The following excerpt is taken from A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life by Joel Beeke and Mark Jones. In Chapter 49, “Thomas Manton on the Judgment according to Works,” the authors summarize Manton’s excellent comparison of the two states people will be in at the final judgment.
As judge, Christ will be a TERROR to those who have…
(1) despised God’s kingdom (Luke 19:27)
(2) refused God’s grace (Psalm 81:11)
(3) despised God’s benefits (Heb. 2:3)
(4) abused His grace and turned to lasciviousness (Jude 4)
(5) broken His commandments (John 15:10)
(6) questioned the truth of God’s promises (2 Peter 3-4)
(7) perverted God’s ordinances (Matthew 24:48-51)
Christ as judge will be a COMFORT to those who have:
(1) believed Christ’s doctrine (John 11:25)
(2) loved Christ (Ephesians 6:24; 1 Corinthians 16:22)
(3) warred against Christ’s enemies, the devil, the world, and the flesh (Revelation 3:21)
(4) obeyed His commandments (1 John 2:28)
Believers will be comforted because the judge is their friend, their brother, their high priest, and the one who died for their sins.