Sunday, July 5, 2015

Username and Password

If you are reading this you have some computer skills, which means to me that somewhere along the line you have an online identity that requires a Username and a Password. I have several and am using Dashlane app to try to get them accessible when I forget one. Don’t know about you, but that has happened to me – more than once.

That made me think about the Book of Life:

And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life. (Philippians 4:3 KJV)

As Paul referred to it, so did John through the book of Revelation:

He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. (Revelation 3:5 KJV)

. . . ending references with:

And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. (Revelation 22:19 KJV)

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the Username and Password were simple:


Close, but it is possible to use the name Christian without having the faith that Jesus is the Messiah, Son of God, Savior. That is a requirement:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:16-18 KJV)

There is so much more to being a follower of Christ than getting one’s name written down in church membership. That is not the same as having one’s name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. There will come a time when those not written will worship another:

And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (Revelation 13:8 KJV)

Believing that God’s plan from the foundation of the world included His Son is only the beginning of our journey. There is much to learn along the way, ministries to accomplish and witnessing to share. There is affirmation to read:

But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. (John 20:31 KJV)

John felt strongly enough that he repeated:

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (1 John 5:11-13 KJV)

So do I.

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