The Book of Life

Let’s begin by looking at the first and last mention of the Book of Life in the Bible.

“And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosover hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.” (Exodus 32:33) ~ “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” (Revelation 22:19). It is interesting to note that both mention the real possibility of having one’s name removed from the Book of Life.

I believe that the Book of Life is an actual written record of each of our lives, containing all that we have done, said and thought. It is a record of even the minutest of details, things that we so easily and conveniently forget. This study will prove the importance of living for God without compromise. It will confirm that we have full assurance if we continue in the faith.

As mentioned above, even the smallest detail of our lives are recorded in Heaven. Do you know that God has an account of every tear that you have ever cried? “Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into Thy bottle: are they not in Thy book?” (Psalm 56:8). This should be a great encouragement to all who think that God does not care for them. He does know every pain, worry, fear, and tear you have cried. He cares so much that He has written them in a journal of your life. We serve a God who does not forget about us for the slightest moment.

“Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect; and in Thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when yet there was none of them.” (Psalm 139:16). From the womb to the tomb God knows all about us. 

Not only does His Book contain the blueprint of our body, soul, and spirit, but it also records the times we have spent in His presence and in fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ. “Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon His name” (Malachi 3:16). Do you see the point? Every prayer meeting you did or did not attend is entered therein. The times we where at church or should have been are plainly written down. Every act of devotion is recorded in His Book. Nothing escapes God’s eyes. All the sacrifices you have made for the cause of Christ, and every excuse we have made for not obeying Him are clearly seen in the Book of Life.

We should rejoice in the fact that our names are entered into His Book, unless we are unsure of our personal commitment to Christ. “Rejoice, because your names are written in Heaven” (Luke 10:20). We can also rejoice because we know that we are not doomed along with those who do not believe in Jesus Christ. “A fiery stream issued forth from before Him: thousand thousands ministered unto Him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him: the judgement was set, and the books were opened” ~ “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Daniel 7:10 & Revelation 21:27). Each person who has ever lived has a biography written by God. No doubt every word and every action is recorded ready to be broadcast in vivid technicolour. Our thoughts too will be played back to us. So we see how it is important to make certain that our names are entered into “the Lamb’s book of life” any other book wont do.

If we want to be sure that our names will never be blotted out we have to be overcomers. “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before His angels” (Revelation 3:5). This calls for personal commitment to the Lord on our part. We will not get to Heaven warming a church pew nor by the skin of our teeth. Heaven is not for the fainthearted but for those who are willing to stand up and step forward for Christ. This means we have to put our Christianity into action as proof that our names are indeed in the Book of Life. Paul spoke of those faithful ones who laboured with him in the gospel. He called them “fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.” (Philippians 4:3). 

Those who will not follow Jesus will not have their names in the Book of Life. Their names will appear in another book. These are they who will worship the Antichrist when he is revealed. “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (Revelation 13:8). These are doomed to eternal destruction. Regardless of how good a person thinks they are, they will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire. This is because they never accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour, and because of this their names do not appear in the Book of Life. “The beast that thou sawest and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is . . . And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 17:8, 20:15).

We should praise God that the message of salvation was given to us. We should continuously thank Him for such wonderful redemption. Our eternal existence with Him in glory is guaranteed if our names are recorded in His Book. The day we received the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour was the moment our names were written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Since it is the “Lamb’s Book of Life” I wonder if our names are written bold blood-red ink?

“To the general assembly and the church of the firstborn, which are written in Heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect.” (Hebrews 12:23).

“Then will He own my
worthless name
Before His Father’s face;
And in the new Jerusalem,
Appoint my soul a place”
Isaac Watts