Question 164

By: Robert Serreyn

Question? Is it true that a person’s name is placed in the Book of Life the moment they get saved?


That is the MOST generally assumed belief and teaching.

I am going to revel a truth that is rarely and seldom taught today concerning when a person’s name IS PLACED in the Book of Life.

God says in 2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Repentance is the Greek word METANOIA and it means a “Change of Mind”

God wants a person to CHANGE THEIR MIND from what they thought what would get them to heaven.

In Example:

– Be baptized as an adult or infant.
– Be confirmed.
– Ask Jesus into their life or heart.
– Make Christ Lord of their life.
– Doing good or religious deeds or merit.
– Going foward in a church….Ect, Ect, Ect…

To TRUSTING ALONE in the finished work of Jesus Christ ( his Death,Burial & Resurrection) and his complete payment on the cross for their sins.

(John 19:30) When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

The answer to the question is, God at conception gives EVERYBODY a head start, as it says in 2 Peter 3:9 that God IS NOT willing that ANY should perish, and that ALL SHOULD come to repentance (change of mind – Metanoia).

– TAKE NOTICE the Key Words “SHOULD” and SHOULD COME, meaning that NOT ALL will by their OWN free will trust alone Jesus Christ as their saviour the one WHO Died, shed his blood on the cross, was Buried and Resurrected from the grave 3 days later for them.

When a person is CONCIEVED in the womb (where the sperm and the egg combine together) God at that MOMENT writes that person’s name in the Book of Life, Psalms 139:16 gives proof of this.

Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

“In Thy Book” is in reference to the Book of Life of Revelation 20:15, as I said earlier above, God gives everybody head start.

A person’s name is REMOVED from the Book of Life AT DEATH if that person HAD NOT trusted alone in Christ for salvation BY NOT believing that Jesus Died, was Buried, and Resurrected as the complete payment for their sins.

(Psalms 69:28) Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.

(Revelation 20:15) And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

(John 3:36) He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

This very seldom taught truth MIGHT BE a shock to some, and REJECTED by many, but this is THE TRUTH from God’s Word.

My position on the matter is:

God wrote it , I believe it, That settles it…

The MOST IMPORTANT thing to know IS Jesus Christ as savior, just simply believe that Jesus Christ went to the cross and DIED and shed his blood, was BURIED and three days later RESURRECTED from the dead to pay for your sins.

-Christ DIED for you – Romans 5:8

-Christ PAID your sins in full – 2 Corinthians 5:21,1 Peter 2:24

-BELIEVE (Trust In Completely) in Christ ALONE as the complete payment of sin for salvation – John 3:16, Acts 16:31, Ephesians 2:8,9

“For the wages(payment) of sin is death (eternal torment in hell); but the GIFT(salvation) of God is eternal life THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord”. Romans 6:23