Daily Bible Studies & Sermon Notes


The Book of Life
Pastor Steve Schell
Exodus 32:30-35
As Moses interceded for his rebellious nation he made a remarkable statement. He told the Lord that if He would not forgive Israel for its sin of worshipping the golden calf, he wanted his own name removed from God‘s book. His words surprise us and make us want to ask “What book?”, because up until now the Bible has not mentioned such a book. But Moses had a level of relationship with God which involved deeper levels of communication than anyone else in the Old Testament. So there were things in the spiritual world he knew and saw for the first time. In this case he confidently mentioned a book in which God recorded the names of those who belonged to Him.
As we’ll discover in our study today there were other prophets who came after him in the Old and New Testaments who acknowledged the existence of this book. As we survey their words an amazing picture emerges. There is indeed a book called the ”Book of Life“ and whether or not our names are written there makes all the difference in the world. First we‘ll examine more closely the nature of this book and then we‘ll review the necessary steps to insure that our names are also recorded there.

1.God keeps a record of those who belong to Him.
- Ex 32:30-35
- There is a heavenly census just as there is an
earthly census (30:11, 12)
- Is 4:3
Those who live in Jerusalem when the Messiah returns
will be “everyone who is recorded for life in
Jerusalem.”
- Dn 7:10
Daniel saw heaven‘s courtroom during the antichrist‘s
kingdom and he said, “The court sat and the books
were opened.”
- Dn 12:1,2 Again referring to the tribulation he
said, “everyone who is found written in the book will
be rescued. Many of those who sleep in the dust of
the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but
the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.”
- Mal 3:16 “and a book of remembrance was written
before Him for those who fear the Lord and who esteem
His name.”
- Lk 10:20 “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that
the spirits are subject to you but rejoice that your
names are recorded in heaven.”
- Php 4:3 Paul refers to those who shared his struggle
for the cause of the gospel. “and the rest of my
fellow workers whose names are in the book of life.”
- He 12:22,23 “But you have come to Mt. Zion and to the
city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and
to myriads of angels, to the general assembly and
church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven”
- Rv 21:27 Those who enter the new Jerusalem are, “ only those whose names are written in the Lamb‘s book of life.”

2.It‘s possible to have one‘s name removed from this list.
- Ex 32:30-35
- Ps 69:28 David prays against his enemies. “May they
be blotted out of the book of life and may they not
be recorded with the righteous.”
- Ezk 13:9 (false prophets)“They will have no place in
the council of my people, nor will they be written
down in the register of the house of Israel”
- Rv 3:5(overcomers)“and I will not erase his name
from the book of life, and I will confess his name
before My father and before His angels.”

3.Those whose names are not written in the book of life have their deeds recorded in other books.
- Rv 13:8(Those deceived by the antichrist) “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.”
- Rv 17:8 “those whose name has not been written in
the book of life from the foundation of the world,
will wonder when they see the beast“
- Rv 20:11-15

4.Those “in Christ” have had the record of their deeds removed.
- Col 2:11,12
- Eph 2:11-13,19
- Col 2:13,14 “When you were dead in your
transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh,
He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven
us all our transgressions, having cancelled out the
certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us,
which was hostile to us, and He has taken it out of
the way, having nailed it to the cross.”

5.What must I do to have my name written in the Book of Life?
A.Three things must be present for a person to be
born-again:
1)A presentation of the demands of Christ
- There are specific issues a person must engage
to be born-again.
2)The conviction of the Holy Spirit
- The Spirit must reveal how each truth applies to
me.
3)The decision to submit and believe what the
Spirit is saying to me
B.Here are four demands of Christ to which I must
respond:
1)Repentance: I believe what God says about me
(Ro 3:23)
2)Faith: I believe what God says about His Son,
Jesus. (Jn 3:16)
3)Full surrender: I choose to surrender all and
follow Him as His disciple. (Lk 9:23)
4)Confession: I choose to not be ashamed of Jesus,
but to acknowledge Him publicly in word and deed.
(Lk 12:8,9; Ro 10:9)
6.What must I do to prevent having my name removed from the Book of Life?
- Ex 32:33 “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot
him out of My book.”
- Keep repenting
- Keep believing
- Keep surrendering
- Keep confessing
until we see Jesus face to face
Col. 2:6 “..as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.”
- a willful commitment to endure always relying on the
Holy Spirit‘s power.

MiniChurch Questions:
1.Reread Colossians 2:14. First have someone explain in their own words what this verse means.
2.Then have several people finish this statement,“If we really believed this verse we would” (How does this verse change the way we think and behave?)
 


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