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Ever get bombarded by those “add your name to this list” emails?
They are usually some type of fundraising, political petition or even spam?
I do, and I am tired of them.
Granted some of those emails are my own fault for being engaged in civic calls to action and my community, but after awhile its like no I don’t want me name anywhere….well ….there is only one place I want my name in.
The book of Life.
What is the book of life?
The book of life, or as it is also know as the lambs book of life, is a book with names of those entering the heaven of God forever. Don’t you want your name there as well? I sure do.
The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels.
There several references to the book of life and having our names written in the book of life, there’s also mention of those will not. Where will they end up? Those will end up in the lake of fire.
Anyone whose name was not found written in the
book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
I am going to put up a few verses that mention the book of life. Just so you can see what is written, explore those chapters in the passages mentioned below.
May they be blotted out of the book of life and not be listed with the righteous
There is even talks of those being blotted out the book of life in the Old Testament .
Trust me when I tell you I do not want to be one of those whom their names were blotted out. Luckily I want to have my name in the book of life. I want to be with our creator in the new Jerusalem he has been preparing for his children.
Yet you can find confidence in knowing that in the New Testament it says that make sure you repent of all sin and believe in the lord Christ as your savior, make sure that you are saved. (Philippians 4:3; Revelation 3:5).
Once your name is written in the Book of Life, it is never erased (Revelation 3:5; Romans 8:37-39).
No believer should doubt his eternal security in Christ (John 10:28-30).
All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.
Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause
of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and yet will come up out
of the Abyss and go to its destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because it once was, now is not, and yet will come.
And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and
books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.
Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is
shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the
book of life.
This was intense reading. We all know how to achieve salvation. What we need to do is accept our responsibilities which we are called to do to maintain our salvation and not fall off the wagon sort to speak. We need to keep our name written in the book of life. We need to keep promoting peace and love of Christ. We need to keep listening to his calling.
I did additional research with questions one may have pertaining the book of life. Below you will see the link and excerpts to these questions to help guide you and go a little further in depth in this conversation.
Question: “What is the Book of Life?”
declares, “If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life,
he was thrown into the lake of fire.” The Book of Life, in this context,
is the set of names of those who will live with God forever in heaven.
It is the roll of those who are saved. This Book of Life is also
mentioned in Revelation 3:5; 20:12; and Philippians 4:3.
The same book is also called the Lamb’s Book of Life because it
contains the names of those who have been redeemed by the blood of the
Lord Jesus (Revelation 13:8; 21:27).
How can you be sure your name is written in the Book of Life? Be sure
you’re saved. Repent of sin and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as your
Savior (Philippians 4:3; Revelation 3:5). Once your name is written in the Book of Life, it is never erased (Revelation 3:5; Romans 8:37-39). No true believer should doubt his eternal security in Christ (John 10:28-30).
The Great White Throne Judgment described in Revelation 20:11-15 is a judgment for unbelievers. That passage makes it clear that no one at that judgment has his name in the Book of Life (Revelation 20:12-14). The fate of the ungodly is sealed; their names are not in the Book of Life; their punishment is sure.
Some people point to Revelation 3:5 as “proof” that a person can lose his salvation. However, the promise of Revelation 3:5
is clearly that the Lord will not erase a name: “He who overcomes . . .
I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life.” An overcomer is
one who is victorious over the temptations, trials, and evils of this
world—in other words, one who is redeemed. The saved are written in
God’s registry and have the promise of eternal security.
Another passage over which confusion sometimes arises is Psalm 69:28:
“Let them [David’s enemies] be blotted out of the book of the living.”
This “book of the living” should not be confused with the Lamb’s Book of
Life. David is referring to earthly, physical life, not eternal life in
heaven. The same is true of the “book” mentioned in Exodus 32:32-33.
God keeps good records. He knows His own, and He has set the names of His children permanently in His book.
Eternal Security by Charles Stanley
Question: “Is there a difference between the book of life and the Lamb’s book of life?”
There are eight references in New Testament to the “book of life,”
and two of them refer specifically to the book of life that belongs to
the Lamb, Jesus Christ. Seven of the references appear in the book of
Revelation. Those whose names are written in the book of life are those
who belong to God, those who have attained eternal life.
Paul refers to those who have labored alongside him as those whose names are in the book of life (Philippians 4:3), again identifying the book of life as a record of the names of those who have eternal salvation. In the same way, Revelation 3:5
refers to the book of life in which the names of believers in the Lord
are found. These are those who overcome the trials of earthly life,
proving that their salvation is genuine. This verse also makes it clear
that once a name is written in the book of life, Jesus promises that He
will never blot it out, proving once more the doctrine of eternal security.
