The Book of Life and Salvation
You are attending a football game with a full stadium. Look around. Who else is Saved by God at that moment? Everyone, including that person running onto the field with a bomb strapped on him.
Everyone alive still has their name written in the Book of Life, with two exceptions. Don’t blaspheme the Holy Spirit (Luke 12:10) or follow the future Beast, aka Antichrist (Revelation 13:7-8; 17:8). But, your name can be removed from the Book of Life at your death. In Jesus’ warnings to the Churches, He said,
What happens if, at your death, your name is blotted out of the Book of Life? As will likely occur with that running bomber if he triggers an explosion. At the Last Judgment:
This is confirmed in Daniel.
The key to spending eternity in God’s grace is to remain in the Book of Life. Everyone starts out with their name in that favored document. Consider the Israelites who worshiped the Golden Calf. Moses tried to intervene on their behalf with God.
Consider David’s prayer against his advisories.
God wrote everyone’s names in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world. Blotting out of the Book happens at death. Consider the two thieves nailed on crosses beside Jesus at His Crucifixion.
One criminal mocked Jesus, his name soon blotted from the Book of Life. The other criminal was repentant and acknowledged Jesus as the Messiah his partner had insulted. Jesus confirmed his Salvation in Paradise. The repentant Thief on the Cross remained in the Book of Life. There is no indication that he was ever filled by the Holy Spirit, baptized, claimed Jesus was God, or any other restrictions on God’s grace.
If we are all in the Book of Life, can born-again Christians lose their Salvation? Yes. Jesus called them Foolish Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13). They are the seeds that brought joy but fell on rocky ground or among the thorns of life (Luke 8:11-15). We all know someone who has wandered from the Truth (James 5:19-20).
God is always faithful to us. It is us who have the free-will to wander. Consider the following passages.
However, nothing prevents us from stepping out of God’s hand. Our daily trials and temptations can be a test of our free-will. We must finish our days in God’s grace, still in the Book of Life. Paul wrote,
 Except the blasphemers and followers of Antichrist. Paul wrote about “my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life (Philippians 4:3),” which does not exclude others who are not yet co-workers.
|Last update: September 5, 2013|