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Judgment According to Works
• Judgment According to deeds.
Job 34:11 For the work of a man shall he render unto him, and cause every man to find according to his ways. (KJV) God judges people for what they do and say, be it good or bad.
Psalm 62:12 Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work. (KJV) Wealth, honor, power or fame add nothing to our value in God’s eyes. Only the faithful work we do for Him has eternal value.
Proverbs 24:12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works? (KJV) You may think what you do in your life is your business, and no one else’s, but God knows and shall judge your motives. He will reward you on Judgment Day according to what you do.
Isaiah 59:18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence. (KJV) God shall punish ALL His enemies according to what they have done, ALL people in ALL lands. God’s enemies are those without Christ (Rom.5:1-10).
Jeremiah 17:10 I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. (KJV) God makes it clear why we sin . . . sin starts in the heart. Our hearts have been bent to sin from the time we were born (Ps.58:3). It is easy to go our own way and forget God. We have a free will, we can choose whether or not to continue in sin. We can yield to temptation, or we can ask God to help us resist temptation when it comes.
Ezekiel 7:3 Now is the end come upon thee, and I will send mine anger upon thee, and will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense upon thee all thine abominations. (KJV) Israel has done much wrong in God’s eyes. She shall be judged, individually and nationally! BUT, what about us??? We must NOT judge Israel or anyone else. It is God who shall judge ALL people according to their sins. ALL people shall feel God’s anger on Judgment Day, because He shall judge people for what they have done. He will pay people back for all their disgusting conduct.
Ezekiel 7:27 The king shall mourn, and the prince shall be clothed with desolation, and the hands of the people of the land shall be troubled: I will do unto them after their way, and according to their deserts will I judge them; and they shall know that I am the Lord. (KJV) The rulers of the Earth will stand helpless, weeping in despair, and the people will tremble with fear. God will bring against them ALL the evil they have done to others, and they will receive the punishment they so richly deserve. At that time, they will know that He is the Lord!
Ezekiel 16:59 For thus saith the Lord God; I will even deal with thee as thou hast done, which hast despised the oath in breaking the covenant. (KJV)
Ezekiel 39:24 According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them. (KJV) God turns His Face away from sin, and shall punish people in extent to the sordidness of their sins.
Matthew 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. (KJV) Jesus' Words. People are free to do whatever they desire, but they are NOT free from God. Sin can deeply affect our personalities, which respond in anguish when we harm ourselves physically and spiritually.
Matthew 16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. (KJV) Jesus' Words. Jesus Christ has been given authority to judge all the Earth (Rom.14:9-11; Phil. 2:9-11). There is a future, final judgment when Christ returns (Mat.25:31-46) and everyone’s life is reviewed and evaluated. ALL people shall face a judgment. Born again believers eternal destiny has already been decided (Heaven), but Jesus will look at how we handled gifts, opportunities, and responsibilities, in order to determine our heavenly rewards OR loss of what we could have had. Unbelievers' eternal destiny also has been predetermined (Hell), and they shall be judged on every sin they ever committed. On Judgment Day, God will deliver the righteous and condemn the wicked. We should never judge others’ salvation; that is God’s work.
Matthew 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. (KJV) Jesus' Words. It is no new thing for religious leaders to show a form of godliness just to mask their great atrocities. But the counterfeit, hypocritical piety of leaders who know better shall be judged with much harsher sentences. I truly believe that there are various degrees of judgment, for both believers and unbelievers, depending on the circumstance. Just like in Jesus’ time on Earth, religious leaders thought only of how much they could benefit financially, so too it is today. Tele-evangelists who hoodwink people with their gift of gab, get richer and richer, not caring about the people they cheat. What they do is NOT for the glory of God, but instead the good of themselves. Gain being their god, never fearing the Almighty who shall one day judge them. So sad, but this verse is omitted in several of the newer versions of the Bible.
Luke 12:47-48 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.  But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. (KJV) Jesus' Words. Believers who know what the Lord expects of them, but does not do it, will be punished with a greater severity. But people who are not aware that they are doing wrong will be punished lightly. Much is required from those to whom much is given, and much more is required from those to whom much more is given. Degrees of future punishment is judged on the knowledge a person has. But, even heathens know there shall be a future judgment, and know when they are doing wrong.
