Are you a ‘reader’? That is, do you read books? Whether you are a reader or not, there are three books you should be aware of. You should also know that those three books are without error —
- The Bible
- God’s Handiwork
- The Book of Life
Many times I have heard people say, “I wish God would speak to me,” The first two books in my little list above do just that. The third book is a bit different. Let’s take a little closer look at those books.
God’s Word (The Bible) —
The guys who put God’s Word into print did not simply jot it down after taking dictation one day. God began preparing them for their writing from the moment of their conception. The physical writing may have been done in a few weeks, but preparation was a lifetime.
Of course there are things like spelling, copying and translation mistakes, but none of those things alter the message contained in that book. The message is God’s message and it is written completely without error.
See 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:16-21, 1 Corinthians 2:13, Hebrews 6:18
God’s Work (The physical world) —
Psalm nineteen opens with, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.” This is one of the clearest biblical statements that nature itself is meant to show the greatness of God. These words are in the present tense. That is, the heavens “are declaring,” and the sky “is proclaiming” the creative work of God. It’s a continual display. What we see in nature is meant to constantly show us that God exists and how amazing a Creator He is.
Because “the heavens declare the glory of God,” we can be confident that the more we know about the world around us, the more glory we give to God. The more we discover, the more evidence we have that He is the One responsible for nature and its laws. We need only to look honestly at the world around in order to realize that God exists.
God’s handiwork is without error. Unfortunately, just like God’s Word, His Handiwork can be misread, misinterpreted, mocked or trivialized both accidentally and intentionally.
See also: Romans 1:19-20, Psalm 8:3 and Isaiah 40:22-26
The third book, The Book of Life, is a bit different.
Book of Life (A record of what each of us has done) —
The Book of Life is also without error. It is a record of each of us and what we have done. We see in John’s report in the book of Revelation that everyone’s name was written in The Book of Life before the world was created. We also see there that anyone’s name not in the book is doomed to be cast into the lake of fire. So if all names were in the book in the beginning and some were not there at the end, they must have gotten removed. How and why did they get removed? The answer is quite simple — If an individual has not accepted Christ as God’s Son by the time of their death, their name is removed or “blotted out” of the Book of Life.
Of course some are not capable of knowing and receiving Christ due to age or mental condition. I’m not sure about those who have never heard of Christ. Perhaps they are condemned because Christians have not carried out the evangelistic duty given to them. Or, possibly, everyone will be given one final chance to know Christ in the end. But because we don’t know if that’s true, we are compelled to evangelize as an act of compassion.
See also: Exodus 32:30-33, Psalm 69:27-28, Daniel 12:1, Luke 10:20, Philippians 4:3, Hebrews 12:22-23, Revelation 3:5, Revelation 13:1-8, Revelation 17:8, Revelation 20:15, Revelation 21:27
Why is it Important? —
We can study God’s Word and God’s Handiwork any time we choose. It’s not the same with the Book of Life. The part in that book that pertains to us will get read to us and we will each be judged according to what is found there.
If we study and practice the first two books, that will be noted and a favorable entry will be made in the third book. Believe it or not, that will improve our position in heaven.
On the other hand, if you reject Christ as the Son of God, it will make no difference whether you’ve studied God’s Word and His Handiwork because your name will be removed from the Lamb’s Book of Life and your soul will be cast into the lake of fire — and that’s forever.
So, have you accepted Christ? If so, are you doing your homework?
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