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The book of life as taught in the bible by elder don ellis

  1. 1. The Book of Life As Taught in the Bible By: Elder Don Ellis •
  2. 2. Section 1: Exodus 32:33, Romans 9:3,Revelations 3:5, Revelations 5:9This book of life as taught in the bible must beunderstood as being signified. It is not as a bookwe are read ing from the King James Version. Ifeel it is speaking of Gods great power toremember and not to forget. We, as finitepeople, realize the fallacy of depending on ourmemory, so we write our transactions in a bookand have them become legal. The term used inMalachi 3:16 is: "Then they that feared the Lordspake often one to another: and the Lordhearkened, and heard it. and a book ofremembrance was written before him for themthat feared the Lord, and that thought upon hisname." It is evident that this is not speaking ofthe election of grace from before the foundationof the world. It is to encourage us that God is notunmindful to forget our labor of love and to knowthat our labors in hard desolate times are not invain in the Lord.In Exodus 32:33. a great sin has beencommitted. Israel has made a golden calf andhas worshiped it saying, "These be thy gods. 0Israel, which brought thee up out of the land ofEgypt. " Now God is wroth at his covenantpeople and promises to blot their name out of thebook of life. This is not speaking of them ceasingto be in the election of God before the foundationof the world; these are the people that God has 1
  3. 3. chosen to dwell in the land of Canaan. This landis to be possessed by their obedience to God.Israel is the elect of God (Isaiah 45:4). Thiselection is according to the purpose of God tohave an elect people in a covenant only se nse~In Revelation 5:9 is states that the lamb redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every11kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation ... "Being blotted out of the book of life is notspeaking of the people redeemed by the blood ofChrist. There is no conflict between Exodus32:33 and Revelation 5:9.The life spoken of in Exodus 32:33 is the lifeMoses refers to in Deuteronomy 3: 19 and 30:20.In this, we can choose life or choose death. orthe chi ldren of Israel this life refers to the land ofCanaan. In this scripture, Moses is makingintercession with God and says that if He (God)is going to blot out the Israelites from thiscovenant land, then Moses does not want to gothere alone, he wi ll just stay with his people.God hears Moses pleading and grants them thismuch pardon : an angel will go before them andthey will be plagued for their sin yet they will bebrought into the covenant land. As the law wasadded because of sin, it did not disannul thePromised Land. Moses does not want to beblotted out of the book of life but is willing to laydown his life for his brethren. He is a pure typeof Jesus, our intercessor. 2
  4. 4. Section 2: Romans 9:3As Moses was pleading with God in Exodus32:33 because his people had committed such agreat sin at Mt. Sinai, he desired for God to blothis name out of the book of life. In the previoussection, the life he has in mind is the beautifulland of Canaan. Even so the apostle Paul inRomans 9:2-3 is saying, "That I have greatheaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. ForI could wish that myself were accursed fromChrist for my brethren, my kinsman according tothe flesh ..." These his people have receivedsuch rich blessings from God down through thecenturies such as adoption, glory, the covenantsand the giving of the law which enabled them toplease God.Now, after Christ is come according to promise,the prophet who was to come and bring in a newcovenant, new and greater blessings, Paul findsthem in stubborn unbelief just as Moses did inExodus 32:33. Not all of them though are inunbelief as in Romans 9:6, "Not as though theword of God hath taken none effect. For they arenot all Israel, which are of Israel..." Jacob, who isIsrael, had his name changed because of his actof believing, so the name of Israel really meansbelieving God. So it is today, a born again childof God can be an unbeliever. Pauls great loveand concern about his brethren turns back inActs 22: 19-20, "And I said, Lord, they know that I 3
  5. 5. imprisoned and beat in every synagogue themthat believed on thee: And when the blood of thymartyr Stephen was shed, I also was standingby, and consenting unto his death, and kept theraiment of them that slew him." This was Paulsdesire to continue laboring with them, the sameas Moses at the mount. In Moses time, Godgave them a measure of pardon. Even so it istoday. Paul writes that the Jews are to sufferfu rther unbelief: Romans 11 :8, "(According as itis written , God hath given them the spirit ofslumber, eyes that they should not see, and earsthat they should not hear;) unto this day. "However, they do receive a measure of pardon inthat they are still in Gods covenant as it iswritten in Romans 11 :29, "For the gifts and •calling of God are without repentance." LikeMoses, Paul did not truly want to be accu rsedfrom Christ, but realizing he was a bond slave toChrist, he obeys God. This is shown in Acts22:21, "And he said unto me, Depart: for I willsend thee far hence unto the Gentiles." Paulshows his great concern for his unbelievingbrethren all through his preaching, but also isobedient to his master, Christ. This life he ispreaching is the life in the new covenant. As theOld Covenant was the ministration of death (2Corinthians 3:7), the New Covenant is theministration of righteousness (2 Corinthians 3:9).Paul is not taking, nor can he take away theireternal salvation that was given by election frombefore the foundation of the world, but what is 4
  6. 6. being taken away is the unbelievers life andhappiness in the New Covenant and Paul is nowturning to the believing Gentiles. Acts 13:48,"And when the Gentiles heard this, they wereglad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and asmany as were ordained [or assigned] to eternallife believed." Acts 15:17, That the residue [orremnant] of men might seek after the Lord, andall the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called ,saith the Lord, who doeth all these things." 5
