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Book Life
(Revelation 20.12b-13)
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"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. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done." (Revelation 20.12b-13)

Those Whose Names

Book of LifeThe "Book of Life" was opened. This concept often occurred in Scripture. Moses in Exodus 32.32 said to God, "But now, please forgive their sin — but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written." He was willing to be blotted out of the Book of Life if that would save his people. There was also the curse of the Psalmist in Psalm 69.28 "May they be blotted out of the book of life and not be listed with the righteous." Isaiah 4.3 spoke of those who are among the living. The Prophet wrote, "Those who are left in Zion, who remain in Jerusalem, will be called holy, all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem." Saint Paul spoke of his fellow laborers in Philippians 4.3 whose names were in the Book of Life. He wrote, "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." It was the promise of the risen Christ to the Church at Sardis that the name of him who overcame will not be blotted out when the Book of Life was opened. Those whose names were not written in The Book of Life were given over to destruction. The background to this was that every ruler had a book of living citizens under his control, and when a man died, his name was removed from the roll. Colin Hemer referred to one particular custom in ancient Athens according to which the names of condemned criminals were erased from civic registers before their execution. The Greek word translated “to erase”, “was the technical term for such degradation” (148). Those whose names were in the book of life were those who were living, active citizens of the kingdom of God.✞

"Book Life"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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