The doctrine of final judgment…stresses man’s accountability and the certainty that justice will finally triumph over all the wrongs which are part and parcel of life here and now. The former gives a dignity to the humblest action, the latter brings calmness and assurance to those in the thick of the battle. This doctrine gives meaning to life…The Christian view of judgment means that history moves to a goal…Judgment protects the idea of triumph of God and of good. Its unthinkable that the present conflict between good and evil should last throughout eternity. Judgment means that evil will be disposed of authoritatively, decisively, finally. Judgment means that in the end God’s will will be perfectly done.
– Leon Morris, The Biblical Doctrine of Judgment, page 72
as quoted by J.I. Packer, Knowing God, copyright 1973, page 144