Revelation 20:15 - And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
I didn't purchase a copy of my high school yearbook... on purpose. I was the one beside
whose horrible picture were absolutely no words. No clubs, no meritorious achievements,
no awards, nothing. I would have been called the "student most likely to have not been
recognized in the hallways." I just wanted to survive, walk out with a diploma and move
on with life.
Alistair Begg (Truthforlife.org.) mentions a yearbook metaphor when discussing
Revelation that I would respectfully like to build upon.
If we imagine God's yearbook for a moment, and scripture assures us that there are
actually multiple books from which can be seen everything about our earthly lives, we
would discover that all of us, all of God's creatures, are in that book once. This is
because we are spiritually descended from Adam and Eve with the accompanying sinful
nature, baggage that many of us never manage to have removed from our backs through
the grace of God. All that would accurately be included besides that name, and possibly a
picture, would be 'member of the human race, created by God, destined to die a
physical death by the curse of the original sin.
Now the key is getting our names in that yearbook a second time. Regardless of where
you stand on the concepts of election, free will, etc., there will be a moment in our lives
when we have the choice to accept Jesus Christ as our savior, Lord and King. Statistics
would seem to show that the majority of those found the first time in the yearbook will
reject the call to salvation, re-birth, justification and life offered as a free gift by a God
who is determined to build His church with believers destined to enter eternity in
his presence. In many ways, it is so very difficult to imagine someone turning his back,
closing his ears, hardening his heart and just saying, "NO!"
The "YES Lord Jesus" answer provides a second entry. Beside the entry would be
written,'Child of God, saved by grace, cleansed of sin, reborn into life, blessed
beyond imagination.' I would guess that the picture beside this entry would even
look a bit different. No personal meritorious achievements or awards would be listed
because only the Love of God could bring about this second entry. It's the Book of
Life, the Lamb's Book of Life. You need to be in there. I pray that you are in there!
Praise our God!