I am preaching today in Ruston, LA, at Grace Baptist Church, where Brother Richard Warmack is pastor. Debbie and I will return to Albany (DV) tomorrow. – The Pastor
“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:” (1 Peter 1:18-19)
THE LAMB’S BOOK OF LIFE
The term “book of life” is found in the Bible seven times (Php. 4:3; Rev. 3:5; 13:18; 17:8; 20:12,15; 21:27). Each time it describes God’s elect, chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world, redeemed by the blood of Christ, and who in time are brought by the Holy Spirit to faith in Christ. It shows God’s sovereign, electing love and grace as the only source and cause of our salvation. God’s will, not ours, saves us eternally. It is “the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Rev. 13:8). This shows how Christ’s righteousness imputed, worked out by Him as the Substitute and Surety of His people in His death on the cross, His blood alone saves us eternally. This verse shows how the names of all who do not worship “the beast” of Revelation 13, one of Satan’s agents of opposition to Christ and His people, were written there “from the foundation of the world,” i.e. the beginning of creation. The names of all who insist on worshipping the beast were “not written in the book of life.” In Revelation 3:5, the Lord speaks of God’s elect, true believers who by the grace of God overcome the evils that threaten them, and who are “clothed in white raiment,” i.e. the righteousness of Jesus Christ imputed. Christ says, “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.” Some believe this proves one’s name can be written in the book and then erased. To show you how man by nature will always pervert God’s Word so as to make salvation conditioned on His own will or works, I heard a popular TV preacher say, “We can speculate. When you are born, God writes your name in the book of life. Once you choose to sin, your name is erased, but once you choose to believe in Christ, God writes your name back in the book of life.” His first mistake is in “we can speculate.” Speculation is never a right way to interpret God’s Word. Secondly, he failed to recognize all the other scriptures dealing with this subject and what they teach. Thirdly, Revelation 3:5 does not teach any possibility of one’s name being blotted out. It teaches the opposite – Once God wrote their name in the book of life, their names cannot be erased or blotted out of that book. They will be saved and eternally secure by the will and grace of Almighty God through the Lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ. -- Pastor Bill Parker
IS MY NAME WRITTEN THERE?
A question we all should consider is this – IS MY NAME WRITTEN IN THE LAMB’S BOOK OF LIFE. The Bible is clear. The evidence of my name written indelibly in the Lamb’s book of life is faith in the Lamb, trusting Christ for all salvation, forgiveness, righteousness, eternal life, and glory. Do not speculate or wonder if your name is written there. SEEK THE LORD; LOOK TO JESUS CHRIST; BELIEVE IN HIM AND REPENT OF ALL SIN, DEAD WORKS, AND IDOLATRY. You see, all whose names have been written in the Lamb’s book of life HAVE LIFE FROM GOD. The evidence of this life is clinging to the Lamb and pleading His blood, His righteousness, as the only ground of our salvation. Those who have this life follow Christ and rest in Him knowing that their salvation was the work of God alone, His will and power, to bring them to Jesus Christ as a willing, loving bondservant of Christ. You may ask, “Do I have this life?” Do you see yourself as a sinner without hope in yourself, your own will and works? Do you see that if God leaves you to yourself, you will perish in unbelief? Do you see that Christ alone is your only hope of salvation, that His blood alone cleanses sinners from all sin, that His righteousness imputed alone justifies sinners before God? “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 5:12-13).
– Pastor Bill Parker
The Lamb of God, once upon the cross, is now the Lamb upon the throne, possessing and exercising all power in heaven and in earth. Yet, He is still mindful of those for whom He suffered; His heart is made of tenderness; His bowels melt with love; He appears in the presence of God for them, as their great High Priest, Advocate, and Intercessor.
– John Newton
“And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him” (Revelation 22:1-3)
MARCH 22, 2015 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune: “How Firm A Foundation” – p. 268) A refuge for sinners the Gospel makes known,‘Tis found in the merits of Jesus alone;The weary, the tempted, the burdened of sinAre never excluded...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
MARCH 15, 2015 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune – “I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord” – p. 188) Prepare me, gracious GodTo stand before Thy face;Thy Spirit must the work perform,For it is all of grace. In Christ’s obedience clothe,And...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
MARCH 8, 2015 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune – “O For a Thousand Tongues” – p. 46) Great God! Thy glory and Thy loveOur humble songs employ,In mercy from Thy throne aboveLook down and cause our joy. Thy presence and Thy glory,...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
MARCH 1, 2015 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune: “O God, Our Help in Ages Past,” – p. 10)(Words by Pastor Jim Byrd) Today we gather in this house,To feast on things divine;To worship Jesus Christ the LordIn whom all glories shine. Today...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
FEBRUARY 22, 2015CALL TO WORSHIP Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it!Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;Redeemed through His infinite mercy,His child and forever I am. REFRAIN: Redeemed, redeemed,Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;Redeemed, how I...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Join us beginning this Sunday morning, Feb. 15th. at 10am. as we add an additional time to our Live Webcasting. In our bible study at 10am, Pastor Parker is teaching through the book of Galations. We will also still have our live Webcasting at our...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
FEBRUARY 15, 2015 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune: “Brethren, We Have Met to Worship” – p. 15)Words by Pastor Jim Byrd Hallelujah praise the Savior,Son of God a Man became;He is worthy of all glory,Sing His wonders, spread His...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
February 8, 2015 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune: “Depth of Mercy” p. 233) Sons of God redeemed by blood,Raise your songs to Zions’s God.Made from condemnation free,Grace triumphant sing with me. Calvary’s wonders let us trace,Justice...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
FEBRUARY 1, 2015 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune: O For A Thousand Tongues – p. 46)(Words by Pastor Jim Byrd) O what a good and perfect Gift,The Father gave in love;To save our souls, His Son He sent,Down from His throne above. What other good and...[ abbreviated | read entire ]