You’ve done it. You’ve felt the love of Jesus in your life and invited Him into your heart, you are a born again christian! Rounds of hugs and congratulations go around from your brothers and sisters in Christ who were there to witness your baptism, then what?
You go on living and striving to be like Jesus. Sometimes you make it, other times you fail. No doubt at the times when you do fail, thoughts will come creeping in your mind: Now that I’ve choked, will God still forgive me? Or is my name already been blotted out from God’s book of life?
Continue reading to find out this amazing revelation that most never think about below:
Does that mean God erases some people?
The conquering that keeps you from being erased is guaranteed by being in the book. That is the point of Revelation 13:8 and 17:8. Being in the book keeps you from doing what would get you erased from the book if you did it.
Let me say that again. Being in the book, having your name in the book, keeps you from doing — like worshiping the beast — keeps you from doing what would get you erased from the book if you did it. And that is not a contradiction any more than the way Paul is a contradiction when he says: “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12–13).
It is not nonsense to state the condition: if you conquer, God will not erase your name, and then to state the assurance, if your name is in the book, you will conquer. That is not a contradiction. God’s written down ones really must conquer, really will conquer. They must and they will. One side highlights responsibility, you must. And one side highlights God’s sovereignty, you will.
So the message for us is this: Never, never, never be cavalier or trifling about your perseverance. God uses real warnings to keep us vigilant and to keep us persevering. We are safe. But we are not careless. That is the point. Press on to make salvation your own, as Paul says, because Christ has made you his own (Philippians 3:12).
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