Staying Alive in the Book of Life

golden calfIn  the first mention of the Book of Life in the Bible,
Moses asked God, if you won’t forgive Israel
for making the golden calf,
then “blot me out of Your book
which you have written” (Ex. 31:32).

Is he daft?!  Why did Moses make such a consequential offer—to give up his eternal life?

Yes, he loved his people that much!  Paul expressed the same incredible love in Rom. 9:3:  “For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren.”

But Moses said what he said in response to what God said to him.  “Let Me alone, that I may destroy them and blot out their name from under heaven” (Deut. 9:14).  Did God only mean physical destruction and they would have their opportunity for salvation in the Great White Judge Judgment?  Moses saw how furious God was and must have thought the worst!

Moses knew about the Book of Life. And he saw that God was “provoked” (verse 7) and “angry enough with you to have destroyed you” (verse 8).   No wonder Moses graciously intervened with a second fast of 40 days and nights.  A simple “They’re sorry and won’t do it again” wouldn’t cut it!

Good thing for Israel that their leader was Moses!  Good thing for Moses that God (the One who became Jesus Christ) rejected Moses’ replacement offer:  “Whoever has sinned against me, I will blot him out of my book” (Ex. 32:33).  Yes, it’s

the “Lamb’s Book of Life” (Rev. 21:27)

We mankind should be eternally thankful that our Judge is the Son of Man (John 5:22) who came down and lived 3-1/2 years on the earth and was tempted in all points as we are (Heb. 4:15).

Well-meaning but false teachers wrongly claim “once saved, always saved.”  They try to explain away the warning about sinning willfully in Heb. 10:26-29.  They ignore  Paul’s statement about making sure he wouldn’t be disqualified (1 Cor. 9:27).  They pardon Jesus for talking about unpardonable sin (Matt. 12:31-32).  They add  or take away words  from the Bible, or simply reject and disobey the ones there,  which means “God shall take away his part from the Book of Life” (Rev. 22:19).

David also knew about the Book of Life.  After his terrible sins regarding Bathsheba and Uriah the Hittite, and the courageous life-saving rebuke by God’s prophet Nathan, David humbly pleaded, “Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me” (Psa. 51:11).

In Psa. 69:28 regarding people who “add iniquity to their iniquity,” David asked God, “And let them not come into Your righteousness.  Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and  not be written with the righteous.”

Jesus is the One who writes our names into the Book of Life when we receive the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:9) and He will be the One who erases or blots out somebody.  It is so encouraging that Jesus said nobody can pluck us out of His hand” (John 10:28).

When satan asked for Peter, to sift him as wheat, Jesus prayed for him that his strength would not fail! (Luke 22:31).  Satan was only allowed to trouble Job as  much as God (Jesus back then) permitted.  Jesus has our back—and the rest of us!

If Jesus is forced to remove our name from His Book of Life, it will be because we neglected so great a salvation (Heb. 2:3), let another take our crown because we  don’t hold fast what we have (Rev. 3:11), or buried our talent as an unprofitable servant through laziness and fear (Matt. 25:14-31).  It will be our fault!

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Sunday, June 4, we celebrate God’s Holy Day called Pentecost

  God and the Word’s plan before the foundation of the world was to start the New Testament Church of God through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Pentecost is also called the Feast of Firstfruits because it pictures calling and harvesting firstfruits who will help Jesus Christ reap the big harvest during the Millennium and  Great White Throne Judgment on earth.  The firstfruits will become kings, judges, teachers and priests.

It’s interesting in Nehemiah that priests who returned from Babylon wanting to serve in Jerusalem, unless “registered by genealogy … were excluded from the priesthood as defiled” (Neh. 7:64).  What a striking parallel!  We would-be priests coming out of modern Babylon better be found in the Book of Life!

powerPaul says to each of us:  “This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.  For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline” (2 Tim. 1:6-7, New Living Translation).

We must “be even more diligent to make your call and election sure” (2 Pet. 1:10).  We must “follow the Lamb wherever He goes” (Rev. 1:14).

VW accordWe must be like the disciples gathered at Pentecost in Acts 2:1.  Topping modern attempts to see how many bodies they could stuff into a VW, the 120 were “all in one Accord!”  Hope that wasn’t the unpardonable sin in your book!  Today Church of God leaders are ramping up brethren to live in harmony with what the Father and Son are doing, in unity through the Holy Spirit.

bride of ChristWe must “overcome” so we can “be clothed in white garments.”  Engage to become the Bride of Jesus Christ and be registered in the wedding book as the Bride, not a guest!  With God’s help we must overcome now because there is no greater power  than the Holy Spirit so we have everything we need now.  Then the Lamb and husband will say “I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life” (Rev. 3:5).

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