6 Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.
12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.
Do you know that there are 2 resurrections and that they are 1000 years apart?
Did you also know the resurrections are not where they are judged in terms of where they will go? The 2nd resurrection judges those already dead. Already dead. Already dead. There were pronounced as dead even before the throne. Guess what they are judged for? For what they did.
Now look at the first resurrection. Look at what they are called. They are called blessed and holy. Note they were already judged as blessed and holy. Their holiness came from their blessings.
Notice the dead are judged already dead. Not at the great white thrown. That means judgment was made here. Today.
We become righteous through our pronouncement from and in Christ. When we come to believe in Him we see ourselves judged in Jesus.
The dead are called the dead even before their deeds are judged. This means their death is not based on deeds but their own righteousness. They are called the dead because they rely on works. Notice after they are raised and classified as dead. Then an only then they are judged and thrown into the lake of fire. Why are they thrown there? Notice this.
The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.
You cannot be saved by works. You can only be saved by the grace of God. Jesus Christ.