Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 22, 2017
Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. Revelation 21:27
God keeps a record in the Lamb’s book of life of those who have trusted His son Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Salvation from hell to heaven begs the question, “Is my name written in the book of life?” “Am I on the good list?” Yes, if you believe Jesus died for your sins and rose from the grave to give you life in Him; you are known in heaven. There is a required transaction of faith in Jesus before you can enjoy sweet fellowship with Jesus. God’s good list offers eternal security.
Believers in Jesus do not receive a final judgment of separation from God. The option of exclusion from the Lord’s presence in eternity is removed when His presence is invited on earth. However, there is a judgment after death for Christians regarding how they behaved in this life. Did we store up treasures in heaven or did we waste our time with the trivial and trinkets of earth? Joyous will be followers of Jesus who bow before their Lord and hear from Him, “Well done.”
“Their work will be shown for what it is, because the [Judgment] Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work” (1 Corinthians 3:13).
By God’s grace we seek to be righteous in this brief life for this is the caliber of our eternal life. Assurance of being on the good list is not a ticket to live for the flesh, rather it is freedom and motivation to live for the spirit. Our corruptible flesh will perish, but our incorruptible spirit will live. An individual who chooses heaven over hell desires its quality of life. The Holy Spirit within yearns for holiness without. Love wins when our name is in His Book.
Rejoice, since your Savior never ever employs an eraser. He writes your name in stone on the pages of His book. Just as the government records your physical birthday, so heaven records your spiritual date of birth. It is well with your soul, since your salvation is sealed by the Holy Spirit. You are on the good list, so do good with God. Invite others to stand firm in Christ Jesus!
“He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come” (2 Corinthians 1:21-22).
PrayerHeavenly Father, thank you that through the blood of Your son Jesus, my name is forever written in the Lamb’s book of life.
ApplicationHave you truly trusted Jesus as your Savior? If not, pray this prayer from your heart; Heavenly Father, I believe Christ died on the cross for my sins and rose from the grave to give me life. By faith, I invite the Lord Jesus to come into my heart and save me, in His name, amen.
Related ReadingPsalm 69:28; Philippians 4:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:7; Hebrews 2:3
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