Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Book of Life and the eternal knighthood of the eternal believer.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
1. The doctrine of the Book of Life.
2. The Doctrine of the Unlimited Atonement.
One thing in time and something different in eternity.
First of all, in eternity past the book of life is a registry containing the names of every member of the human race who would ever be born.
In time, the book of life has to do with a two-fold concept:
1. All members of the human race who are alive, both believers and unbelievers.
2. A registry of all believers and also those who will be rewarded as winner believers or overcomers.
The winner believer is stated 7 times in Rev 2 and 3, the number 7 being the number of perfection and completion in time, and then mentioned for the eighth time, in REV 21:7, 8 being the number of perfection for all eternity.
All believers are overcomers because of their union with Christ –
1JO 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.
Will all believers rule with Christ?
The answer to that question is no!
2TI 2:11-13 Faithful is the word. For if we have died with Him, we shall also live with Him. If we endure [in the PPOG], we shall also rule with Him.
If we refuse [to function in the PPOG], He will also refuse us [reward]. If we are unfaithful [live in the cosmic system], He remains faithful, for you see, He cannot deny Himself.
ROM 8:17 and if children, we are heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him.
LUK 19:17 “Well done, good servant, because you have been faithful in a very little thing, be in authority over ten cities.”
LUK 19:19 and He said to another faithful servant, “And you are to be over five cities.”
All overcomers [winners] are believers, but not all believers are overcomers [winners].
REV 2:26 “Furthermore, the winner, even he who keeps my assignments [execution of the PPOG] until the end [perpetuation of spiritual maturity], to him I will give authority over the nations.”
REV 2:28 “Furthermore I will give to him the order of the morning star.”
The mature believer will be a king over a Gentile nation and rule during the Millennium.
Both in time and in eternity believers are classified in two ways:
All believers arrive in eternity either as winners or losers.
1CO 15:41-42 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead.
DAN 12:3 And those who have insight [doctrinal discernment, wisdom] will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.
So the winners are those who lived in the PPOG and who learned Bible doctrine in time.
The believer was elected in eternity past for the purpose of inheriting blessing.
1PE 3:9b “for you were elected for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.”