The Book of Life

He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.

Revelation 3:5

To have our names written in the Book of Life should be the main objective of every human being. The Bible explains the way in which our names are written in this book. This is achieved when, by faith, we make Jesus Christ our Lord, giving Him control over our life and accept, by grace, the gift of salvation. Most Christian churches profess the doctrine that salvation, once obtained, is not lost. If that were true, why does the Lord say: and I will never erase his name from the book of life?

I think we should take seriously what Revelation 3:5 says and not jump lightly to refute it, convinced of our own doctrinal points. Nothing of what is written in the Bible is a filling to make greater its volume, but that same God has left each verse with a purpose. The word erase means to remove, suppress, and exclude something that was. Therefore, if the Lord says that He will not erase from the Book of Life to which He overcomes, it is because those who do not fulfill that requirement will be erased from it.

Then could we lose our salvation? We see what the Bible says. In Matthew 24:22 the Lord Jesus says: And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened. In chapter 24 of Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus explains to His disciples the signs before the end and His second coming. He speaks of the beginning of sorrows and tribulation and in Matthew 24:10 He says: At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another.

The times we live are of great test as to faith and fidelity to our Lord. In Matthew 10:22, Matthew 24:13 and Mark 13:13, Jesus repeats that whoever perseveres to the end will be saved. There are 8 verses from the book of Revelation that repeat the phrase, He who overcomes. We have already seen in Matthew 24:10 that many will fall away. Also in Matthew 20:16 and Matthew 22:14 it says that many are called and few are chosen. All these biblical passages point out that there will be people who will deny their faith and their names will be erased from the Book of Life.

But there is more biblical evidence that we cannot sing victory by making a prayer out of the mouth and then going back to muddling into the mud like pigs. Philippians 2:12 says, Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. And Hebrews 2:3 says, how will we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was first spoken by the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him.

The coming of our Lord is near and we cannot neglect our salvation but deal with it with fear and trembling. The Lord tells us in Matthew 24:42, Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. Let us strive to remain in holiness so that our names are not erased from the Book of Life. Revelation 20:15 says what would happen to anyone who was not in it: And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. May it not happen to us, let us keep the white robes to the end. God bless you.

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