Article - Is Your Name in the Book of Life?
In Revelation 20:12, John speaks of the Judgment Day on which books are opened. One of those books is described as the Book of Life. It is called the Lamb’s Book of Life because Jesus was slain to make redemption available through His shed blood (Revelation 1:5-6; 5:8-13; 7:10; 13:8). It is the Book of eternal Life because only people whose names are written in it will enter into eternal life in the heavenly city (Revelation 7:17; 21:10, 27; 22:3-5). Those whose names are not written in God’s Book will be cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:14-15). Therefore, only the names of God’s children are written in the Book. But even a child of God can have his name taken out of the Lamb’s Book and, hence, forfeit his eternal salvation. For instance, children of God of the Old Testament were taken out of God’s Book because of their impenitent sin and because they turned their hearts away from God (Exodus 32:31-33; Deuteronomy 29:14-15, 18-20). Children of God of the New Testament are taken out of it because they do not overcome/remain faithful and/or they take away from God’s words (Revelation 2:10; 3:5; 22:19). Other names not found in the Book of Life are those who worshiped the sea beast (beast = the Roman government/emperors) and those who defile, cause an abomination or lie (Revelation 13:1, 8; 17:8; 21:27). If you want to be in the Book of Life (and stay in it), you must be a faithful Christian worker who endures to the end (Philippians 4:3; Revelation 3:4-5; also read Malachi 3:16-17). Is your name in the Book of Life? Has it been taken out? Examine yourself whether you are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5).
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