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Post  Admin on Tue 27 Apr 2010, 11:54 pm

*THE NAMES in the Book of Life *
*Part 4 of 4 *
*by Dee L. McCroskey *

*Seed of The Serpent *
*
In dealing with the status of unsaved human beings, we must recognize
that there are two kinds of them. There are the multitudes who have not
yet received Christ and are lost; they are the sons of Adam. And there
are a few here and there who are cursed of God in a special way, and
have become the seed of the Serpent, who is Satan. In Gen. 3:15 the seed
of the woman is mentioned, who is Christ, and also the seed of the
Serpent is mentioned. The seed of the Serpent, that is, wicked and
Satan-inspired humans, are referred to here as those who would bruise
our Lord's heel, a picture of the cross of Calvary. Cain was the first
of this line of humans who became Satan's seed, as we find in I John
3:12. The Pharisees were others, said in John 8:44 to be "of your father
the devil." These men were not born in that cursed position, but they
came into it the day they made their final decision and God removed
their names from His Book.

Let us take the case of Cain as a sample. In Genesis 4:5 he brings the
wrong offering and gets mad at God. In verses 6 and 7 the Lord
graciously pleads with him, offering him once more the way of eternal
life through the blood of a sin offering. A sin offering was there at
Cain's door and he had only to lay hold upon it. But at this point Cain
makes his fatal decision. He goes out from this scene of grace, murders
his brother and becomes a fugitive from God. God heard Cain's final
answer and blotted him out of the Book of Life. It was then that he
became the seed of the serpent.

We have known many in our days who came to the meetings for a while, but
never really surrendered to the Lord nor fully accepted Him. They hoped
to "grow into" salvation. Some hoped that it might come to them through
study of the Word. But this finally comes to an end and they go out from
the presence of the Lord like Cain, having made their final decision.

*
*Names Eternally Written *
*
How different with a sinner who comes to the Lord just as he is and
receives Him as the only hope, the only Saviour. Such a one gets his
name traced over, as it were, with the blood of the Lamb, never to be
erased from the Book of Life. The Lord says He knoweth His own sheep by
name, and they shall never perish. (John 10:3, 28.) They are forever
written in His Book of Life.

How amazingly wonderful is the perfection of God's Word from beginning
to end! In the first book of the Bible, man's history begins with the
tree of life. In the last book of the Bible, it is the book of life.
(Rev. 22:19.) In Gen. 3:24 man is driven from the garden, banished from
God's presence because of his rebellion, and a flaming sword turned
every way, "to keep the way of the tree of life." Until then, man had a
legal right to the tree of life by virtue of creation, But he forfeited
that creative right to the tree of life, and it was then that his wise
and loving God set about to purchase for him a legal right to the book
of life by virtue of redemption. "0 the depth of the riches both of the
wisdom and knowledge of God!"

Our Lord referred to this great work of redemption when He said: "My
Father worketh hitherto, and I work." (John 5:17.) The Father had worked
for four thousand years on His great plan of redemption. He had
carefully guided human affairs so as to lay down type after type of
Calvary's cross, clothing Adam and Eve with blood-bought skins,
displaying Abel's blood offering on the altar, Abraham and Isaac on the
mountain top, the blood on the door posts in Egypt, and hundreds of
other rehearsals of the cross-work of His Son. It was all worked out so
plainly on the stage of time that no one in any age need be ignorant of
His plan of redemption. All are without excuse. And the Son said He
worked also. He finished the work, paying for our sins with His own
blood, and shouted triumphantly: "It is finished." He had purchased for
every human the right to have a "part" in the book of life forever.

But He will not force His salvation upon anyone. His invitation is:
"Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely:" It is His
gracious offer and He bids every sinner to come and accept it.


