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IV. In Judgment How Will The Cases Of The Sinners Be Decided?

James 2:
    8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
    9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.
    10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
    11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.
    12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.

Ecclesiastes 12:
    13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
    14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

Matthew 12:
    36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
    37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Revelation 20:
    12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
    13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

Revelation 22:
    12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
    14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

2 Corinthians 5:
    10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Psalms 62:
    12 Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.

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.

NOTE:
    The Bible teaches that salvation is a gift of God and can be received by faith but this does not void the law. (see Romans 3:28,31 below) Works or deeds may be an evidence of ones faith just as actions may show love. (see James 2:20 and 1 John 5:2,3 below)

Romans 3:
    28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
    31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

James 2:
    20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

1 John 5:
    2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
    3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

    The law is the standard by which one knows sin. Therefore sin is the breaking of the law. (see Romans 7:7 and 1 John 3:4 below) The law is the standard of judgement. (see James 2:12 below)

Romans 7:
    7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

1 John 5:
    4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

James 2:
    12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.

    The proper relationship between faith and works can be best illustrated by the example of the apple tree. The apple tree does not produce apples so it can be an apple tree but produces apples because it is an apple tree. A Christian will do good works because he is a Christian and not so he can be one. When Christ dwells in your heart, your actions will show that He is changing you on the inside. You will become like a light on a hill in a dark world. (see Matthew 5:16 below)

Matthew 5:
    16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

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