OF THE JUDGMENT
concerning the form of the judgment there is a threefold question. Who
judge, who are to be judged, and upon what will they be judged?
is the Judge: "It is He who is appointed by God to be judge of the
and of the dead."3 We may here interpret "the dead" to
"the living" to mean the just; or "the living" to refer to
those who at
time were living and "the dead" to mean those who had died. Christ of
certain is Judge, not only in that He is God, but also in that He is man.
first reason for this is because it is necessary that they who are to
judged may see the Judge. But the Godhead is so wholly delightful that
could behold it without great enjoyment; and hence the damned are
permitted to see the Judge, nor in consequence to enjoy anything.
therefore, of necessity will appear in the form of man so that He
seen by all: "And He hath given Him power to do judgment, because He
Son of man."4 Again Christ deserved this office as Man, for as Man
unjustly judged, and therefore God constitutes Him Judge of the
world: "Thy cause hath been judged as that of the wicked. Cause and
Thou shalt recover."5 And, lastly, if God alone should judge men,
being terrified, would despair; but this despair disappears from men
are to be judged by a Man: "And then they shall see the Son of man
in a cloud."6