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Revelation 21:27, Page 1940

and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are in the Lamb’s book of life.

The difference between life with Jesus Christ and the death of the wicked remains in brilliant contrast. Inside the new Jerusalem, God has gathered all the believers to live with Him. Jesus identifies those believers as everyone whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. 1The Greek phrase here for “written in the Lamb’s book of life” (“o γεγραμμένοι ἐν τῷ βιβλίῳ τῆς ζωῆς τοῦ ἀρνίου“) follows the same format we have seen previously in the New Testament. Only the names of born-again believers are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. The Lamb’s Book of Life contains the names of every person who has eternal life, from all ages. After heaven and earth have been destroyed, the believers remain with Jesus Christ, while the unbelievers have been resurrected to judgment and eternal punishment, outside the new Jerusalem. Jesus made the new Jerusalem very exclusive, because only believers enter into it. 2The Greek phrase “but only” (“εἰ μὴ“) occurs frequently in the New Testament to mean exclusion. See, for example, Matthew 12:39, page 1521, “only the sign of Jonah the prophet,” and no other sign; Revelation 13:17, page 1929, only the one with the mark of the beast may buy or sell during the tribulation; Revelation 14:3, page 1930, only the 144,000 could learn the new song; Revelation 19:12, page 1937, only Jesus knows the name written on Him as He rides the white horse at the end of tribulation. Because a believer’s name can never be removed from the Book of Life, we remain eternally secure in the love of Jesus Christ. 3In Revelation 22:19, 1942, we read about a person having his part taken from the tree of life. The King James Version used incorrect Latin (not Greek) manuscripts here and has “book of life” instead of the correct manuscripts reading “tree of life.” See the article by Jan Krans, Erasmus and the Text of Revelation 22:19: a Critique of Thomas Holland’s Crowned with Glory at http://bibletranslation.ws/down/krans-refutation-of-holland.pdf. As the Bible ends, Jesus promises to return quickly. What a wonderful Savior. He commanded us to rejoice that our names, as born-again believers, have been forever written in the Book of Life. Amen.

Book of Life of the Lamb–Summary

1. Content. The Book of Life of the Lamb records the names of born-again believers, who will never worship the beast and his image.

2. Date. The Book of Life of the Lamb was written before the foundation of the world.

3. Promise. God promised that born-again believers will never worship the beast. God also promised that having your name recorded in the Book of Life of Lamb means you will be with Jesus forever and live in the new Jerusalem.

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1. The Greek phrase here for “written in the Lamb’s book of life” (“o γεγραμμένοι ἐν τῷ βιβλίῳ τῆς ζωῆς τοῦ ἀρνίου“) follows the same format we have seen previously in the New Testament. Only the names of born-again believers are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
2. The Greek phrase “but only” (“εἰ μὴ“) occurs frequently in the New Testament to mean exclusion. See, for example, Matthew 12:39, page 1521, “only the sign of Jonah the prophet,” and no other sign; Revelation 13:17, page 1929, only the one with the mark of the beast may buy or sell during the tribulation; Revelation 14:3, page 1930, only the 144,000 could learn the new song; Revelation 19:12, page 1937, only Jesus knows the name written on Him as He rides the white horse at the end of tribulation.
3. In Revelation 22:19, 1942, we read about a person having his part taken from the tree of life. The King James Version used incorrect Latin (not Greek) manuscripts here and has “book of life” instead of the correct manuscripts reading “tree of life.” See the article by Jan Krans, Erasmus and the Text of Revelation 22:19: a Critique of Thomas Holland’s Crowned with Glory at http://bibletranslation.ws/down/krans-refutation-of-holland.pdf.