But nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who practices abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” vs. 27Revelation 21:10, 21-27
As the book of Revelation draws to a close, its writer describes the holy city of Jerusalem as the center of God’s new creation. The vision brings to mind the great castles of Fantasyland, a place where there is no night, death will be no more, and everything is suffused with light. It’s an exclusive city, a place only for those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. It’s verses like this that leap out at us from scripture and that sow doubt in our minds about salvation. And as a result, too many people wonder whether their names are written in the book! There are even popular songs about a “roll that will be called up yonder.” It’s really sad that we have to wonder about such things because of verses like this. We don’t even know precisely what the writer has in mind with his visions and symbols. This exclusionary city doesn’t fit at all with the beautiful picture of new life that we see in Jesus’ teachings, a gospel message of forgiveness and the steadfast love of God. Now some may not mind wondering if their name is in the book, but most sinners much prefer knowing that there is absolutely nothing in all creation, not even death, that can separate them from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
Thought for the Day: Why do some like to believe that there is a final list?