The Lord Jesus, who is speaking to the churches in this part of
Revelation, promises to acknowledge his own before His Father.
Conversely, Revelation 20:15 reveals the fate of those whose names are not written in the book of life—eternity in the lake of fire.
Revelation 17:8 clarifies when
the names of the redeemed are written in the book of life: “The
inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book
of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when
they see the beast” (emphasis added). The names of those who approve of
the Antichrist are not found in the book of life, and the names that are in the book of life were written there before the world was created. Thus, Revelation 17:8 teaches both eternal security and election.
In Revelation 13:8 and 21:27,
we find the references to the “Lamb’s book of life,” in which also are
the names of all those who have been washed by the blood of the Lamb,
Jesus Christ. The Lamb who has been “slain from the creation of the
world” has a book in which are written all those who have been redeemed
by His sacrifice. They are the ones who will enter the Holy City, the
New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:10) and who will live forever in heaven with God. Since the book of life is that which records all who have eternal life through the Lamb, it’s clear that the book of life and the Lamb’s book of life are one and the same.
Question: “Is it possible for a person’s name to be erased from the Book of Life?”
says, “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” (KJV). This verse is usually involved in the debate concerning
eternal security. Does Revelation 22:19 mean that, after a person’s name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, it can at some time in the future be erased? In other words, can a Christian lose his salvation?
First, Scripture is clear that a true believer is kept secure by the power of God, sealed for the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30), and of all those whom the Father has given to the Son, He will lose none of them (John 6:39).
The Lord Jesus Christ proclaimed, “I give them eternal life, and they
shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father,
who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them
out of my Father’s hand” (John 10:28–29b). Salvation is God’s work, not ours (Titus 3:5), and it is His power that keeps us.
If the “anyone” referred to in Revelation 22:19
are not believers, who are they? In other words, who might want to
either add to or take away from the words of the Bible? Most likely,
this tampering with God’s Word would be done not by true believers but
by those who only profess to be Christians and who suppose that
their names are in the Book of Life. Generally speaking, the two main
groups who have traditionally tampered with God’s revelation are
pseudo-Christian cults and those who hold to very liberal theological
beliefs. Many cults and theological liberals claim the name of Christ as
their own, but they are not “born again”—the definitive biblical term
for a Christian.
The Bible cites several examples of those who thought they were believers, but whose profession was proven to be false. In John 15,
Jesus refers to them as branches that did not remain in Him, the true
Vine, and therefore did not produce any fruit. We know they are false
because “by their fruits you shall know them” (Matthew 7:16, 20); true disciples will exhibit the fruit of the Holy Spirit who resides within them (Galatians 5:22). In 2 Peter 2:22,
false professors are dogs returning to their own vomit and a sow who
“after washing herself returns to wallow in the mire” (ESV). The barren
branch, the dog, and the pig are all symbols of those who profess to
have salvation, but who have nothing more than their own righteousness
to rely upon, not the righteousness of Christ that truly saves. It is
doubtful that those who have repented of their sin and been born again
would willingly tamper with God’s Word in this way—adding to it or
taking from it. Purposefully corrupting God’s Word reveals a lack of
There is another important consideration about the meaning of Revelation 22:19, and it involves translation. Most manuscripts do not even mention the “book of life”; instead, they have “tree of life.” Here is how Revelation 22:19
reads in the NIV: “If anyone takes words away from this scroll of
prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of
life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.” Other
translations with “tree” instead of “book” are the NASB, ESV, NLT, HCSB,
ISV, NET, and ASV, among others. The KJV stands nearly alone in
translating it as the “book” of life. The error arose when Erasmus,
in compiling his Greek text, was forced to translate the last six
verses of Revelation from the Latin Vulgate into Greek. The “tree”
became a “book” because a scribe had accidentally replaced the Latin lingo (“tree”) with libro (“book”). All translations that follow the Textus Receptus, such as the KJV, thus incorrectly say “book” instead of “tree” of life.
Arguing for the “tree of life” translation instead of the “book of life” translation are two other verses in the same chapter: Revelation 22:2 and 14. Both mention the “tree of life” and the “city” together, the same as verse 19 does. Also, the word portion or share
is significant. The one who corrupts the Word of God will be deprived
of access to the tree of life, despite whatever claim he thinks he has
to that fruit.
is another verse that impacts this issue. “He who overcomes . . . I
will never blot out his name from the book of life.” The “overcomer”
mentioned in this letter to Sardis is the Christian. Compare this with 1 John 5:4:
“Everyone who is born of God overcomes the world.” And verse 5: “Who is
he that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son
of God.” (See also 1 John 2:13.) All believers are “overcomers” in that they have been granted victory over the sin and unbelief of the world.
