[b]IS YOUR NAME WRITTEN IN HEAVEN?[/b
And the Lord said to Moses, whosoever has sinned against Me, him will I blot out of my book (Exodus 32:33, emphasis added).
Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject to you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven (Luke 10:20, emphasis added).
But you are come to mount Zion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven….See that you refuse Him not that speaks (Hebrews 12: 22-23a, 25a, emphasis added).
He that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels (Revelation 3:5).
God has a lot of books in heaven. One of the books is called the book of life in which are written the names of all that are washed in the blood of the Lamb (Jesus Christ) and are therefore saved.
In the first passage above, God said to Moses: “whosoever has sinned against Me, him will I blot out of my book”. This means a sinner’s name cannot be found in the book of life, but in another book, the book of death and hell. What this tells us is that a lot of people that have died are either in heaven or hell. Understand, O reader, that people only go to heaven if their name is in the book of life. Conversely, people go to hell because they are sinners whose names are not in the book of life, but in the book of death and hell. This statement is true and worthy of all acceptation.
In the second passage above, Jesus told his disciples to rejoice because their names are written in heaven. And in the third passage we are told of the church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven. The word church in the Bible is derived from a Greek word “Ecclesia” which means “Called out ones”. Called out of what? Called out of the world of sinners. How do you get called out of the world of sinners? You get called out of the world of sinners when you hear and hearken to the gospel of the kingdom of God. When you believe and receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you become saved and He, Jesus, writes your name in the book of life. Jesus Himself said in the fourth passage above to him that overcomes: “the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels”. What are we to overcome and be clothed with white raiment and have our names written in the book of life? We must overcome sin, satan, and the world. No man can achieve this by the arm of flesh. Jesus Christ has achieved this feat for all men when He became our substitute on the cross of Calvary. He that knew no sin became a sin offering for us all. He was that Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the whole world (John 1:29). For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). God has done His own part in giving Jesus for the whole world. We have to do our own part in believing in Jesus who died and rose from the dead. If you believe in Jesus and confess Him as your Lord and Savior, you will not perish but your name will be automatically written in the book of life. Those who don’t believe are condemned already (John 3:18b), and have their names out of the book of life. The greatest achievement of a man in this world is to ensure his name is written in the book of life before he dies. If anyone dies as a sinner he (or she) goes to hell because his (or her) name is not written in heaven. Is your name written in the book of life? If your answer is no or you are not sure, pray this prayer out loud: Lord Jesus, come into my heart, wash away my sins. I confess you as my Lord and Savior. Write my name in the book of life in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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