Are You in the Book: I’m not sure if you have ever been mentioned in someones book? Can you imagine reading a book from some popular author who you didn’t know and he/she mentions you specifically in it. That would be an amazing thing, in fact, you would likely bring that book around to everyone you know and show them that you’re name is in there. It would be a noteworthy occasion. We know that type of situation would never happen, if you didn’t know them you would never even expect to have your name included in the book, would you?
What about if you ‘knew’ an author who was really famous and you guys had hung out and spent time together. One day He publishes this book on everyday life and what goes on. You eagerly buy the book assuming for sure you will find your name on the pages. You read and read and read, finally you reach the end and to your dismay, your name is not in his book! You are shocked, so you read it again discovering the same thing. Sadly your name is not there.
More important than any school you will attend, what college you decide on, who to date, who to marry, what car to buy, house to invest in, career to choose, retirement savings plan to go with, or having your name on the pages of any earthy book, is being known by God and having your name recorded in His book.
The eternal destination of every human being is of utmost importance. God keeps a record of all the names that will ever be recorded in Christ’s Book. Don’t wait until the end to find out if you’re mentioned in His book.
Revelation 13:8 “All who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.”
Don’t concern yourself with the things of this world, but be consumed with the Lamb and His book… You don’t want to find out one day that you’re name doesn’t appear there, that would be tragic.
Luke 10:20 “Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
The 72 disciples just get back from a huge Mission trip and they are really excited, largely because the Demons obeyed them. Up to this point people had been very fearful of the demonized, and to have the demons obey you was simply amazing. But Jesus stops them in their tracks and says “do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Why did He say that? Was He saying that they should be more excited about having their names written in Heaven’s Book? Was He saying that all these guys that cast out demons were safe from Hell? No He wasn’t. What He was doing was warning them not focus on the power they appeared to have through the Name of Jesus. And they should be more concerned about their own lives and if they were even truly genuine followers of Jesus.
Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you;depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”
Take Heed: Listen to Jesus words when He says “Cast out demons in your name” then at the bottom He says “I never knew you, depart from me.” There’s nothing in this life that would come close to feeling the anguish of being falsely saved. To find out on the last day that the works you performed were not evidence in themselves that you truly belonged to Him would be devastating, for the lack of a better word.
Many Will Say: Jesus isn’t shy about using the words Many, He says Many go by the broad way, Many are called, and here we read Many will have false assurance of salvation. If you pay close attention to the story of LUKE 10, you will notice that ‘Judas Iscariot’ was in the group who cast out demons; and Jesus says in Matthew 26:24,
“The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”
Jesus was warning these disciples that they were not in fact all safe or even saved, even though they performed “Many Mighty Works.” in the end that just doesn’t matter. We also read in John 6:66
“After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.”
In that last text, Jesus just finished delivering the disciples a hard message, it nailed most of them between the eyes. Their response was tragic. They walked away and never returned. These were the same disciples that went out and cast out demons, the same disciples that purposed to follow Jesus as but as Jesus puts it “I Never Knew You.”
Examine: Paul says in 2 Corinthians 13:5
“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test?”
If we miss the step of examining to see if Jesus Christ is truly in us and pay little attention to the fruit of our lives, we can easily be deceived into a false assurance.
The Tragic End: You don’t want to be wrong about this… If you are wrong then sadly you may experience something like this: Revelation 20:15
“And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”
A good way to examine your life to see if you indeed have the fruit of salvation, is to pick up your bible and start reading through 1 John. Trust me, it will be time well invested. Either it will bring you assurance that you are saved or it will drive you to your knees in repentance toward God and Faith in Jesus “The Lamb Who Was Slain.” You can’t afford to be WRONG about this BOOK and whether you’re name is really there.
There is Hope: This post is tough and I actually don’t like talking about this type of stuff. There has never been a greater need for this message, I can’t afford to neglect it and neither can you. So after you have taken Paul’s advice to examine yourself, we should turn our eyes to Peters advice. In 1 Peter 1 he tells us to Make sure we are really ‘IN’ and he gives us a list to examine ourselves with as well. 2 Peter 1:10-11
“Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
This is such good news, there is hope! Please don’t be blind to your own sin and possibly continue down a path of false security. There is Hope, and it can only be found through total surrender to the person of Jesus the Christ!
If you have any questions about where you will spend eternity please respond to this post and I would love to help you find the way. Amen!
Grace & Peace,