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God has a data base
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Everything that has to do with God, is not merely spiritual. Physical, every day life is actually a revelation of spiritual issues. For example, accurate record keeping. Firms and governments spend large amounts of money on effective computer programs for storing data. The Bible shows that God also has an efficient record system.
These records will be used to evaluate and judge the dead according to what they had done while on earth. These books will either be a blessing or a terrible ordeal to people. The Bible calls them ‘books’ and ‘the book of life’. The following references reveal God’s bookkeeping system:
Revelation 20:11-15, the white throne judgment. The dead great and small stand before the throne of God and the books are opened. The ‘books’ have the records of the deeds of those who rejected Christ. The ‘book of life’ has the names of the followers of Christ. Those whose names were not found in the ‘book of life’ were cast into the lake of fire.
Very early in the history of Israel, Moses was desperately pleading that God would forgive the sins of the Israelites. He prayed that if God would not forgive them, He must blot out Moses’ name from the book God has written.
The many genealogical records and lists of names in the Bible give us an idea of the precision of God in keeping records.
In Malachi 3:16 we have this verse: ‘Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name’.
In Philippians 4:3 we have Paul’s words: ‘Yes, and I ask you, loyal yoke-fellow, help these women who have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow-workers, whose names are in the book of life’.
In Revelation 3:5 is written, ‘He who overcomes will, like them (people who have not soiled their clothes with sin), be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels’ (this is Jesus speaking).
Read also Revelation 13:8; 17:8. Revelation 21:27 sums it all up beautifully: ‘Nothing impure will ever enter (the new Jerusalem), nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.’
Summary: God is keeping track of those who become citizens of His eternal kingdom. He is present everywhere and at all times and cannot lie (Titus 1:2). His records will be absolutely perfect. Is your name in his Book of Life?