Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The Book of Life and how every individual believer or unbeliever is to God.

Friday, May 6, 2011

In ROM 9:22-23, we are noting two phrases that reveal how precious every individual including believer or unbeliever is to God.

1. The Doctrine of the Book of Life.
2. The Doctrine of the Unlimited Atonement.

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 =
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 mentioned as a distinct individual in the book of Revelation,
REV 2:7,11, 17, 26, 3:5, 12, 21.
The winner is also mentioned one other time in REV 21:7.

There is a difference between overcoming the world and being a winner in the eternal state.

1PE 3:9b “for you were elected for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.”

The first thing that is obvious about your blessings being deposited in eternity past is that under the principle of election, you could never work for any divine blessing in time.

All divine blessings were willed for you by God before you were alive to perform any good deed.

EPH 1:3-4 Worthy of praise and glorification be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, [He blessed us] just as He elected us in Him before the foundation of the world,

We are not blessed by personality improvement, by morality, by self-sacrifice, or by Christian service.

You must have motivation in life.
You must have a dynamic mental attitude.

COL 2:2 that their hearts may be encouraged, (through metabolized doctrine), having been knit together by means of love [the filling of the Spirit and impersonal unconditional love], and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding –

– And this results in the true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ himself.

COL 2:3 In whom [TLJC] are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge

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