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Is Your Name in the Lamb's Book of Life?


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From the testimony of a young man I heard him say that his heart is full of joy because his name is written in the Lamb's book of life. We thank God that many of you who may have the opportunity to go through this script have your names written in God's book. We are sending this sermon to many people because we desire more names to go into the book of life. It is my prayer that all whose names have not featured in God's wonderful book of life may be written; so they can rejoice with us.

 

"And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

"And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

`And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

"And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." (Rev.20:11-15).

 

There are many people, especially people who are classed as important personalities, great men and women, intellectuals like Philosophers, Doctors; etc. who do not believe the fundamentals of the Bible. They do not believe because the mystery of the Gospel is not revealed to carnal, casual men and women, who have no delight in God. But we have cause to thank God that the mystery of the Word of God is not hidden from the sons and daughters of the most High God. `Here is a prophecy rejected by thousands and millions of people who may end up in hell fire. While they were on earth, they never believed in the existence of hell fire but to many of them was revealed hell fire before they passed away; but alas! it was too late to repent,

 

"And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

ft And in hell he Lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

"And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

"But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is com­forted, and thou art tormented.

"'And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed:  so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

"Then he said, I pray thee therefore father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:

"For 1 have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

"Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.

“And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.

“And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuade, though one rose from the dead.” (Luke 16:22-31).

 

And he believed that there was hell fire. His last words of utterance carried a warning to those living never to reject God for hell is real. But it was never possible for him to come back to life again to have a second chance. He did not believe hell and so he made no provision during his life time to flee to the saving Grace of Jesus and so he will dwell in hell for eternity.

 

Thank God for His word is true and His children believe it. It has become a blessing to our lives.

 

"And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." (Rev.20:15).

 

This verse reveals to us that there is hell fire prepared for all who reject the plan of redemption whose names are not written in the Lamb's book of life. The portion we have just read, is a record of the white throne judgment which will take place after Jesus' millennial reign on earth.

 

The true followers of Jesus Christ believe that Jesus is coming soon and they do not merely believe it but they expect to reign with Him when He comes back. And because of this they purify themselves day in day out with deeper consecrations, so that when He comes back, they will be caught up with Him in the air. The coming of our Lord Jesus Christ on earth here will be first to resurrect the dead in Christ, and then translate the bride of Christ. The militant church will become the triumphant church when they shall be raptured to meet in the air. These are going to meet Him at the marriage supper of the Lamb which will take place in the air. They are going to dine with Him and He will reward them for their work done on earth before they all come back to earth to reign a thousand years when Satan will be chained.

 

On earth here, it will be a reign of peace and joy, where there will be no oppression, no victimization, a reign that will rule the whole world through the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus, our Lord and King, will be the head of the government, while His bride, will be associate ministers holding important positions in the offices in the government. And the whole world will be compelled to serve Him

 

"And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem, shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles." (Zechariah 14:16).

 

Zion will be their headquarters, and laws will be coming out of Zion to all other Nations of the earth. According to the Holy writ, after a thousand years Jesus and His hosts will go back into heaven to hand over the government to our great God, who is the Father of us all.

 

After this, the whole world will be left for satan who will be loosened to try them to know who ever is not in agreement with all the teachings, with all the care and love that Jesus has brought to them. And at their trial which will reveal their acts and their deeds the Almighty Jehovah will send fire down on the earth here, to devour all things, destroy them, and it will be gone. The old earth will be gone, and there will come a new heaven and a new earth. When Jesus Christ will sit on the throne to judge all the inhabitants of the earth.

 

"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works." (Rev 20:12).

 

Those who were dead from the creation of the earth, will be resurrected, those who died recently will be resurrected. All will come before the white throne judgment of our Lord Jesus. Jesus will sit on His throne with all his ambas­sadors as co-heirs with Him as He passes the judgment, while thousands and thousands of people are being deceived to believe that whatever they have done on earth here ends here.

 

There is record already for all that you have done. There is record; as from the time of Adam, everybody, young or old, white or black, has a record in heaven where you have the minute of all that you have done.

 

"Rejoice, 0 young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgement."(Ecc.11:9).

"For God shall bring every work into judgement, with every

secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." (Ecc.12:14).

