The Justice and Goodness of God: A Biblical Case for the Final Judgment

By Thomas R. Schreiner

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The Justice and Goodness of God: A Biblical Case for the Final Judgment

By Thomas R. Schreiner

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Understanding God’s Righteousness through His Final Judgment of Sin

The reality of God’s ultimate punishment is central to the gospel. Only by facing sin’s devastation can believers fully grasp the beauty of their salvation and help unbelievers confront their need for forgiveness. Unfortunately, many Christians and Bible scholars neglect God’s final judgment.

In his book The Justice and Goodness of God, theologian Thomas Schreiner offers a comprehensive, biblical analysis of eternal destruction. Explaining that “final judgment doesn’t contradict God’s goodness but verifies and displays it,” he examines themes of sin, death, and redemption in the New Testament and other passages of Scripture. With helpful personal and theological application, this brief guide helps readers see how God’s judgment is anchored in his holiness, justice, and righteousness. Readers will see that God’s judgment isn’t bad news but good news. Life doesn’t make sense without it, and salvation shines brighter against the backdrop of God’s judgment. 

  • Brief yet Insightful: Examines themes of sin, death, mercy, and holiness, with helpful Scripture references and summaries in each chapter
  • Rich Biblical Analysis: Studies eternal destruction as described in the Gospels, the Pauline Epistles, and throughout Scripture
  • Ideal for College and Seminary Students

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Thomas R. Schreiner

Thomas R. Schreiner (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is the James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and associate dean of the School of Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Product Details

Category: Theology
Biblical Studies
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 160
Size: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Weight: 8.19 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-9119-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-9119-8
ISBN-UPC: 9781433591198
Case Quantity: 72
Published: May 21, 2024

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Only a Holy God
Chapter 2: The Ugliness of Sin         
Chapter 3: Judgment in the Gospels and Acts
Chapter 4: Judgment in the Epistles 
Chapter 5: Judgment in the Book of Revelation
Chapter 6: Living in Light of the Judgment   
Chapter 7: Salvation Shines Brighter

General Index
Scripture and Ancient Sources Index


“​​This book on the final judgment of God reflects everything we have come to expect from the scholarship of Tom Schreiner—judicious exegesis, confessional fidelity, practical application, and clear writing. The topic is not an easy one to write on, but it is a necessary one lest we forget why the gospel of Jesus is indeed good news.”
Jonny Gibson, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary; coeditor, Ruined Sinners to Reclaim

“This is an important study of a biblical truth that needs to be proclaimed to our generation. Tom Schreiner shows that God’s final judgment is based on his perfect goodness that deals righteously with human sin to establish his righteousness in the world. The book handles the different sections of the Bible carefully and thoroughly, highlighting and discussing important themes, and painting a powerful picture in the mind of his reader.”
John Coulson, Deputy Principal and Lecturer in Bible, Brisbane School of Theology

“Does it sound uplifting to read an entire book on what the Bible teaches about God’s judgment? It should. In this book, Tom Schreiner delivers to us the hard truth about God’s righteous judgment that we deserve for our sinful condition. The bad news is really bad. But that is what makes the good news about God’s merciful kindness in Jesus the Messiah so uplifting. The more accurately you understand God’s righteous judgment, the more brightly God’s saving work shines.”
Andy Naselli, Professor of Systematic Theology and New Testament, Bethlehem College & Seminary; Elder, The North Church, Mounds View, Minnesota

“This is a deeply insightful book on an important, oft-overlooked, and confronting truth. It can be painful to consider our sin and God’s judgment, but doing so helps us appreciate the grace of God more deeply. Tom Schreiner has written a penetrating, accessible guide to this important topic.”
Peter Orr, Lecturer in New Testament, Moore Theological College