Some people see in Revelation 3:5
the picture of God’s pen poised, ready to strike out the name of any
Christian who sins. They read into it something like this: “If you mess
up and don’t win the victory, then you’re going to lose your salvation!
In fact, I will erase your name from the Book of Life!” But this is NOT
what the verse says. Jesus is giving a promise here, not a warning.
Never does Scripture say that God erases a believer’s name from the
Lamb’s Book of Life—there is never even a warning that He is
contemplating it! The wonderful promise of Revelation 3:5
is that Jesus will NOT erase one’s name. Speaking to the
“overcomers”—all those redeemed by the blood of the Lamb—Jesus gives His
word that He will not delete their names. He affirms that, once a name
is there, it is there forever. This is based on the faithfulness of God.
The promise of Revelation 3:5 is directed to believers, who are secure in their salvation. In contrast, the warning of Revelation 22:19
is directed to unbelievers, who, rather than change their hearts toward
God, attempt to change God’s Word to suit themselves. Such people will
not eat of the tree of life.
The Book of Life
by Chris Moen
The Bible speaks of a book in heaven that lists the names of
all the people who will inherit eternal life. Will your name be included
in the Book of life?
God reveals through His servants, the prophets, that He has a
very special book. This is currently an open book containing a registry
of names. God deems very precious the individuals whose names are being
recorded in it.
This unique book was not made with human hands. Instead, it exists in
the heavenly realm. It belongs to Jesus Christ and is called “the
Lamb’s Book of Life” (Revelation 21:27).
To have one’s name written in this book means that one is considered
righteous before God and will inherit eternal life provided he or she
remains faithful to the end (Revelation 3:5). To have one’s name blotted out of this book signifies a fate of eternal death (Revelation 3:5; 20:15).
The first mention of this Book of Life is when Moses offered to have
his name erased from it. Speaking to God, Moses said, “Oh, these people
have committed a great sin, and have made for themselves a god of gold!
Yet now, if You will forgive their sin—but if not, I pray, blot me out
of Your book which You have written” (Exodus 32:31-32).
God replied to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him
out of My book” (verse 33). As noble as Moses’ intentions may have been
to protect his fellow Israelites from God’s wrath, God will not
negotiate with people’s salvation in this way.
Who is currently in the Book of Life?
The Book of Life contains the names of those who have been spiritually
converted and who have dedicated their lives to the service of God. Like other
servants of God, Moses understood that his name was already written in
the Book of Life (Exodus 32:31-32).
Jesus said that Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the prophets will be in the
Kingdom of God, so their names are certainly in the Book of Life (Luke 13:28). Jesus further told His disciples to “rejoice because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20).
The apostle Paul wrote a letter citing the names of a few faithful
brethren alive at the time “whose names are written in the Book of Life”
What members of the true Church of God have in common with the
patriarchs and prophets of old is that they all share the same gift of
the Holy Spirit (1 Peter 1:10-12; 2 Peter 1:21). Having God’s Holy Spirit is the key to being granted eternal life in the Kingdom of God (Romans 8:9, 11). Those who will be in God’s Kingdom will have their names in the Book of Life (Malachi 3:16-17).
Can a name be erased from the Book of Life?
God was very clear that a person’s name can be removed from the Book
of Life: “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book”
At the end of the book of Revelation, a warning stands as a guard
defending God’s truth. “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of
the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add
to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes
away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away
his part from the Book of Life” (Revelation 22:18-19).
In the last days, there will be a global resurgence of a false
religious system. God says this system of worship of a man will be
synonymous with worshipping Satan the devil (Revelation 13:4).
The deception will be so great that “all who dwell on the earth will
worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of
the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (verse 8).
Only those who resist participating in this system of worship will be rewarded for their victory over Satan (Revelation 15:2; 17:8; 20:4). See our article “What Is Babylon?” to better understand this false system.
A promise to the faithful
The prophet Daniel, while being given a vision of “a time of trouble”
at the end of the age, was told: “At that time your people shall be
delivered, every one who is found written in the book [of life]” (Daniel 12:1).
The apostle John was given a vision even farther into the future of “the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God” (Revelation 21:10).
It was revealed to John that “there shall by no means enter it [the
holy city] anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but
only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life” (verse 27).
The prophet Malachi was given a message of correction and warning for
God’s wayward people, the Israelites. God still loved His people,
though they had strayed from His laws; but He now demanded honor,
faithfulness and obedience from them.
God then inspired Malachi to share a wonderful promise of hope. God
would grant to those who fear Him the reward of eternal life in the Kingdom of God. They would be identified in a registry called a “book of remembrance” (Malachi 3:16).
This “book of remembrance” is a reference to the Book of Life. As
Malachi noted: “Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and
the LORD listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written
before Him for those who fear the LORD and who meditate on His name.