WORKS • relationship between faith and works.
Luke 3:8-9 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.  And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. (KJV) Jesus' Words. Confession of sins and a changed life cannot be separated in the life of faith; for faith without deeds is dead (James 2:14-26). Jesus’ most severe words were to the respectable religious leaders who lacked the desire for real change. They wanted to be known as religious authorities, but they did not want to change their hearts and minds. So their lives were unproductive. Repentance must be tied to action, or it is not real. Following Jesus means more than saying the right words; it means acting on what He says. Trust and obey! There is NO other way!
More verses about Judgment according to works.
Job 34:11 For the work of a man shall he render unto him, and cause every man to find according to his ways. (KJV) God judges people according to their deeds. He treats people according to what they do.
Psalm 62:12 Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work. (KJV) God judges all people according to what they have done.
Proverbs 24:12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works? (KJV) At Judgment Day, people may try to avoid responsibility by saying they didn't know. But, God knows ALL hearts, and He sees you, knows your heart. He knows that you knew! He will judge all people according to what they have done.
Isaiah 3:10-11 Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.  Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him. (KJV) Eventually the righteous will receive God’s reward and the wicked will receive their punishment. It is disheartening to see the evil people prosper today while good, honest people struggle to obey God. Yet we must keep holding on to God’s Truth and take heart! God will bring about justice in the end, and He will reward those who have been faithful to Him.
Isaiah 5:15-16 And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled:  But the Lord of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness. (KJV) All mean and evil people will be disgraced, and all who are proud and arrogant will be humbled in Judgment Day. But the Almighty Lord shall show His greatness by doing what is right. God shall reveal His holiness by judging His people fairly.
Isaiah 59:18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence. (KJV) God shall punish His enemies according to what they have done, no matter where on this Earth they live!
Jeremiah 17:10 I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. (KJV) The Lord searches the minds and test the hearts of people, for ALL sin starts in the heart. He shall judge each person according to the way they live, and according to what they do.
Jeremiah 32:19 Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings: (KJV) God loves us and sees our situation. Whenever we doubt God’s wisdom or wonder if it is practical to obey Him, we can just look back on what we already know about Him. Such thoughts and prayers will quiet our doubts and calm our fears. God is good! He will always do right. And on Judgment Day, ALL people shall be judged according to their ways and works.
Ezekiel 7:3-4 Now is the end come upon thee, and I will send mine anger upon thee, and will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense upon thee all thine abominations.  And mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity: but I will recompense thy ways upon thee, and thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and ye shall know that I am the Lord. (KJV) Just as God has judged Israel in the past and will again in the future, He shall judge ALL people according to their ways. On Judgment Day He shall not spare anyone who has disobeyed Him and done wicked and abominable things in His eyes. The day of grace and mercy will be past! People will finally KNOW that He is the Lord!
Matthew 12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. (KJV) Jesus' Words. The way a person talks tells from what country they are, and so also, what kind of a person they are. The heart is like a fountain, and our words are the stream. A troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring, always sends forth muddy and repulsive water. Only when we cast the grace of God into the spring (heart), can the waters be healed. Only when God’s grace is applied can our speech be purified of corrupt communication. Evil people have evil in their hearts, and out of it can come only evil things. Lusts and corruptions dwell and reign in an evil heart, out of which the sinner brings forth bad words and actions, always to the dishonor of God, and always to the hurt of others. Let us speak words agreeable to the Christian character and deeds to honor and glorify God, for that is how we shall be judged.
Matthew 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. (KJV) Jesus' Words. Israel’s history, culture, and daily life centered around its relationship with God. The religious leaders were well known, extremely powerful, and respected above all other leaders. Jesus made severe accusations because the leaders had lost sight of God and what He expected of them. They hungered for power, money, and status. Look around you today. Some preachers and tele-evangelists today are money hungry wolves in sheep’s clothing. They certainly shall face a greater damnation.