Dear Abba, Father, I thank You for washing away my sin. I praise You for
bringing me close to You. I thank You that my name will never be blotted
out of the Book of Life. Help us to see Your love more clearly, that I
might respond in stronger love to You. Remind me to cry out to You
consistently and to pour out my heart honestly, all by the blood of
Christ, Amen.
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*THE NAMES in the Book of Life *
*Part 3 of 4 *
*by Dee L. McCroskey *
*
*When Are Names Blotted Out? *
*
>From the many blood offerings in the Old Testament we learn that God
dealt with humans on the basis of the price He was going to pay for
their redemption. The blood of His Son was sufficient to put the name of
every son of Adam in His Book of Life. He is said to be the Saviour of
ALL men, but "especially of those that believe." (I Tim. 4:10.) That is,
those who appropriate His redemption. That everyone has his name written
in the Book to begin with, is the real reason that children who die in
infancy, and imbeciles from birth, all go to heaven. But all normal,
rational humans come to an age known as the age of accountability. They
must then declare themselves, whether they will be a citizen of heaven
or of the world, a subject of Christ by receiving Him, or a subject of
fallen Adam, in whom all perish.
When does the unsaved man get his name blotted out? The answer to this
question lies in what we might term "the final answer." Some men harden
their hearts and give God a positive "No" early in life. Others linger
in a state of indecision, keeping the door of negotiations open, until
either they accept Him or they put it off and death finally closes the
door and blots out their names. Most of us have seen people who were
under conviction for a while, and then a cloud seemed to pass over their
souls, and they became hard and unreachable. God had heard their final
answer and blotted out their names, we believe. (John 12:39.) God had
heard Amalek's final answer, also that of Esau and Pharaoh. They were
blotted out of the Book of Life.
There are two scriptures which at first glance would appear to say that
some have never had their names in the Book of Life since the foundation
of the world. They are Rev. 13:8 and 17:8. The first one speaks of the
worshipers of the beast in the Tribulation time, "whose names are not
written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb
slain." (Margin.) The other one speaks of these same beast worshipers,
"whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of
the world." There is a strong suggestion here that the Holy Spirit is
trying to show us the origin of the Book of Life, that it was begun with
the foundation of the world, or when the present creation was introduced
upon this earth. In 13:8 it is the foundation of the kosmos, or present
world-system, and not the earth proper. It was then that men's names
began to be recorded, and it was then that man fell and God began to
look upon His Son as if He were already slain for man's sins. This was
the only basis upon which He could offer pardon, through the symbolic
blood offerings.
But no matter how we take the term "foundation of the world," it does
not actually say that these worshipers of the beast never at any time
had their names in the Book of life. These scriptures do tell us,
however, that their names are not to be found in the Book at the time
they worship and wonder after the beast. These people will all have made
their final choice by then. They will have rejected God's way and will
have received the mark of the beast. Nowhere in the Book of Life, from
the foundation of the world system on down, can their names be found.
*THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK*
*The God who commanded light to shine out of darkness.... has shown in
our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the
face of Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 4:6
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THE NAMES in the Book of Life *
*Part 2 of 4 *
*by Dee L. McCroskey *

* *
*Names Not Blotted Out *
*
God refused to blot out Moses from the Book. The Tribulation saints
shall be delivered, "everyone that shall be found written in the book."
(Dan. 12:1.) The disciples were written in heaven. (Luke 10 :20.)
Present-age saints, members of His body, all have their names in the
Book. (Phil. 4:3 and Heb. 12: 23.) And in Rev. 3:5 God says He will not
blot out their names.

These scriptures, together with the statement in Rev. 20:15, that
"whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the
lake of fire," show that the saved of all ages have their names written
permanently in the Book of Life. There is not the slightest intimation
anywhere that any truly saved person ever had his name blotted out.

*
*When Are The Names Written? *
*
All this raises a perplexing question, if we cling to the traditional
teaching that our names were added the moment we were saved. In that
case, how did wicked Amalek get his name in the Book? And how did the
crucifyers of the Lord, "the wicked," and other unsaved men get their
names written in? Their names were blotted out, and the fact is
inescapable that they must first have been in the Book in order to be
blotted out.

There appears to be only one reasonable answer, and we are of the
earnest belief that it is the right one: that every human being has his
name written in the Book of Life when he comes into the world! This is
so completely revolutionary to our traditional thinking that it startles
us at first. But as we examine the matter farther, we will see that this
only magnifies the great work done by our Lord on the cross of Calvary.
It involves two essential laws with both God and man, the law of legal
right and the law of appropriation. To have his name in the Book of Life
is the legal right of every human, a right that was purchased for him by
the precious blood of Christ, and a right which is in no way dependent
upon the human himself. But as to the appropriation of that blood-bought
right---that is
another thing. It is this appropriation that spells heaven or hell to
the sinner.

It is right here that the Universalists make their most terrible error,
in not recognizing the difference between the scope, or legal right, of
Christ's redemptive work, and its application Strangely enough,
"scope" is a favorite word in their literature, but they seem to miss
the scriptures dealing with its conditional application. In its scope,
the redemptive work of Christ does take in the whole fallen creation.
This is seen in such scriptures as First John 2:2, "for the sins of the
whole world," and John 3:17, "that the world through Him might be
saved." Yes, He died for ALL. And so the Universalist jumps to the
conclusion that ALL will be saved in the end, even the devil himself.
Such a heaven, with saint and sinner, murderer and his victim, Hitler
and Luther, Satan and Christ, all there together, is repulsive and
unthinkable to both justice and reason.