"And the books were opened; and another book was opened which is the book of life, and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

"And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." (Rev. 20:12,15).

 

This will expose the crookedness of all false doctrines; those who have believed that, if they have done evil, they could commit suicide and that will be the end to ft. It is going to be revealed,      all you have committed and the suicide you have committed will not be the end to it. Those who have done to drown themselves on that day will be resurrected, those who have burnt themselves because they do not want to live and see the shamefulness of their acts; those whose part has been used as mud to build a house, will be resurrected.

 

"And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works."(Rev.20:13).

"And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake,

some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt." (Dan.12:2)

 

"My daddy or my uncle or my great-grand-father has died many years ago, he will' not suffer for what he has done." He is coming to suffer for it, there is no way out, for death will deliver up all that has covered up.

 

Many say when people die, that is the end of it. It is not, for death is going to give them up. Death will give up those we have buried in the grave, and the sea is going to release its dead, they will come to face the judge, they will come to receive in their personal body all that they have done on earth here.

 

Even Christians who have the testimony that their names are written in the Lamb's book of life could not fully comprehend the meaning. The disciples of Jesus Christ who were sent to heal the sick, came back with joyful reports, great news, that the devils were subjects to them, lots of miracles were per­formed, they came back with this fantastic news to their Lord Jesus Christ; but do you know? Jesus made a reference, which I wish to share with you.

 

"Notwithstanding, in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven." (Luke: 10:20).

 

- wonderful! Those people '•^pith all the magnitude of the power which was bestowed on them to work miracle, were filled with great joy, might be with gratitude and gratefulness of heart to their Lord Jesus Christ. "Come and see what has happened, we really felt your presence, we have come back with good news, Satan fell, miracles were wrought". Jesus said, notwithstanding that you have power to heal the sick, wrought miracle etc., rejoice in this one wonderful thing "that your names are written in the book of life." "Glory be to God"! Is your name written in heaven, try to ponder and begin to think about it.

 

Many Christians are rejoicing because they were initiated into being Christians. They have Christian names, they were confirmed, may be they are in a high position in the church and their pockets are full of money. They can spray their congregation with money, pay pastors' salaries and carry out other financial commitments and they will be very happy that they belong to that church not only that they hold very high posts there, but they never think twice or bend down to ask "Is my name written in the Lamb's book of life?"

 

There was a man of a very high position, a tutor of the law and one of the Sanhedrins. He was well placed and well paid among his colleagues, well placed and well paid among his colleagues, well known and was of a high rank. But it occurred to him, “well I am a tutor, an instructor of the law, I being to the Chief’s rank; but with all these have I my name in the book of life? Should I die at all, shall I make heaven?” His heart condemned him. Won’t you think this moment, give God a room in your heart to cross-check, allow the Spirit of God to smite your heart, check your heart, pause a while and think. With all you have acquired, accomplished in life with all your running up and down for evangelism, crusade, activities and with all the healing power; "Have I my name written in heavens?" Yes or No. If not why not approach Jesus Christ as this man of the law did

 

"THERE was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

"The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

"Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto

thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3:1-3).

 

This proves that his heart was burdened, he was anxious, troubled, full of questions which he took to Jesus. "How can I make heaven with this type of life? How can I be a tutor of the law and can never keep the law?" Is it not the case around us today? All over the place many church dignitaries have their bibles under their pillows only to be brushed and used on Sunday morning, in the teaching and so called worship of what they know not

 

"Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship; for salvation is of the Jews." (John 4:22).

 

The bible is not in their heart. Most of them have the verses of the scriptures in their heads not in their hearts. They teach Sunday school, they preach, take bible studies; these do not stop them from sinning. Are their names in the Lamb's book? Of course, not. Are there not thousands of doctors of theology who are blind to the mystery of Eternal life? Are their names in the book of life? Certainly, not; they have the Bible in their head mixed up, not in their life or heart. They often refer you to many theological seminaries or books to read and be balanced, they say. Oh they are ever learning, researching, and never coming to the knowledge of the truth - simple truth, that Jesus is the way the truth and the life ...

