THE TWO BOOKS OF LIFE
The names in the ‘Lamb’s Book of Life’ were written before the foundation of the world by the finger of God! No further names are either added or deleted in time! And because in a sense those names are written with the very blood of Jesus, THEY CAN NEVER BE BLOTTED OUT!
To the question – “Is your name written in the Book of Life”? all kinds of answers are given, such as – “I am working on it”, “I hope so”, “I will know only when I die” etc.
But the Scripture testifies that whosoever’s names are written in the ‘Book of Life’ were written there BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD!
“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him (the Antichrist), whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world”. [Rev 13:8]
What I may do or not do in time does not determine whether my name will be written in that book! The names of those who are written in the Lambs Book of Life are not written there because God either foresaw or knew that they would someday ‘choose Him’ as ‘personal saviour’!
A MAN BELIEVES IN CHRIST IN TIME BECAUSE HIS NAME WAS WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE BEFORE TIME BEGAN!
If your name is written in this ‘Book of Life’, then you are among the chosen or the elect of God. And that is the reason you believed the gospel when you heard it – i.e. because you were ordained to eternal life! “And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and AS MANY as were ordained to eternal life believed”. [Acts 13:48] Notice, not any more or any less, but AS MANY as were ORDAINED TO ETERNAL LIFE – BELIEVED!
These whose names are written in this “Book of Life” become true believers and followers of Christ by and by not by their ‘own free-will’ but because GOD has chosen them to be His own! As the Lord said- “ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you”! [John 15:16]. And the Apostle reiterates this when he says, “But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath FROM THE BEGINNING CHOSEN YOU TO SALVATION through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth”! [2Thes 2:13]
All that to say, if God has written your name in the ‘Lamb’s book of Life’ then you are ETERNALLY SECURE and will be preserved and kept faithful till the end! The Lord Jesus is the author of your faith and He is the ‘finisher’ too! (Heb 12:2). It is He who began a good work in you, and it is He who will finish it, and to Him shall be ALL the glory! (Phil 1:6)
But there are objectors to the doctrine of eternal security who often ask “Do not the words of our Lord in Rev 3:5 imply the possibility of our names being blotted out of the Book of Life?” For there the Lord says, “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I WILL NOT BLOT OUT HIS NAME OUT OF THE BOOK OF LIFE, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels”.
Does the above verse imply that one’s name CAN be blotted out of the “Book of Life”? We answer certainly not! When we study the Bible carefully we discover that God maintains many books and among these are TWO BOOKS OF LIFE. One from the CREATION vantage point and the other from the vantage point of the NEW CREATION. The former is the Book of Life containing all the names of every one whom God created and brought into the world. This is the book that is in view in Exodus 32: 31-33. And again this is the book in view when David said “Thine eyes did see my substance yet being unperfect and in Thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.” Ps 139: 16.
Praying against his enemies, David said “Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.” Ps 69:28. Here again the book in view is the Book of Life from the creation vantage point. Surely those whom the Father has not chosen to eternal life, those for whom Christ has not died and those whom the Holy Spirit has not made alive shall indeed have their names blotted out of this Book of Life.
But those whose names are written in the LAMBS BOOK OF LIFE are those who are loved of the Father with an everlasting love and ransomed by Christ who has paid their debt in full and made alive by the Holy Spirit with an everlasting life. These shall NEVER have their names blotted out of the Book of Life but are eternally secure in Him who has said “Rejoice not that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because YOUR NAMES ARE WRITTEN IN HEAVEN!” [Lk 10: 20]. Hallelujah!