"...I will not blot his name out of the book of life..." (Revelation 3:5)

Does the Lord's statement (above) imply that it is possible to be blotted out of the Lamb's Book of Life, thus losing one's salvation? There are many passages which seem to suggest that names can be blotted out of God's book.
For example: Ex 32:33; Psa 69:25-28; Deu 9:14; 25:19; 29:20; Rev 3:5

However, if the book in question is "the Lamb's Book of Life" in which are written those who are joined to Him through the new birth, by faith in His one sufficient sacrifice (the blood of the Lamb)... the possibility of being "blotted out" would stand in contradiction to the impossibility of being plucked from the hand of the Good Shepherd who gave His life for the sheep. Joh 10:27-30; cp. Joh 6:37; 17:11; Heb 13:20,21; Jude 24

Many suggestions have been offered to reconcile this apparent conflict between the various passages. However, the confusion disappears when we realize that these passages are not all speaking about the same book.

In the prophetic foreview of the Great White Throne judgment (Rev 20:11-15), "the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life..." The book of life is evidently identical to the Lamb's book of life (Rev 13:8). But what are the other books? We are not given their titles, nor are we told how many books are opened. But some are mentioned elsewhere in Scripture in reference to judgment.

The following passages have been grouped according to the book or books, to which they seem to allude...

The Book of life - the rolls of those who have received natural life...

The Books of Remembrance - These are an individual's works (good and bad), heart attitudes and all other factors which will be taken into consideration at the final judgment. (These passages provide only a sampling of what the Lord knows about each person.)...

The Book of Life (the Lamb's Book of Life), the rolls of the redeemed who have eternal spiritual life.

Someone might ask: What about a child who has not reached the age of accountability? Is his or her name included in the Book of Life, on the basis of a parent's faith? If so, can it blotted out if that child turns away from the faith in later years? (Understanding that an infant is sanctified through identification with a believing parent, many christian parents who have lost a child in infancy have been comforted by the thought that someday they will be reunited with their child in Heaven. See 1Cor 7:14; 2Sam 12:22,23)

The short answer is "the Lord knoweth them that are His" (2Tim 2:19). He knew from eternity past that child (of believing parents) who would die in infancy, and included him/her with them. Likewise, He knew from eternity past that child who would reject a godly heritage, and the salvation freely offered in Christ, and sorrowfully, never included his/her name in the Lamb's Book of Life.

In summary, the Lamb's Book of Life is the eternally unchangeable registry of those individuals who are identified with Jesus Christ through faith in His person and work, by which He has secured for them eternal life and security (Joh 10:28). The names of the redeemed can never be blotted out. The names of those who never receive the salvation, which Christ freely offers, have never been included.



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