What Role Do Works Play At Final Judgment for the Believer? Four views in a new book from Zondervan

Alan P Stanley sets up the discussion in this book from 4 points of view from

  1. Robert Wilkin, Executive Director of the Grace Evangelical Society;
  2. Tom Schreiner, New Testament and Pauline Scholar at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary;
  3. James Dunn, a leading British New Testament scholar known for his Jesus and Paul studies, not to mention coining the term „New Perspective;”
  4. Michael Barber, professor of theology, Scripture, and Catholic thought at John Paul the Great Catholic University.

On Pages 9-10, there is a  list/chart Stanley puts together of Scripture relating to what the Scripture has to say on this:

Scripture has consistently testified to this final day of judgement in a number of ways.

  1. God is the rightful „Judge of all the earth” (Gen 18)
  2. No one will be exempt (1 Sam 2; Gen 18; 1 Chron 16)
  3. Judgment is according to people’s works (Job 34; Ps 62; Prov 24)
  4. Judgment will bring „every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil” (Eccl 12)
  5. God will judge with justice and equity (Gen 18)
  6. The wicked „will not stand in judgement” (Ps 1) while the righteous „will sing before the Lord” (Ps 98)

Of course, the New Testament builds on what the Old Testament established: (pg. 10)

  1. God has „set a day” for judgment (Acts 17; Rom 2; 1 Cor 4)—i.e. „the last day” (Jn 12); „the day of judgment” (Matt 10)
  2. It is a day that has come closer, for „the hour has already come” (Rom 13); „the end of all things is near” (1 Peter 4)
  3. God has selected a man to carry out his judgments; that man is named Jesus, whom the Father has „entrusted all judgments” and given all „authority to judge” (Jn 5)
  4. Therefore, judgment will not be left to „any human court” (1 Cor 4)
  5. God’s judgments through Christ will be „based on truth” (Rom 2)
  6. The „Sovereign Lord” is able and will judge „people’s secrets through Jesus Christ” (Rom 2)

The book can be purchased here – http://www.amazon.com/Views-Works-Final-Judgment-Counterpoints

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