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The Book of Life

The Book of Life

Revelation 20:11-15

I. Basis of Judgment
A. 12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.
1. Dead were judged from things in the books
2. Da 7:10 “A river of fire was flowing And coming out from before Him; Thousands upon thousands were attending Him, And myriads upon myriads were standing before Him; The court sat, And the books were opened.
B. V. 12-13 according to their deeds
1. 12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds.
2. Your deeds are recorded
3. Mt 16:27 “For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to his deeds.
4. Mt 12:36 But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.
5. Even your careless, hurtful words are recorded
6. 1 Co 4:5 wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts;
7. Even your unspoken motives will be revealed

II. List of the Righteous/Forgiven
A. V. 15 anyone’s name not found in the book of life
1. Re 21:27 and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
2. Mal 3:16 Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who esteem His name.
B. Dividing line between salvation and condemnation
1. 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.”
2. Heb 12:23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,
C. To be left out is to be lost
1. Re 13:8 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.
2. Re 17:8 “And those who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come.

III. Loss of Salvation
A. Ps 69:28 May they be blotted out of the book of life And may they not be recorded with the righteous.
B. Ex 32:32-33 “But now, if You will, forgive their sin-and if not, please blot me out from Your book which You have written!” 33The Lord said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book.
C. Re 3:5 ‘He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; 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.

Revelation 20:11-15
11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them.
12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds.
14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.
15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.