‘They shall be Mine,’ says the LORD of hosts, ‘On the day that I make
them My jewels. And I will spare them as a man spares his own son who
serves him’” (Malachi 3:16-17).
This fear of the Lord that Malachi spoke of is a healthy respect and love for God. To fear God and to keep His commandments is the whole duty of man (Ecclesiastes 12:13). To love God is to keep His commandments (1 John 2:5; 5:3).
God remembers the faithful deeds of “those who fear the LORD and who meditate on His name” (Malachi 3:16).
This means their godly conversations with each other are being listened
to intently, and every act of kindness and mercy is being noted (Matthew 10:42; 25:34-40).
To those who care for the needs of others, we’re reminded, “For God is
not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown
toward His name” (Hebrews 6:10).
What else does God keep a record of?
Even the struggles of trying to live a godly life against hardship
and temptation appear to be recorded in heaven. David, who was destined
to be Israel’s next king, asked God to remember his suffering during a
low point in his life when he was surrounded by enemies. He said, “You
number my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle; are they not in
Your book?” (Psalm 56:8).
Nehemiah may have been making reference to a heavenly record as he
prayed: “Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and do not wipe out my
good deeds that I have done for the house of my God, and for its
services!” (Nehemiah 13:14).
Is there also a record of men’s sins in heaven?
The simple truth is that we will be judged for what we do (Isaiah 66:15-16;
Romans 1:18-32). Solomon said, “For God will bring every work into
judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:14).
Jesus Christ, after His return and during His judgment of mankind,
“will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the
counsels of the hearts” (1 Corinthians 4:5).
While here on earth, Jesus also said, “I say to you that for every idle
word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of
judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you
will be condemned” (Matthew 12:36-37).
While the scriptures we have just seen do not necessarily imply that
there is a written record of men’s sins, the reality is that God knows
everything we do. And because God has perfect memory, there is indeed a
Thankfully, there is a way to have our sins blotted out and remembered no more by God (Hebrews 8:12). This forgiveness is made possible by Jesus Christ paying our death penalty for us, if we repent and accept it.
Through the prophet Ezekiel, God says, “Again, when a wicked man
turns away from the wickedness which he committed, and does what is
lawful and right, he preserves himself alive. Because he considers and
turns away from all the transgressions which he committed, he shall
surely live; he shall not die” (Ezekiel 18:27-28).
When a wicked man repents of his sins, “none of the transgressions
which he has committed shall be remembered against him” (verse 22).
When people repent, God also declares through the prophet Isaiah: “I,
even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I
will not remember your sins” (Isaiah 43:25). For more understanding on this subject, see the article “Judgment of God: The Real Story.”
The basis of God’s judgment
The prophet Daniel, describing the vision he was given of God’s
throne room where judgment takes place, said: “I watched till thrones
were put in place, and the Ancient of Days was seated. … The court was
seated, and the books were opened” (Daniel 7:9-10).
The apostle John was also given a vision of God’s future judgment.
John recounted: “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it,
from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found
no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before
God, and books were opened” (Revelation 20:11-12).
These books represent the books of the Bible, which contain God’s
law—the standard by which everyone’s deeds will be judged. “And the dead
were judged according to their works, by the things which were written
in the books” (verse 12).
John, still recounting his vision, then explained that an additional
book was opened: “And another book was opened, which is the Book of
Life” (verse 12). When the process of judgment is finished, the record
of names will be examined and “anyone not found written in the Book of
Life was cast into the lake of fire” (verse 15).
When is a name entered into the Book of Life?
The apostle Paul explains that the initial step toward salvation is
for a person to believe the gospel message of Jesus Christ. “In him you
also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation,
and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
which is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of
it, to the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:13-14, Revised Standard
Upon receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit, at that moment a person is begotten into the spiritual family of God (Romans 8:14, 16).
When a believer receives the Holy Spirit, the seal of promise, he or
she joins the “general assembly and church of the firstborn who are
registered in heaven” (Hebrews 12:23). Thus, a person’s name is entered into the Book of Life.
What must I do to have my name in the Book of Life?
For God to record our names in the Book of Life, we must repent of our sins, be baptized and become spiritually converted. Water baptism symbolizes one’s lifelong commitment to follow God’s way of life (Acts 2:38).
Jesus told His followers, “Do not labor for the food which perishes,
but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man
will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him” (John 6:27). Why is it so important for us to do this?
Jesus Christ declares, “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white
garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I
will confess his name before My Father and before His angels” (Revelation 3:5).
Father God I humbly thank you for another day to glorify your holy name. I thank you for this topic and the resources provided. I thank you for the clarity for I myself was unsure of something’s too. Thankful for the resources and praying that this helps someone in need. Amen