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What is the Book of Life?

The Book of Life is a roll or compilation of all the people who have been saved and who will forever reside in heaven with God. Revelation 20:15 states, “If anyone’s name was not found written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” Philippians 4:3, Revelation 3:5 and Revelation 20:12 also mention the Book of Life. In Revelation 13:8 and 21:27, the Book of Life is referred to as the Lamb’s Book of Life because it lists the names of every person who has been saved by the blood of Jesus Christ.

Are You Saved?

Are you wondering how you can be certain that your name is written in the Book of Life? The only way you can know for certain is to be sure you are saved. Philippians 4:3 and Revelation 3:5 say to repent of your sin and believe that the Lord Jesus is personal Savior and you will be saved. Additionally, once your name is entered into the Book of Life, you never have to be worried about your salvation because Revelation 3:5 and Romans 8:37-39 tell us that once it is written it will never be erased. John 10:28-30 gives us the assurance that no true believer needs to doubt their eternal salvation in Christ Jesus.

The Fate of Unbelievers

Revelation 20:11-15 describes the Great White Throne Judgment which is a judgment that unbelievers will face. The verses found in Revelation 20:12-14, clearly state that anyone who has his name entered into the Book of Life will not face this judgment. For those at this judgment, their names are not found in the Book of Life and their fate and punishment are already determined.

Can a Christian Lose Their Salvation?

There are some people who think Revelation 3:5 is proof that it is possible for a Christian to lose their salvation. However, this verse makes it clear that the Lord will never erase someone’s name from the Book of Life: “He who overcomes… I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life.” For those wondering what an over-comer is, it is an individual who is triumphant and overcomes the trials, evils and temptations of this world; someone who is redeemed. People who are saved are written in the Book of Life and are given the promise of eternal life in Heaven with God.

Psalm 69:28 is another passage that can sometimes cause confusion. This verse says: “Let them be blotted out of the book of the living.” The verse is referring to David’s enemies and the “book of the living” is not the same as the Lamb’s Book of Life. In this verse David is making reference to physical life on earth, not an eternal existence in heaven. The same applies to the “book” that is referenced in Exodus 32:32-33.

God certainly keeps good records and He knows those who are His own. His children’s names have been set in His book permanently.

Cary Byrd is the president and founder of, price comparison engine for prescription drugs that enables consumers to get safe access to affordable medications. also provides a free Christian health community that allows patients to learn more about an illness, seek and offer support, pray for one another, save money and connect with other patients and caregivers alike.

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