 

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6)

 

With all the degrees acquired through hard labour and sleepless nights, the mystery God is revealing to the poor in heart is hidden and far from the wise people of this world. But for Nicodemus, his degree will not quench the hunger for the truth; for that truth overshadowed his degree, prestige, status and personality. What mattered to him was the way to God the way to eternal life; so he asked the most vital question in life. Many are swollen headed by the titles of the world, "Chief" but to Nicodemus, to have a title here on earth and not wear a crown in Glory and forever live with God was eternal doom. So he went in the night to find out the way to God. All his colleagues forbade him not to go. We were told that he bowed down and worshipped Jesus which was an indication that he believed in Jesus.

 

Jesus revealed to him the mystery of salvation because he hungered and asked - that before a man can catch a glimpse of heaven, he or she must be born again (John 3:3). "Ye must be born again" became a puzzle because previously, it was not in his record or dictionary. Such is the case with intellectuals. They have no salvation in their record, dictionary or book-shelves. I remember a young man of high learning, who had the privilege of studying in one of our most well known universities in the world and got many degrees. To quote him, "I have read in many well equipped libraries in the world but never discovered salvation in any of them. I have been reading the Bible but I thank God that when .I humbled my heart to find out the truth, it was from the lips of the simple I heard the message, expounded in a way that I was exposed to the light of the Gospel. Today the change in my life is a mystery from God."

 

Many intellectuals do not believe one can live a holy life "the whole world is full of sin", they say, so all must live in sin. -Many have a thirst and hunger like Nicodemus but rather than humble themselves to ask, they shun the spirit of God wooing them, wait until they fumble into trouble. May be loose their job, fame, popularity due to sin or fall ill due to the evil, harmful things they have continuously taken in the name of enjoyment. Do they stop? “No”, they won’t turn to God; rather they begin to plan how to solve their problems, begin to read dream books, psalms, burn candles, drink holy water, burn incense, or fall victims to witch doctors or native or English doctors. None of these have the answer. Jesus is the answer. He alone knows and tackles the root or source of our problems. “Cursed be he that putteth his trust in man….

 

"Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD." (Jer.17:5).

 

Many atimes they add to their problems as they occupy their minds with suspi­cion of Mr. Y or Mrs. Z.

 

"Oh what peace we often forfeit because we do not carry everything to God in prayer." Nicodemus went to the right channel. (John 3:2-6) "The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou are a teacher come from God: For no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

 

"Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?

"Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

"That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit". (John 1:12,13) - "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his Name. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."

 

To be born again is to have a divine nature of God, and then worship God in Spirit and in truth.

 

This divine nature was what was recommended for Nicodemus.

 

Sinners could possess the divine nature of God by going to God; confes­sing and renouncing all actual sins, applying the blood of Jesus and trusting in all what Jesus did on the cross of Calvary. The Spirit of God comes down to bear witness with your Spirit that you are a child of God.

 

The problem of many today is that they want people to tell them "You are Saved." because they put up their fingers as an indication that they have accepted Christ.

 

Mental acceptance of Jesus Christ is heresy. A real experience of Salvation with God, involves you talking to God and God talking to you.

 

You do not bring God into your covenant; rather, God brings you into His covenant. God tells you at Salvation to amend your ways, to reconcile with your neighbours or enemies. God demands your crooked ways straightened. No sooner the work of salvation is done, joy floods your heart.

 

You will know, it does not involve an individual telling you.

 

"The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God." (Romans 8:16):

It is between you and God "Just Jesus and You".

 

Oh you know it immediately, you can see it, testify to it, that old things are passed away and behold all things are new. (II Cor.5:17) "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away: behold, all things are become new." Oh the things you used to do, you do them no more. The evil places you used to go, you go there no more.

 

Oh the evil company, your old friends you go back to them, you still love them but you have nothing to do with their evil ways.

 

The worldly things you use to wear, you wear them no more. Jesus removes the mask and only the beauty of Jesus is seen radiating from within to without. Oh: it is wonderful.

 

Why have all the above come to be?  There's a great change, for you are born again. Jesus the unchanging Changer, has visited you and touched your life. Dear reader the verdict is yours. Would you have a talk with Jesus?

 

T.G.O

 


By Rev T. G Oshokoya
 

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