Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The Doctrine of the Book of Life, Part 3.

Thursday, May 10, 2001

Point 2. Passages Referring to the Book of Life.

Moses had to develop a registry of the tribes and families of Israel, and record their acts and different transactions in the desert and in the promised land.

Those who break the covenant which He had made with them should be blotted out of that list, and never enter into the promised land.

1PE 3:15 “but sanctify [set apart] Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you,”

Those who should break the covenant should be blotted out of the Book and never have any inheritance in the promised land.

They believed in Him, EXO 14:31; their sin was a violation of EXO 20:3-5.

The promise of God did not fail; those who sinned were blotted out of the book of life in time, but their family enjoyed the inheritance of the promise land.

Our birth certificates are similar to what the Old Testament would refer to as being registered in the book of life in time.

Our death certificates would represent being blotted out of the book of life in time.

In China the names of the individuals who have been tried and convicted as criminals are written in two distinct books, which are called “the book of life” and “the book of death.”

PSA 69:28 “May they be blotted out of the book of life, And may they not be recorded with the righteous.”

LUK 10:20 “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.”

“Are recorded” is a perfect tense and looks at an abiding condition.

PHI 4:3 the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.

REV 13:8 And all who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.

REV 17:8 “The beast that you saw was and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and to go to destruction. And those who dwell on the earth will wonder, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world,

REV 20:12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is {the book} of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.

Point 3. The Book of Life In Relation to Believers.

Believers’ names stand permanently written in the book of life. LUK 10:20 and HEB 12:23 suggest an abiding state.

“are recorded” = per/pass/ind – eggraphao = to be permanently inscribed, engraved, or written in heaven.

In the city of Sardis a person’s name was sometimes removed from the city register before death if he had been convicted of a crime.

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