That is the question addressed by this week’s giveaway, the just-released Four Views on the Role of Works at the Final Judgment.
In this new addition to the Counterpoints series, Robert N. Wilkin, Thomas R. Schreiner, James D. G. Dunn, and Michael P. Barber present four perspectives on the place of works at the final judgment. Those perspectives being:
Wilkin - Works will determine rewards but not salvation: At the Judgment Seat of Christ each believer will be judged by Christ to determine his eternal rewards, but he remains eternally secure even if the judgment reveals he failed to persevere in good works (or in faith).
Schreiner - Works will provide evidence that one actually has been saved: At the final judgment works provide the necessary condition, though not the ground for final salvation, in that they provide evidence as to whether one has actually trusted in Jesus Christ.
Dunn - Works will provide the criterion by which Christ will determine eternal destiny of his people: Since Paul, Jesus, and the New Testament writers hold together 'justification by faith and not by works' with 'judgment according to works', we should not fall into the trap of playing one off against the other or blend them in a way that diminishes the force of each.
Barber - Works will merit eternal life: At the final judgment, good works will be rewarded with eternal salvation. However, these good works will be meritorious not apart from Christ but precisely because of the union of the believer with him.
Through a discussion of Biblical texts, these four contributors debate the age-old question: What must I do to be saved?
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