It takes only one scripture to put all Universalism, Reconciliationism,
Annihilationism etc., to flight. That is John 3:36, about the rejector
of Christ. "The wrath of God abideth on him!" We know from other
scriptures that although Christ died for the sins of the whole world,
most of the world is not saved, and will not be. It is because they
refuse to appropriate the privilege that is legally open to them before
God, and their names must be stricken from His Book.

For a simple illustration of the law of legal right, we have only to
glance at the first paragraph of the American Declaration of
Independence. Here we find three wonderful things: Life, Liberty, and
the Pursuit of Happiness. They are legal rights, guaranteed to every
citizen of the United States. But has every American possessed these
wonderful things? No, thousands have had to forfeit their lives because
of violence. Other thousands have had their liberty taken away, and
millions have failed to pursue happiness. They failed to appropriate the
legal right to life, liberty, and happiness. So it is with the
redemption work of Christ. Those who appropriate their legal right to
eternal life through Him are saved, and those who despise this legal
right are eternally lost.

We realize in writing this, that the legal right to salvation, all
purchased and paid for as it is by the blood of our blessed Saviour, and
just waiting for applicants to come up and claim it, is a hard blow to
professional emotionalists. It is a blow to those who teach that you
must "pray through" to get saved, must agonize, tarry and all the other
forms of pleading to God to get Him to relinquish His gift of eternal
life to the sinner. An applicant for naturalization gets a notice that
he has qualified to become a citizen of the United States. He goes to
the proper office, takes the oath and signs the papers--and he is a
citizen. There is no reason for pleading with Uncle Sam, for sentiment
is ruled out. Either the applicant qualifies or he doesn't, and no
amount of tears or pleading will change things. And a holy and just God
could not base His dealings on so discriminating a thing as sentiment.



*This is the kind of relationship God wants with you! *
*The notion that God recreated you in Christ to get*
* more work out of you is such a low view of our Father.*
* God wants you to adopt Paul's life verse:*
* "that I may know Him [Christ]" (Philippians 3:10).*
* As you pursue that goal, spiritual fruit will begin*
* to drop off of you to the glory of Christ.*
* Men asked Jesus,*
* "What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?" *
*Jesus answered, *
*"This is the work of God,*
* that you believe in Him whom He has sent" (John 6:28,29). *
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*THE NAMES in the Book of Life *
*Part 1 of 4 *
*by Dee L. McCroskey *
* *
*
When Were They Written? Can They Be Blotted Out?
"And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth,
neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which
are written in the Lamb's book of life." (Rev. 21:27.)
THERE are two indisputable facts about the Lamb's Book of Life, which
all believers know and understand: (1) that every saved person has his
name written in the Book, and (2) that whosoever is not found written in
the Book is to be cast into the lake of fire. (Rev. 20:15.) But beyond
these two cardinal facts we find ourselves confronted with questions
which often affect our joy, and sometimes even threaten to undermine our
assurance of everlasting security in Christ.
The traditional teaching among informed believers has been that our
names were written in the Book when we got saved, and that they can
never be blotted out again. But there are at least two scriptures which
plainly show that some names can be blotted out of the Book, and several
others which show it by implication. We have often failed to find a
satisfying explanation of such scriptures, until a few years ago when we
began to see that there is a great deal more to this wonderful Book of
Life than we ever suspected.
Names Blotted Out
The two scriptures referred to are Exodus 32:32-33 and Psalm 69:28. In
the first one, Moses asked the Lord to either forgive Israel or blot him
out of the Book. Moses and the Apostle Paul are two men who so loved the
people of Israel that they were both willing to be eternally cursed if
it would save Israel. (Rom. 9:3.) But no mere human, no matter how godly
he might be, is able to make his soul an offering for the sins of
another. And so the Lord replied to Moses: "Whosoever hath sinned
against me, him will I blot out of my Book." In the other scripture, the
69th Psalm, the inspired writer is describing the sufferings to be
inflicted upon the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. Referring to His
persecutors, the 28th verse says: "Let them be blotted out of the book
of the living, and not be written with the righteous."
In Rev. 3:5, the Lord says about the overcoming believer: "I will not
blot out his name out of the book of life." The implication here is that
some names can be blotted out.
Already we are beginning to see the possibility of names being blotted
out. This information is further augmented when we come to some
scriptures where the same truth is meant, although the exact words
"blotted out of the book" are not given, For instance, in Deut. 9:14,
the Lord is angry with Israel and says: "Let me alone, that I may
destroy them and blot out their name from under heaven." This same
blotting out is suggested in Ex. 17:14, where God says: "I will utterly
put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven." Also see Deut.
25:19. Concerning the breaker of God's covenant in Deut. 29:20, "the
Lord shall blot out his name from under heaven." Also we find the wicked
spoken of in Psalm 9:5, and it says, "thou hast put out their name for
ever and ever."
Now let us notice the kind of people who get their names blotted out of
the Book, or "out from under heaven." The list takes in those who have
sinned against the Lord, those who persecuted Him and crucified Him,
wicked Amalek and others called "the wicked," and if we turn to the last
few verses in the last book of the Bible, we could add to the list the
mutilators of the Word of God. Also there are the worshipers of the
Beast in Rev. 13:8 and 17:8, whose names are not found in the Book. It
becomes plain that these are all unsaved folks, whose names are either
stricken out or at least not to be found in the Book when their final
day comes.

