And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
The above passage depicts the final judgment of people who have died without trusting in Christ. This passage underscores very clearly that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.
What we see in this passage:
- There are multiple books (“the books”) that catalog the works done by the people attending this judgment.
- Each person’s works are documented in these books.
- Each person is judged according to his works (and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works)
- No person’s works will be considered in whether or not he is allowed into heaven.
- There is only one Book of Life (and another book was opened, which is the book of life)
- Whoever is not in the Book of Life is cast into hell (And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.)
What we don’t see in this passage:
- We don’t see any mention of works being contained in the Book of Life. It is names only. One cannot get his name written into the Book of Life by his works.
- We don’t see any mention of someone’s works being used to corroborate, or authenticate, whether or not his name was found in the Book of Life. That is because works are not the basis by which one is saved. Rather, the only way to heaven is by trusting in Christ.
- We don’t see any cross-reference between “the books” (of works) and “the book” (of life). This concept is underscored in Matthew 7:21-23:  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (The people that Jesus is condemning in this passage have works, but they do not have eternal life. Their names are not in the Book of Life).
- We don’t see anyone’s name at the Great White Throne Judgment being found in the Book of Life. That is because this judgment is for people who have not believed. Judgment for church-age believers takes place at the judgment seat of Christ, depicted in 1 Corinthians 3:12-15:  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
The ONLY way to receive eternal life is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.
 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
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