I'm trying to wrap my head around the final judgment and I'm having a hard time. I'm getting different answers. It seems there are two options in Reformed tradition: Our life is judged in order to determine if we are going to heaven or hell Our life is judged to determine our level of rewards Defenders of #1 say that our lives, our deeds, are judged on the last day in order to determine if we are united with Christ. Here are some examples: Defending the second view are the following: Five Arguments Against Future Justification According to Works - Reformation21 Five Arguments Against Future Justification According to Works (Part II) - Reformation21 Judgment of Believers in the Westminster Standards - Reformation21 Blog 45. The Necessity of Good Works Unto Salvation Considered. --- I simply cannot understand how #1 is consistent with justification through faith alone. I do not understand how we can be united with Christ through faith alone if our works are necessary to connect us to Christ as well. I find Gill's essay very helpful (though he doesn't specifically address the final judgment). Can anyone help me understand?