Why is final judgment based on works?

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Every passage of Scripture describing final judgment appeals to good works done in this life as the basis for judgment (e.g. Matthew 7:21-23; 25:31-46;II Corinthians 5:10;Revelation 21:11-15).

This seems to conflict with the repeated teaching that salvation is given as God’s undeserved gift and is “not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy” (Titus 3:5).

So how do we reconcile works based judgment with the fact that, “it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Final Judgment 

Let’s first be clear about the fact that, “…people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

“It is written: ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow before me;
 every tongue will acknowledge God.’ So then…

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