2 of 4 on Rev 21:8—Revelation 21:8—But as for the cowardly
(deilos), the faithless, the polluted, the murderers, the fornicators,
the sorcerers, the idolaters, and all liars, their place will be in the
lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.

Reflection: This word for cowardly (sometimes timid) is a rare word in
the New Testament (deilos).It is not a synonym for humble, awe-struck or
God-fearing (things that result from knowing God). Rather it describes
one lacking faith. Notice Matt 8:26—"And he said to them, `Why
are you afraid (deilos), you of little faith?'" (cf. Mk 4:40) The
disciples experienced cowardly fear because they did not trust. Jesus
told them (Jn 14:27), "Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not
let them be afraid (deilos)."

Most people would label murder and idolatry as evil. What about the
fellow who does not murder, lie or worship a false god—but simply
fails to trust God?—is he also evil? Are you surprised that the
faithless and cowardly go together at the front of this list of sinners?
These terms and the next one all speak of the same person. The word
translated pollution means a detestable abomination. This strong
language describes the one who is cowardly because he does not trust
God. He is an abomination—he's as evil as the murderer and
idolater. Hold on—do you think we've underestimated the
seriousness of faith? Faith is trust—the absolute starting point for
relationship with God. Rejecting faith we become cowards—and
that's an abomination.

Prayer Starter: Father, deliver us from faithlessness. Help us examine
our own reactions to detect cowardliness—the fear that is an
abomination to you. Amen.

3 of 4 on Rev 21:8—Revelation 21:8—But as for the cowardly, the
faithless, the polluted, the murderers, the fornicators, the sorcerers,
the idolaters, and all liars, their place will be in the lake that burns
with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.

Reflection: Are you afraid of dying? Relax—no one has failed
yet—you will accomplish death without trying. But is there something
worse than dying? The Christian is sure of it. Physical death is a mere
inconvenience for the Christian—a point of transition from the
physical world into a whole other dimension of reality. Acceptance of
Jesus as the Incarnate God makes of the Christian one who has nothing to
fear—though the person without God may dread his own death with
justification.

Death on this earth means separation—from job, family, and friends.
An extension of this thought gave rise to the term "second
death"—but this refers to a more serious separation—from God,
peace, eternal life, and the glory that God will share with his people.
The fellow who through faith in Jesus the Christ participates in
Jesus' death and resurrection receives eternal life and will not be
much disturbed by mere cessation of biological functions when he dies.
But for the one who has no hope beyond the physical and temporary, the
separation from God and eternal life will be far more serious—more
permanent, avoidable and thus more tragic.

Prayer Starter: Father, lead us through the valley of the shadow of
death—with patience, courage and comfort—for we trust that in
your hands we have nothing to fear. Amen.

4 of 4 on Rev 21:8—Revelation 21:8—But as for the cowardly, the
faithless, the polluted, the murderers, the fornicators, the sorcerers,
the idolaters, and all liars, their place will be in the lake that burns
with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.

Reflection: Hell is one of the picture albums of scripture—used for
communicating to us the seriousness and consequences of sin. Is Hell
literal? If you mean "Is Hell real?" I would say you can be
confident of it. But if you mean "Is there a physical lake of fire
burning with sulfur?" —I would point out that descriptions of
Hell are metaphoric. That is, we must be satisfied with descriptions of
unknowable supernatural things using objects we experience and
understand on earth. Burning is terrible—painful, destructive,
deadly—and that is one of the most powerful metaphors imaginable for
what sin does to those who reject God. Hell may not involve the literal
oxidation process we observe when we burn a stick of wood—but the
metaphor is not exaggerating the real situation—you can bank on hell
not being less but more than anything our language can communicate.

The metaphors for Hell are many: outer darkness in unbearable cold;
weeping and gnashing teeth; a lake of fire; an unstoppable and burning
garbage pit; exclusion from the warmth of a banquet; the burning of
stalks and chaff after the harvest; gathering and burning the cuttings
off a vine; fish flopping and dying on the beach. None of these capture
the whole picture, but they go a long way to describe the condition of
those who have successfully separated themselves from the love of God.

Prayer Starter: Father, our minds are repulsed with the black ideas that
Hell conjures up and we are gratefully for the rescue you have performed
for those who believe in your Son. Amen.
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