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The Final Judgment.

The Final Judgment.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE

THE REV. LUTHER T. TOWNSKND, D.D.



"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." REVELATION xx: 12.

THE REV. LUTHER T. TOWNSKND, D.D.



"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." REVELATION xx: 12.

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THE FIAL JUDGMET.THE REV. LUTHER T. TOWSKD, D.D."And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and thebooks were opened ; and another book was opened, which is the book of life ; and the dead were judged out of those things which werewritten in the books, according to their works." REVELATIO xx: 12.WE have reached this evening the last of theservices celebrating the dedication of this church.You all must have been impressed with the rareexcellence of the subjects chosen by the differentpreachers. The themes have been hopeful, elevating, inspiring. There have been no clouds. Thisfrequently is nature s way and is well ; but it is alsonature s way, and perhaps equally well, after a day of unusual splendors, to throw, at the evening hour, acloud upon the sky. In this procedure there may beno unkindness meant. The design, rather, may beto make men realize that earth is not Paradise, orto make them thoughtful, and impress them moreprofoundly with their responsibilities and obligations.If this is the design, then, while the cloud and itsshadow may be unpleasant and unwelcome, still, itmust be confessed that nature is no less mindful of our welfare in overcasting the evening than she is inpresenting the cloudless morning.This discourse is that friendly cloud in the evening sky.The entire verse from which the text is takenreads thus :"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God:and the books were opened ; and another book was opened.289
 
290 The Peoples Church Pulpit.which is the book of life; and the dead were judged out of thosethings which were written in the books, according to theirworks."This, you notice, is a prophetic vision. The apostle sees and depicts a something yet to be, a something many times referred to in the Sacred Scriptures. It is manifestly proper, in the presence of such representations, to ascertain, at the outset, whatis the meaning involved in the words employed.Comparing Scripture with Scripture, the followingpassages will perhaps give a comparatively definiteidea of what our text teaches :" 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."" So then every one of us shall give an account of himself toGod. Let us not, therefore, judge one another any r ore."" And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest then which dosuch things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God ?" Who will render to every man according to hi > deeds. "" Therefore judge nothing before the time, u* v .il the Lordcome, who both will bring to light the hidden things of dark ness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts."" For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father,with his angels ; and then he shall reward every man accordingto his works."
 
"Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his saints,to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they havengodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him."" I charge thee, therefore, before God and the Lord JesusChrist, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom : preach the word; be instant in season,out of season ; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering.and doctrineThe Final Judgment. 291"And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but nowcommandeth all men everywhere to repent ; because he hathappointed a day in the which he will judge the world inrighteousness, by that man whom, he hath ordained ; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men in that he hath raisedhim from the dead.""And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and deathand hell delivered up the dead which were in them ; and theywere judged every man according to their works."" For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested ;neither was anything kept secret, but that it should comeabroad."These quotations are taken from the English Version. The Revised Version does not diminish in theleast their force, nor modify their meaning. Wemay, however, obtain a few additional rays of lightby looking carefully at two or three of the wordsfound in the original text.For instance, the Old Testament word, tnishpart,

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