(9) From the Scriptures you will learn also of His second manifestation to us, glorious and divine indeed, when He shall come not in lowliness but in His proper glory, no longer in humiliation but in majesty, no longer to suffer but to bestow on us all the fruit of His cross–the resurrection and incorruptibility.  No longer will He then be judged but rather will Himself be Judge, judging each and all according to their deeds done in the body, whether good or ill.


(2) Each will receive as he has done:  if he is righteous, his righteousness will precede him; if he is wicked, the reward of wickedness is before him.

(3) and by preparing the new people for Himself might show, while He was on earth, that having brought about the resurrection He will Himself exercise judgment.

(5) If therefore the Son of God, who is Lord (of all things), and who will judge the living and the dead, suffered, that His stroke might give us life, let us believe that the Son of God could not have suffered except for our sakes.


(1) I add something, on account of unbelievers, of the day of judgment. Again, the fire of the Lord sent forth shall be appointed. The earth gives a true groan; then those who are making their journey in the last end, and then all unbelievers, groan. The whole of nature is converted in flame, which yet avoids the camp of His saints. The earth is burned up from its foundations, and the mountains melt. Of the sea nothing remains: it is overcome by the powerful fire. This sky perishes, and the stars and these things are changed. Another newness of sky and of everlasting earth is arranged. Thence they who deserve it are sent away in a second death, but the righteous are placed in inner dwelling-places.


(1) “If you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive you your sins” (Matthew 11:26).  There remains no ground of excuse in the day of judgment — when you will be judged according to your own sentence.  And whatever you have done, that you will also suffer.

the Didache

(16:3-5) For in the last days false prophets and seducers shall be multiplied, and the sheep shall be turned into wolves, and love shall be turned into hate; and because iniquity aboundeth they shall hate each other, and persecute each other, and deliver each other up; and then shall the Deceiver of the world appear as the Son of God, and shall do signs and wonders, and the earth shall be delivered into his hands; and he shall do unlawful things, such as have never happened since the beginning of the world.

Then shall the creation of man come to the fiery trial of proof, and many shall be offended and shall perish; but they who remain in their faith shall be saved by the rock of offense itself.


(3) For all, the righteous and the unrighteous alike, shall be brought before God the Word. For the Father hath committed all judgment to Him; and in fulfillment of the Father’s counsel, He cometh as Judge whom we call Christ. For it is not Minos and Rhadamanthys that are to judge (the world), as ye fancy, O Greeks, but He whom God the Father hath glorified, of whom  we have spoken elsewhere more in particular, for the profit of those who seek the truth. He, in administering the righteous judgment of the Father to all, assigns to each what is righteous according to his works. And being present at His judicial decision, all, both men and angels and demons, shall utter one voice, saying, “Righteous is Thy judgment.”

(4) When at length the Judge or judges and the King of kings comes from heaven.  He will overturn the whole dominion and power of the  Adversary.  He will also consume all of them with the eternal fire of punishment.  But to His servants, prophets and martyrs, and to all those who fear Him, He will give an everlasting kingdom.


(11) He also died, and rose again, and ascended into the heavens to Him that sent Him, and is sat down at His right hand, and shall come at the end of the world, with His Father’s glory, to judge the living and the dead, and to render to every one according to his works.


(1) For the ruin, certainly, of those who do not believe Him, to whom also He has threatened a greater damnation in the judgment-day than that of Sodom and Gomorrah; but for the resurrection of believers, and those who do the will of His Father in heaven. If then the advent of the Son comes indeed alike to all, but is for the purpose of judging, and separating the believing from the unbelieving, since, as those who believe do His will agreeably to their own choice, and as, [also] agreeably to their own choice, the disobedient do not consent to His doctrine;


(3) But at that time (the time of Moses) the people of God were one, and in one nation only, Egypt only was smitten. However, now the people of God are collected out of all languages and dwell among all nations.  And they are oppressed by those who rule over them.  Therefore, it must come to pass that all nations (that is the whole world) will be beaten with heavenly stripes.  As a result, the righteous people, who are worshippers of God, will be set free.  Back then, signs were given to announce the coming destruction to the Egyptians.  Likewise, at the last day, wonderful phenomena will take place throughout all parts of the  world, by which the impending destruction will be understood by all nations.

(4) The same King and God will pass judgment on the dead . . . However not all men will be judged by God at that time.  Rather, only those who have practiced the religion of God.  Sentence cannot be passed to acquit those who have not known God.  They are already judged and condemned. For the Holy Scriptures testify that the wicked will not rise to condemnations. (Psalms 1:5).  Therefore, only those who have know God will be judged.  And their deeds that is , their evil works, will be  compared and weighed against their good ones, so that if those which are good and just are more and weighty, they may be given to a life of blessedness; but if the evil exceed, they may be condemned to punishment.

(5) But when He will have judged the righteous, He will also tent them with fire. These persons whose sins will exceed their good works either in weight or in number will be scorch by the fire and burned.  However those who are filled with complete justice an d maturity will not feel this fire.  For they have something of God in them that repels and rejects the violence of the flame.

(6) Then the last judgment of God will come to pass against the nations. For He will shake the earth from its foundations, and the cities shall be overthrown, and He shall rain upon the wicked fire with brimstone and hail, and they shall be on fire, and slay each other. But the righteous shall for a little space be concealed under the earth, until the destruction of the nations is accomplished, and after the third day they shall come forth, and see the plains covered with carcasses.


(1) For He will yet send Him to judge us, and who shall endure His appearing?


(16) There is no doubt that at the Day of Judgment, the good will be separated from the bad, and the just form the unjust.  And all will be distributed according to their deserts, by the sentence of God, throughout those places of which they are worthy.


(1)  But Polycarp said, “Thou threatenest me with fire which burneth for an hour, and after a little is extinguished, but art ignorant of the fire of the coming judgment and of eternal punishment, reserved for the ungodly.


(3)  and “we must all appear at the judgment-seat of Christ, and must every one give an account of himself.”


(7) We get ourselves laughed at for proclaiming that God will one day judge the world.  For, like us, the poets and philosophers set up a judgment seat in the realms below.

(8) When, therefore, the boundary and limit, that millennial interspace, has been passed, when even the outward fashion of the world itself— which has been spread like a veil over the eternal economy, equally a thing of time— passes away, then the whole human race shall be raised again, to have its dues meted out according as it has merited in the period of good or evil, and thereafter to have these paid out through the immeasurable ages of eternity.

(9) A judgment has been ordained by God according to the merits of every man.

(10) We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according as he has done either good or bad” (II Cor. 5:10).  Since, however, there is then to be satisfaction according to men’s merits, how will anyone be able to reckon with God?  By mentioning both the judgment seat and the distinction between good and bad works, he sets before us a Judge who is to award both sentences.  He has thereby affirmed that all will have to be present at the tribunal in their bodies.

(11) He has appointed an eternal judgment, when both the thankful and the unthankful will have to stand before His court.

Gregory Thaumaturgas

(1) But, in fine, I shall require to use some such conclusion as this: O men, behold, I charge you now expressly and shortly, that you fear God, who is at once the Lord and the Overseer of all, and that you keep also His commandments; and that you believe that all shall be judged severally in the future, and that every man shall receive the just recompense for his deeds, whether they be good or whether they be evil.


(1) For He who gave the mouth for speech, and formed the ear to hear, and made the eye to see, will examine all things, and will judge righteous judgment, rendering merited awards to each.

(Lady Ophelia)


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