Luke 12:47-48 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.  But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. (KJV) Jesus' Words. NO one is so ignorant as to not know right from wrong; and too, the many things that are right which he/she neglects to do. Because of this, people CANNOT excuse their sin. People who know what God wants them to do, but do not do it, will be punished severely (greater damnation) as stated above. But people who do not know what God wants, and yet does something for which he deserves correction, will be punished with a lighter judgment. The more knowledge a person has, the greater his/her responsibility.
Luke 13:6-9 He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.  Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?  And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:  And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down. (KJV) Jesus' Words. In the Old Testament, a fruitful tree was often a symbol of godly living (Ps.1:3; Jer.17:7-8). Jesus states what will happen to a barren tree. Jesus warns that God would not tolerate forever Israel’s lack of productivity (nor ours). In Luke 3:9, John the Baptist brings the same message. Do you enjoy God’s blessings, yet give nothing in return? You do NOT want to be cut down and cast into the fire (Luke 3:9).
John 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. (KJV) Jesus' Words. When Jesus came the first time, His mission was to show them the way to find salvation and eternal life. When He comes again, one of His main purposes will be to judge people for how they lived on Earth. Christ’s Words that are rejected by the majority of people, will condemn those same people. On Judgment Day, those who accepted Jesus and lived His way will be raised to eternal life (1 Cor. 15:51-57; 1 Thes. 4:15-18; Rev. 21:1-8), but those who rejected Jesus and lived any way they pleased will face eternal punishment (Rev. 20:11-15). Where do you stand in regards to Jesus? I cannot stress firmly enough that this is the most important decision you will ever make in your life here on Earth. Decide now which side you’ll be on, for the consequences of your decision last forever.
1 Cor. 3:12-15 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.  If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. (KJV) There is going to come a time of testing at the judgment day to see what kind of work each builder has done. Everyone's work will be put through the fire to see whether or not it keeps its value. If the work survives the fire (anything built on Christ), that builder will receive a reward. But any work done for self shall be burned up, and the builder will suffer great loss. The builder himself will be saved, but will be saved by the skin of their teeth.
Galatians 6:5-10 For every man shall bear his own burden.  Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. (KJV) Each of us is responsible for our own conduct. You cannot ignore God and get away with it. You will always reap what you sow! IF you live only to satisfy your own sinful desires, you shall harvest the result of your sins on Judgment Day. But IF you live to please God, you shall harvest everlasting life. Quite a difference! What is your choice???
1 Peter 1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: (KJV) Reverent fear is the healthy respect of a believer for the all-powerful God. Because God is the Judge of all the Earth, we dare not ignore Him or treat Him in a casual way. Our privileged status as God’s children does NOT give us freedom to do whatever we want. We should not be like spoiled children, but grateful children who love to show respect for our heavenly Father. Our attitude toward God shall be judged.
JUDGMENT • SHALL BE OF ALL:
• Actions. Eccles. 11:9; Eccles. 12:14; Rev. 20:13
• Words. Matthew 12:36-37; Jude 1:15
• Thoughts. Eccles. 12:14; 1 Cor. 4:5
• None, by nature can stand in. Psalm 130:3; Psalm 143:2; Romans 3:19
• Saints shall, through Christ, be enabled to stand in. Romans 8:33-34
• Christ will acknowledge saints at. Matthew 25:34-40; Rev. 3:5
• Perfect love will give boldness in. 1 John 4:17
• Saints shall be rewarded at. 2 Tim. 4:8; Rev. 11:18
• The wicked shall be condemned in. Matthew 7:22-23; Matthew 25:41
• Final punishment of the wicked will succeed. Matthew 13:40-42; Matthew 25:46
• The word of Christ shall be a witness against the wicked in. John 12:48
Please consider ETERNITY!
Your soul is ETERNAL, no matter what you may think! Fact is fact, whether you believe it or not. God wants NO one to be condemned to Hell. But, the decision rests in your hands, and yours alone. Do you want all your sins forgiven now, and be assured of Heaven? Or do you want judged for your every sin you ever committed and be assigned to an everlasting Hell?
John 3:15-18 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (KJV) Jesus' Words.
John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (KJV)
Do NOT call God a “liar”! (1 John 5:10-12).
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