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The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 3:13: “To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.”
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The major difference between the two books we’ve discussed is that the Book of Life seems to contain the names of all living people, whereas the Lamb’s Book of Life includes only the names of those who call upon the Lamb for salvation. A second difference is that the Book of Life is referred to as God the Father’s book in Exodus 32:33; it records all those whom God the Creator has made. It is, then, the book of the living, much like the records book at the local county government office. On the other hand, the Lamb’s Book of Life is referred to as God the Son’s book. We may conclude, then, that this book contains the names of all those who have received the new life that the Son provides.
The third and most important difference between these books is that a person may have his name blotted out of the Book of Life, but not out of the Lamb’s Book of Life. In Exodus 32:33, the Lord said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book.” It is possible, therefore, to have one’s name erased from the Book of Life because of sin.
The Lamb’s Book of Life is different, however. Revelation 3:5 promises, “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life.” An overcomer is a believer who is clothed in the white garments of Christ; the Creator has imputed to him divine righteousness, and his name cannot be blotted out of the Lamb’s Book of Life.
Primarily because a person’s name can be blotted out of the Book of Life, I am convinced that the Book of Life and the Lamb’s Book of Life are not the same book. As we have seen, the Lamb’s book contains the names of all those who have been born again through the shed blood of the Lamb, which is the guarantee that we have eternal life. Therefore we can be sure that these are two distinctly separate books. The Book of Life is that book in which the names of all people ever born into the world are written. If, at the time of a person’s death, he has not called upon the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, his name is blotted out of the Book of Life. If he has accepted Christ and His forgiveness of sins, his name is indelibly recorded in the Lamb’s Book of Life, and entrance into the Holy City is guaranteed.
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