Saturday, February 24, 2007
Can Your Name Be Blotted Out?
“He that overcometh, 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
Can you be lost after you have been saved? Can your name be blotted out of the book of life? Yes.
Jesus spoke to the church in Sardis that to those who “overcometh”, their names would not be blotted out of the book of life.
First of all, what is the book of life? It is a book that is in heaven where all the names of the redeemed, or those who have been saved from sin by Jesus Christ. Revelation 12 through 15 reads the following: “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” From that, it is very apparent that your name will have to be written in the book of life in order to make it into heaven.
If the name is in there, it can also be blotted out, which simply means no longer there. Revelation 3:5 which is given above signifies this can happen. Moses knew it was possible when he prayed the following in Exodus 32:31 and 32, “Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin—; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.” God’s answer was the following in verse 33: “33 And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.” So now we know that Moses, God, Christ, and the Apostle John who wrote the book of Revelation knew that names could be removed, or blotted out of the book of life. From these scriptures, we learn that when a name is blotted out of the book of life, a soul is damned and headed for hell unless there is repentance. This is not popular doctrine but is correct and biblical. Yet millions of people are taught that all they have to do is pray a simple prayer, get baptized and they’re in for life no matter what. I’m sorry but that’s a lie from hell!
Let’s look at John 10:27-28. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” No man can pluck Christ’s sheep out of his hand. That’s right, no one can cause you to lose your soul. However, there is also a condition and it’s found in verse 27 and that is that they hear his voice and they follow him.
Lets look at another popular scripture. “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 This is true, none of these things listed here can separate us from God’s love. Isn’t that wonderful! But we also have to point out that it doesn’t say sin or transgression anywhere.
Just because you or I can’t give a perfect intellectual answer when someone is cut off from God’s presence doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen, because it does. In Romans 11:22 Paul says the following, “Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.” Do you see the word “if” that I underlined. The verses speak for themselves.
Here’s another one. “¶ I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” Here, in John 15:1-2, Jesus is plainly saying that every branch in him that doesn’t bear fruit will be cut off. Notice that these branches are a part of Him but can be cut off. He gets more plain in verse 6. “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” In included verse 5 so that this couldn’t be taken out of context. He’s talking, all throughout this entire passage, to his disciples and then to his church.
There are many other scriptures that can be brought out but I try not to make these blogs too long. Please don’t feel that I’m trying to make anyone angry but I am burdened and distressed when I talk to people who feel they are saved but are not living according to God’s Word. Many have no real knowledge of the Scriptures and are not taught much either. We want to se souls saved and not lost to the devil through his lies.