Revelation 20:11-12 (HCSB)

 Then I saw a great white throne and One seated on it. Earth and heaven fled from His presence, and no place was found for them. I also saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged according to their works by what was written in the books.

     The scene:
  • A great white throne
  • One seated on it from whom earth and heaven fled
  • The dead—Great and small—standing before the throne
  • Books opened/Bool of Life opened
  • The dead were judged according to their works

     What is going on?  Is salvation by works?  Or may we say that condemnation is by works, which seems to be the case here since this is the second resurrection, not the first (in which it appears the righteous were raised).
     Expositor’s Commentary: As Mounce observes: “If the first resurrection is limited to actual martyrs, then the judgment of verses 11-15 involves both believer and impenitent.  If the second resurrection is of the wicked only, then the judgment is of those who will in fact be consigned to the lake of fire.”

     It is sobering to ponder that in God’s sight nothing is forgotten; all will give an account of their actions…Works are unmistakable evidence of the loyalty of the heart; they express either belief or unbelief, faithfulness or unfaithfulness.

     What will your works reveal about you, dear reader?
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