The Book of Life

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10/31/2023

The Book of Life

Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire." Revelation 20:15

This verse from Revelation 20:15 says that those not in the Book of Life will face punishment in the lake of fire. It emphasizes the importance of having one's name in this special book to avoid such consequences. In this verse, we discover the gravity of having our names written in the Book of Life. It is a book of eternal importance, where the places of souls are recorded. Here it does not mean that everything is predestined, rather it shows obedience of the souls. However, the question arises: How can we ensure our names are found within its pages?

Jesus said that, “…everyone who acknowledges Me before men, I also will acknowledge before My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32 and Luke 12:8 and Acts 16:31). If we have live our lives in obedience we are heaven bound. If we have disobeyed, our names will be blotted out of the book, and consequently we are bound for eternal punishment (Matthew 25:46). In simple terms, Jesus said that if we believe in Him and follow Him, we will go to heaven. But if we don't, our names will be removed, and we will face eternal punishment. The life of Jesus was the demonstration to live godly lives. He empowered and equipped us to live a life that should be lived in the Lord's accordance. As a result, it's a clear distinction between those who choose to follow Jesus and those who don't, with big consequences for our eternal destiny.

Let’s questions ourself and then find answers from the Bible:

Can a name be removed from the Book of Life?

Yes, God makes it clear that if someone sins against Him, their name can be taken out of the Book of Life (Exodus 32:33). At the end of the book of Revelation, there's a strong warning to protect God's truth. It says that if anyone adds or removes things from the words of this book, God will take away their part from the Book of Life (Revelation 22:18-19). In other words, those who oppose them to live their lives not according to the instructions of the Lord will face eternal punishment.

Have we accepted Jesus as our Savior and acknowledged Him as the way to eternal life to follow him with all our heart and mind?

To have our names in the Book of Life, it starts with a personal decision to accept Jesus as our Savior and acknowledge Him as the only way to eternal life. In John 14:6, Jesus declares, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." This statement emphasizes that salvation is found exclusively through faith in Jesus. To accept Him as our Savior means recognizing that He is the one who paid the price for our sins through His death and resurrection. By trusting in Him, we gain the assurance of eternal life. The clarity here is that salvation hinges on a personal relationship with Jesus. It's not merely about knowing about Him but knowing Him intimately and committing our lives to Him to follow His commandments. This acceptance should lead to a transformed life where we strive to follow His teachings and imitate His character.

Are we living a life in accordance with God's will and commandments?

In Exodus 32:32, Moses offered to have his name removed from God's book to secure forgiveness and salvation for the sinful Israelites who had made a golden calf. This highlights the significance of living in accordance with God's will and commandments. Although we can't earn salvation through our efforts, our obedience and actions demonstrate a transformed heart and a life that mirrors God's character. Living in line with God's will means making an effort to align our choices, actions, and values with His revealed truths in the Bible. This obedience should stem from our love for God and our desire to honor Him. It's an ongoing journey of becoming more like Christ, as we allow the Holy Spirit to shape us.

Are we sharing the message of salvation with others?

It becomes our responsibility to bring people into the feet of Christ. In Philippians 4:3, Paul speaks of individuals whose names are in the Book of Life because they labored with him in sharing the gospel. This underscores the importance of spreading the message of salvation. As believers, we are called to be messengers for Christ, sharing the good news so that more people can come to faith in Him. Sharing the gospel is both an act of obedience and love, as a result of our salvation in Jesus Christ. Having experienced God's grace, we desire others to experience it as well. It's both a responsibility and a privilege to participate in God's redemptive work. When we share the gospel, we play a part in having more people into the feet of Christ. As we cannot earn salvation, we cannot write anyone's name in the Book of Life. Both things belong to the Lord. Our sole responsibility being a believer is that our lives should reflect the transformative power of Christ, and our words should point the way to eternal life through faith in Him. In this regard sharing the message of salvation is a fundamental aspect of living out our faith.

In Acts 16:30-31, a jailer in Philippi asked Paul and Silas, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household." This verse underscores the central message of repentance and faith in Jesus Christ for salvation. The story of the prodigal son, found in Luke 15:11-32, shows how much God wants us to live a life according to the God's way rather than our ways. It's like a father who was so happy when his son, who had gone astray, returned home. Our Heavenly Father feels the same joy when someone who was lost turns back to Him. This story teaches us that making peace with God is really important. In Bible, Jesus says, "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost." This verse emphasizes that Jesus came to find and save those who are spiritually lost, highlighting His mission to bring people back to God. He doesn't want anyone to be lost. He wants everyone to turn to Him and be saved. That's why Jesus and His followers told people to repent and believe in the good news to live godly life. The Bible teaches that we must choose our path, and God will judge us based on our choices.

In brief, to have our names remain in the Book of Life needs our continuous commitment to do good obeying the Lord's commandments. Jesus stressed the importance of seeking eternal life rather than temporary things. He said, "Don't work for things that perish but for what leads to everlasting life, given by the Father" (John 6:27). Furthermore, in Revelation 3:5, Jesus promises that those who remain faithful will have their names kept in the Book of Life, and He will acknowledge them before God and His angels.

In a world filled with distractions and temptations, we must teach our children about the eternal importance of the Book of Life. We must teach that prayer, fasting and reading God's Word are crucial to continue the work of the Lord. We should also instill in them the values of faith, repentance, and forgiveness, emphasizing that God's love is always ready to welcome them home.

Let’s pray. Heavenly Father, we come before You with hearts full of gratitude for the opportunity to have our names written in the Book of Life through faith in Your Son, Jesus Christ. Help us to live lives that honor You, sharing the good news of salvation with others. May we understand the eternal significance of this book and seek to lead our children in the path of righteousness. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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