  7. 7. Section 3: Psalm 56:8, 69:28, 139:16Psalms 56:8-- 3,"Thou tellest my wanderings: 1put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not inthy book? When I cry unto thee, then shall mineenemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.In God willi praise his word: in the Lord will ipraise his word. In God have I put my trust: I willnot be afraid what man can do unto me. Thyvows are upon me, 0 God: I will render praisesunto thee. For thou hast delivered my soul fromdeath: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling,that I may walk before God in the light of theliving?"These beautiful scriptures are a great •consolation to a church member that feels verylow in spirit and feels to have enemies both in hiscarnal self and also enemies around him. This isa great struggle to be like Christ and imitate Himin His commandments, to bear this patientlyknowing in yourself this you must do to have Hisfellowship. In verse 8, David mentions hiswanderings that God knows about. Thesewanderings inside our heart and mind go fromlove, understanding, patience, and forbearance,and then frustration sets in and turns toimagination, anger, wrath, malice, blasphemyand hatred which bring on loss of fellowship withyour friend Christ, causing sorrow, great loss andloneliness. Hence, we weep, feel lost, heavilyburdened and unspiritual. This is where we need 6
  8. 8. to remember that Jesus loves us and is mindfulof our tears. Are not they written in the greatbook of His promises? God never slumbers orsleeps. Isaiah 57: 15 "For th us saith the high andlofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name isHoly; I dwell in the high and holy place, with himalso that is of a contrite and humble spirit, torevive the spirit of the humble, and to revive theheart of the contrite ones." Isaiah 66:2, "For allthose things hath mine hand made, and . hosetthings have been, saith the Lord: but to this manwill I look, even to him that is poor and of acontrite spirit, and trembleth at my word." Godlooks to this person to worsh ip Him and obeyHim whether in happy times or sad times. Thisman should always think of Gods promises thathis tears are kept in a book. If a child cries tearsof disappointment and heartbreak, just take abottle and put it up to his eyes and tell him youwant to keep them to remember his sorrows ofchildhood and he will immediately stop cryingand smile. When experiencing our spiritual .tears, heartbreak, disappointment, beingdespised, cast out of fellowship, being insulted orspoken evil of, just remember all this is written inHis book. Shall we not say book of life? AmenIn Psalm 69:21-28, David is speaking of anexperience that is also a prophesy of thesufferings of Christ as He lived here on earth asa sin bearer for His elect people. Ought they notknow and understand the example He set, that 7
  9. 9. we might walk in His steps? Verse 26 reads,"For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten;and they talk to the grief of those whom thou hastwounded." When we suffer these things in ourown life, let us commit the keeping of our souls"life" in well doing, knowing that God will blot theirname out of the book of life. Deuteronomy 32:4,"He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all hisways are judgment: a God of truth and withoutiniquity, just and right is he." AmenIn Psalm 139:16, David is speaking of Godsgreat foreknowledge in seeing the great house ofDavid, who is a type of Christ. The substance ofth is great body of people is unperfect, orincomplete, yet in the mind of God, all thesepeople will be and are His. And although theydont exist yet, they will exist because they arewritten in this book or mind of God. " ... which incontinuance were fashioned, when as yet therewas none of them." As God chose a people inChrist before the foundation of the world, whenas yet there was none of them, them He elected ,or chose, he also predestinated to be conformedto the image of His son. Them that Hepredestinated, He also called, and whom Hecalled, He also justified by the blood of Christ,and them that He justified, He also glorified, orraised from the dead. This is the continuance ofthe unperfect to the point that he could say thatthey are complete in Christ. 8
  10. 10. Section 4: Revelations 3:5The last book in the Bible is written unto sevenchurches of Asia. One of which is the church inSardis. This church had a name that it lived; atleast people around must have felt it was a lively,spiritual church. God, who knows the hearts ofmen, saw that it was dead. There were a fewmembers who were spiritual, obedient, andevidently loved God. To those that were lifeless,or with a dont-care attitude, god called for theirrepentance and they were ordered to overcomethis fault. It would be difficult to overcome, butthe great promise would be that their namewould not be blotted out of the book of life. Thislife is to be found in the kingdom of God, or theNew Covenant Church. This life is mentioned inActs 5:20 when the apostles were commanded topreach to the people this way of life. The life inthe New Covenant of God is the Holy Ghost. Lifein the Old Covenant was rich crops, weather, andwombs were opened for healthy children. Godprospered them and gave them victories inbattles against enemies. Life in the NewCovenant is the words of Christ dwelling in usrichly by faith. Romans 8:35, "Who shallseparate us from the love of Christ? shalltribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine,or nakedness, or peril, or sword?" Verse 37,"Nay, in all these things we are more thanconquerors [those who overcome] through himthat loved us." We get our eternal life through 9
  11. 11. His shed blood. The life we are speaking of isfaith in His blood. What a shame it is to believein His shed blood for/the redemption from sin andeternal life through Christs resurrection, andthen walk in a dead, listless, worldly way, beingmindful of earthly things, being enemies of Hiscross. As Galatians 5:25 states, "If we live in theSpirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. If we JJovercome through faith in Christ and do not faintor become weary, we will not be blotted out ofthe book of life. 10
  12. 12. The Book of Life As Taught in the Bible By: Elder Don Ellis
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