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Christ’s Return

The evaluation of all humankind on the basis of works at Christ’s return (Matt. 25:31-32). The wicked will be condemned because of their evil deeds. Salvation is by grace and through faith (Eph. 2:8); the last judgment will test what believers have done with their lives (1 Cor. 3:13-15). Some will be rewarded (Luke 19:16-19). Thus, although our salvation depends on what Christ has one, our eternal reward is related to the use we have made of God’s gifts to us.

The Shaw Pocket Bible Handbook, Walter A. Elwell, Editor, (Harold Shaw Publ., Wheaton , IL; 1984), p. 353