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Book of Life Opened (Revelation 20.12b-13)

"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 second book, the "Book of Life" is opened. This concept occurs often in Scripture. Moses in Exodus 32.32 says to God, "But now, please forgive their sin — but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written." He is willing to be blotted out of the Book of Life if it will save his people. There is 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 speaks of those who are written as being among the living. The Prophet writes, "Those who are left in Zion, who remain in Jerusalem, will be called holy, all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem." Paul speaks of his fellow laborers in Philippians 4.3 whose names are in the Book of Life. He writes, "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 is the promise of the risen Christ to the Church at Sardis that the name of him who overcomes will not be blotted out when the Book of Life is opened. Those whose names are not written in The Book of Life are given over to destruction. The idea behind this is that every ruler had a roll book of living citizens under his control, and when a man died, his name was removed from the roll. Those whose names are in the book of life are those who are living, active citizens of the kingdom of God.

"Book of Life Opened"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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