Which Book?

the-book-of-life“…and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books…And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:12, 15)

We often hear in the news of someone suspected of committing nefarious activities having their computer seized by law enforcement. The hard drive is checked for content that might incriminate the suspect. Even though the person may have attempted to delete website histories and such, the hard drive still has a record. This hard drive file can be used as evidence against the person before a judge and jury.

We can find an illustration in this concerning a much bigger picture of life. We all come with a hard drive, a recorded book if you will. Every action, reaction, word, thought and deed we have done in our lifetime is stamped on that hard drive, written in the book. We may think we’re getting away with deleting the bad stuff, with covering our sin, erasing the words, but we are not. When we come to the end of our life, the hard drive is examined. The evidence is still all there. The books will be opened, and God Himself is our judge and jury. “The wages of sin is death…” (Rom 6:23a) This death is a forever “guilty” sentence.

Such is not so for everyone. But what about the hard drives, the bad stuff, and sin? How do some escape the penalty of a forever death? They have put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ. When their hard drives, their books, are examined His blood has expunged their sin. Their names have been written in, transferred to, the Lamb’s Book of Life. (Rev 21:27) In contrast to the wages of sin being death – “the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom 6:23b) This life is a forever “pardoned” prize.

If you were to stand before The Judge today, what will be found on your hard drive, written of you in the books? What if things you thought were deleted in fact remain? Then what? Or will you have a clean record with the sin and evil stuff forever removed by the blood of the Lamb? In which book will your name be found?

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