Now for something really scary!


And whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.[1]

As believers in Jesus Christ we take great comfort in the fact that we believers have our names written in the book of life.  Speaking of the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, only those whose names are written in the Book of Life will enter.

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.[2]

And this is no surprise to us, for we all understand this.  But when do we get our names written in the Book of Life?  Many of us think of the time, we with sincere hearts gave our lives to the Lord as our Savior.  This moment is the time we fondly think of as passing from death to life and getting our names written in the Book of Life.  After all it makes sense that if we never get our names written in this book, we will burn in the lake of fire.

How many of us who feel secure in our position before the Lord and our knowledge of scripture, would be surprised to learn this is not what is taught in The Gospel According to the Gospel?

First of all, our names were never written down when we were convicted by the Holy Spirit that we were sinners, causing us to repent of our sins and then afterwards received forgiveness for our sins.  Instead scripture teaches, we had our names written in the Book of Life since the foundation of the world.

The beast that thou sawest was, 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.[3]

This is the only place in scripture that speaks of when our names were put in the Book of Life.  From the foundation of the world your name and mine has been in this most important book.  Does this sound like God went to plan B when Adam sinned or if He thought it out a little bit more than we give Him credit, and we are actually still on plan A?

Well if our names our written down in His book since the foundation of the world, does this speak of the irresistible election that Calvin speaks of?  Meaning there are some who are elected and others who are not.  If you are elected your name is already in the Book of Life and you have no power to resist God’s grace too you.  You will and have to become a believer.  If you are not elected your name was never in the Book of Life and never will be.  You will never be saved because from eternity you were destined to go to hell.

Or is there something in the Gospel According to the Gospel that explains this better?  When we let scripture speak for itself we will find a shocking discovery.  Names are not written in the Book of Life permanently from the foundation of the world.  Names are blotted out!  That is right, names our put in the book from the foundation of the world and from there they are blotted out.

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.[4]

There is only one in whom we find eternal life and there is only one who can blot names out of the Book of Life and His name is Jesus.  Yes, Jesus tells us that if we are one of the overcomers our names will not be blotted out.  For most of us, this is scandalous, because this goes in the face of what we have come to believe.  This goes in the face of what we have come to believe because we have not believed in the Gospel According to the Gospel.

So what is scarier to you, the fact that names our blotted out of the Book of Life or the fact that many Christians and maybe you too have believed in another gospel not found in the Gospel According to the Gospel?

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[1] Revelations 20:5

[2] Revelations 21:27

[3] Revelations 17:8

[4] Revelations 3:5

6 thoughts on “Now for something really scary!

  1. Can you please clarify the scripture below also in light of the post above? It is commonly used by ministers of many denominations to explain to people that what most think of as the Salvation moment (the sinner’s prayer utterance for example…) is in fact, the moment the name is written it. They refer to this scripture.

     20Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. (Luke 10:20, King James Version)

    Thank you.

  2. (Luke 10:20 KJV) Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

    I studied this scripture as well for the post and it coincides with the blog above. Simply names are written in the Book of Life before the foundation of the world. We can rejoice when our names are in there because they have not been blotted out. My next blog will speak more on this.

    Thanks for you input.

  3. glasseyedave,
    Very interesting website you have here. The points you raise are quite challenging. The topic in question could be looked in light of Jesus’ parable of the sower. Some seeds fell amongst thorns, some by the wayside and some in fertile soil. Jesus’ explanation of the parable is very thought-provoking and it certainly comes into play here.

  4. Hi Henry, I have so enjoyed our conversations and am happy to share my thoughts with you here. I agree with you about the parable of Jesus, but you would be surprised at how many do not. I have even been called a cult leader because I advocate the free will of man to choose or not to choose Christ. Let’s stay in touch.

    • Hi Edwina,

      I too believe this is true. I think the reason is because we see doctrine that supports both sides in scripture. Now I know God is not a duplicit, so it must be us. This is why I believe the doctrine of Paul and others that talk about our hope and coming salvation. Realizing Christ is bringing salvation with Him erases this division. How, because once we are saved, at His coming, we are eternally secure, but until then we need to endure to the end in order to not fall away. Not because we will loose our salvation. But because we did not endure to the end for the hope of our salvation to be revealed.

      Look forward to more of your input. Hope I make it an interesting read.

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