Revelation 3:5-6 The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
The statement is conditional. One must conquer or overcome through Jesus Christ. The result…
…and I will never blot…Jesus is making a promise. As a believer in Him, your good name and character are safe.
This the Greek word ἐξαλείφω/exaleiphó. Defined by Strong’s Concordance, it means: I plaster, wash over; I wipe off, wipe out, or obliterate.
Believers will not be erased, obliterated, or wiped out.
The verb ἐξαλείφω/exaleiphó is used a total of five times in the New Testament. It is utilized in the context of the removal of tears, sin, and debt. See the examples below.
Revelation 21:4a and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes;
Acts 3:19a Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away…
Colossians 2:14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
Jesus totally paid for sin once and for all. He is not about to let us be erased from life. He overcame death. And in Him, believers have eternal life.
Erased from what? …the book of life.
The “book of life” is mentioned in five times in Revelation. Scripture tells us the “book of life” has its origins from the beginning of time at creation. The owner of the “book of life” is Christ Himself, the Lamb.
Revelation 13:8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.
See also Revelation 21:27 and Revelation 17:8 for origin and ownership of the “book of life”.
It would appear, we all start with our name in the “book of life”. Moses and the Lord are having a discussion. Sin will remove our name from the “book of life”. And this makes sense considering the wage of sin is death.
Exodus 32:32-33 “But now, if You will, forgive their sin—and if not, please blot me out from Your book which You have written!” The LORD said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book.”
The span of our life is noted to the day in the “book of life”.
Psalm 139:16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.
Every single detail of our life is documented down to the number of tears in the “book of life”.
Psalm 56:8 You have taken account of my wanderings; put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book?
Revelation 3:6 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
Please listen. This marks the fifth time Jesus has requested to all members of the church to listen. He is not pleading with the Sardis church only. This is an individual appeal. If you have an ear(s), Christ is talking to you.
You want to be found in the “book of life”. There is a consequence if your sins are not squared away with the Father.
Revelation 20:15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
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