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Book of Life (New Testament)–Summary

1. The Names of Believers. The names of born-again believers are recorded in the Book of Life.

2. The Names of Overcomers Will Never Be Blotted Out.  God promised He would never blot out the names of overcomers from the Book of Life. Every born-again believer is an overcomer.

3. Jesus Will Confess the Names of Overcomers before the Father  Jesus promised He would confess the names of overcomers before His Father in heaven.

Book of Life of the Lamb

In Revelation 13:8 1See page 1929 of the Study Bible. we read about the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain. 2The Greek phrase for “book of life of the Lamb who has been slain” (“τῷ βιβλίῳ τῆς ζωῆς τοῦ ἀρνίου τοῦἐσφαγμένου“) ties this book of life with the Lamb.

Revelation 13:8, Page 1929

“All who dwell on earth will worship him, everyone whose name has been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.”

Throughout the Book of Revelation, the Lamb alone is worthy to open the book with seven seals and to judge the living and the dead, because the Lamb was slain, and came back to life, and the Lamb alone purchased with His blood people from every tribe and tongue and people and nation on earth. 3Revelation 5:8, page 1920 This singular connection between the Lamb and the people He purchased with His blood underlies the Book of Life of the Lamb. A question also arises about the whether the phrase “before foundation of the world” describes the timing of: (1) the death of the Lamb or (2) the writing of the names in the Book of Life of the Lamb. The best explanation seems to be that the names were written in the Book of Life of the Lamb before the foundation of the world. 4The question of whether the phrase “before the foundation of the world” describes: (1) when the Lamb was slain; or (2) when the names were written in the book depends upon several technical factors. In the end, the technical arguments based upon a finite verb plus a participle, and the intervening words between the clauses, do not seem to outweigh the similar usage by the same author in the same book at Revelation 17:8, page 1934,where the names were written in the book of life before the foundation of the world. Therefore, the best conclusion seems to be that the names were written in the Book of Life of the Lamb before the foundation of the world. 

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1. See page 1929 of the Study Bible.
2. The Greek phrase for “book of life of the Lamb who has been slain” (“τῷ βιβλίῳ τῆς ζωῆς τοῦ ἀρνίου τοῦἐσφαγμένου“) ties this book of life with the Lamb.
3. Revelation 5:8, page 1920
4. The question of whether the phrase “before the foundation of the world” describes: (1) when the Lamb was slain; or (2) when the names were written in the book depends upon several technical factors. In the end, the technical arguments based upon a finite verb plus a participle, and the intervening words between the clauses, do not seem to outweigh the similar usage by the same author in the same book at Revelation 17:8, page 1934,where the names were written in the book of life before the foundation of the world. Therefore, the best conclusion seems to be that the names were written in the Book of Life of the Lamb before the foundation of the world.