“And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep form the goats”…Matthew 25:32
In what manner the judgement will be conducted on the last day.
We read of several striking particulars on this point: let us see what they are.
The last judgement will be a judgement according to evidence. The works of men are the witnesses which will be brought forward, and above all their works of charity. The question to be ascertained will not merely be what we said, but what we did: not merely what we professed, but what we practised. Our works unquestionably will not justify us: we are justified by faith without the deeds of the law; but the truth of our faith will be tested by our lives. Faith which has no works is dead, being alone (James 2:17).
The last judgement will be a judgement that will bring joy to all true believers. They will hear those precious words, ‘Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom’; they will be owned and confessed by their Master before His Father and the holy Angels; they shall find that the wages He gives to His faithful servants are nothing less than ‘a Kingdom’. The least, and lowest, and poorest of the family of God, shall have a crown of glory, and be a king!
The last judgement will be a judgement that will strikingly bring out the characters both of the lost and saved. They on the right hand, who are Christ’s sheep, will still be ‘clothed with humility‘ (I Peter 5:5). They will marvel to hear any work of theirs brought forward and commended. They on the left hand, who are not Christ’s, will still be blind and self-righteous. They will not be sensible of any neglect of Christ: ‘Lord,’ they say, ‘when saw we Thee — and did not minister unto Thee?’ Let this thought sink down into our hearts. Characters on earth will prove an everlasting possession in the world to come: with the same heart that men die, with that heart they will rise again.