The Book of Life

Exploring Key Words


Principle for Bible Reading

When you come across an important word or phrase in your reading, stop to search for other uses of that same word or phrase. Look first within the book you’re reading, then within the same author, then in the rest of the Bible. In this lab, John Piper briefly looks at six different verses to better understand the Book of Life.

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Outline

Introduction/Prayer (00:00–01:02)

What is the Book of Life?
What does it mean to have our names there?
Can our names be erased from the Book?

Observations (01:02–09:33)

  1. Revelation 20:12, 15 — Being written in the Book is to have eternal life. (00:59–03:27)
  2. Revelation 21:27 — Being written in the Book means you enter the city of God. (03:27–04:14)
  3. Revelation 3:5 — God will not blot out the one who endures to the end from the Book. (04:14–05:18)
  4. Revelation 13:8 — Those who worship the beast were never written in the Book. (05:18–06:53)
  5. Revelation 17:8 — Again, those who marvel at the beast were never written in the Book. (06:53–08:47)
  6. Luke 10:20 —Our whole security from hell and the things that send us to hell is found in our names being written in the Book. (08:47–09:33)


Study Questions

  1. From the verses above, what does it mean to have our names written in the Book of Life?
  2. Take the six passages and restate in your own words what each says about the Book of Life.
  3. What do Revelation 13:8 and 17:8 say about people who are written in the Book of Life?
Piper: “Rejoice that your name is written in the Book of Life because therein lies your whole security.”