Q. I just have a short question. If we are saved totally by grace, what is the judgment all mankind will face at the end? Thank for your inspiration. I look forward to coming to this site every single day.
A. There are several judgments for the different components of humanity mentioned in the Bible. 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 speaks of a judgment for the Church. It will happen in Heaven, probably right after the Rapture. It’s more of an awards ceremony because the issue is not whether a person is saved or not, but what rewards they’ll receive for things they did for the Lord while on Earth. This is the only so-called judgment the Church will face. It’s also mentioned in 2 Cor. 5:10 where “good” represents things we will have done at the Lord’s direction, and “bad” stands for things we will have done on our own, apart from Him.
At the 2nd Coming there will be a judgment for Old Testament Jews who died in faith of a coming redeemer (Daniel 12:2). They’ll be resurrected to help populate Israel during the Millennium. There will also be a series of judgments right after the 2nd Coming for Tribulation survivors to determine whether they go live into the Kingdom or are cast into hell. These judgments are explained in parable form in Matt. 24:45 – Matt. 25:46.
Finally, at the end of the Millennium there will be a judgment for unbelievers of all ages, both Jew and Gentile (Rev. 20:11-15). They’ll be judged by their works and then sent to their final destiny in Hell.