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Judgement Book
(Revelation 20.12b)
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"Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books." (Revelation 20.12b)✞

Dead Were Judged

ScrollNow followed the judgement of human kind. It was the judgement of all, both great and small. No one was so great that they will escape the judgement of God. Two kinds of books were mentioned here. The first contained the record of our deeds. This was a common idea in Scripture. "The court was seated," says Daniel 7.10b, "and the books were opened." A record of all our deeds was kept by God. The symbolism was that all through life we were writing our own destiny, it was not so much that God judged a person as that a person wrote his own judgement by what he or she did or did not do.

Record of Deeds

Stone Arch showing the JudgementThe open judgement book represented God's judgement, and in it were recorded the deeds of everyone, good or evil. We were not saved by deeds, but deeds were seen as clear evidence of a person's actual relationship with God. The Book of Life, on the other hand, contained the names of those who had put their trust in Christ to save them. The second cancelled out the first!

"Judgement Book"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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