. 6:1-2; 9:27; Jn. 5:28-29).

  1. The eternal judgment for the righteous which is not of sin but of works for eternal rewards.
  2. The eternal judgment for the unrighteous which is of sin for eternal punishment.
  3. There is a preliminary judgment at death to determine if one’s spirit goes to heaven or hades (Heb. 9:27; Jn. 5:28-29).
  4. After death there’s no changing one’s destiny.

II. THE FAIRNESS OF THE ETERNAL JUDGMENT.

  1. It will be righteous and just (Gen. 18:25; Ps. 119:160).
  2. It has been transferred to the Son (Jn. 5:22, 26-27).
  3. What is the criteria for the judgment?
    1. The gospel of truth (Rom. 2:16; Jn. 17:17).
    2. One’s spiritual condition at death (Heb. 9:27).
    3. According to deeds (Rom. 2:6; 1Pet. 1:17; Rev. 20:12; Ja. 2:26).
    4. Without partiality (1Pet. 1:17; Rom. 2:11; 1Sam. 16:7).
    5. According to the truth given (Lk. 12:48; Rom. 1:20; 2:12).
    6. Personally – each one will stand alone (Ezek. 18:20).

III. THE ETERNAL JUDGMENT FOR THE RIGHTEOUS (Rom. 14:10, 12; 2Cor. 5:10).

  1. Not of sin, but of works for eternal rewards (1Cor. 3:11-15)!
  2. Not of sin (Jn. 5:24; 3:18; Rom. 8:1; Ps. 103:12; Isa. 43:25; 1Jn. 1:9)!
  3. Works tested by fire to determine rewards (1Cor. 3:11-15).
    1. Criteria: Motives, obedience, faith, stewardship, etc.
  4. Rewards (Matt. 25:14-30; Lk. 19:11-27): authority in kingdom.

IV. THE ETERNAL JUDGMENT FOR THE UNRIGHTEOUS.

  1. A judgment of sin for eternal punishment (Rev. 20:11-15).
  2. Those not found in the Book of Life will be cast into the eternal lake of fire (hell, Gehenna) (vv. 14-15).

CONCLUSION: There will be a resurrection and eternal judgment. Are you ready (Gen. 18:25; Rom. 11:33)?