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How do I know my name is written in The Book of Life?

There is this list.  This list hasn’t earned the superlative ranks we call Oscar’s, Santa’s, Schindler’s, Craig’s, America’s Most Wanted, or My Bucket…but the day will be upon us sooner or later where this list will be parallel to none.

In the Bible, specifically Luke 10:20, Jesus said to a group of His Disciples, “Rejoice that your names are written in Heaven.”  Specifically in the Book of Revelation chapter 3 verse 5, the list is mentioned again, “They who overcome will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase their name from the book of life, and I will confess their name before My Father and before His angels.”  

Book of Life

Every human being has been given a gift…our names have been written in THE Book of Life.  Every person that Jesus died for has their name written in this Book of Life.  What a gift! You didn’t earn having your name penciled in. You are not so outstanding that your name got written in, and other’s, who didn’t put in the work ethic like you, did not.

This is no human standard’s list.  No, this list has written on it every name that the Blood of Jesus was shed for.  This list contains every name that was ever knit together in a mother’s womb, plus Adam and Eve.  Every human, from the beginning of time, has their name written in this book. Jesus’s death, His obedience to the Father, secured your name being written on The List.  You weren’t asked, and you did not earn it. You aren’t capable of earning such an entry in The Book of Life.


Be warned. Every name is written in pencil. Please note, in the Revelation passage above, the critical words, “overcome”, and  “not erase”.

To keep the free gift of having your name written in The Book of Life, the only thing required of you is to LOVE JESUS.  Jesus said, and it’s recorded in John 14:15, “If you love Me, obey Me.”

It’s a fair standard.  This standard is the exact same standard the Father requested of Jesus, as He was sent to become one of us, and live in obedience to the Father’s commands on earth.  Such a request to Jesus from the Father, killed Him.  He laid down His life.  He laid down His own desires. (Don’t forget Jesus asked the Father, in the Garden of Gethsemane, to find another way to pay for our sins.) God didn’t change his way, so… Jesus obeyed and laid down His own desires, to honor the Father’s desires.  Jesus, did all that was necessary to Love/Obey the Father, specifically this, “NOT MY WILL BE DONE, BUT YOUR’S”.

Jesus referred a lot to laying down your own life, picking up your cross, suffering for Him, etc. He earned the right to command such of us. Your life is not yours.  Your desires are not your God, Jesus is.

Keep your name written in the Book of Life.  Our life choices influence the great eraser mentioned in Revelation 3:5.

Speaking of lists…is the list below full of items that are worth doing so as to cause “The Great Eraser” to erase our name from The List?


My goodness…that list could go on for eternity. Did you read that list and think to yourself, “Impossible…My name is going to be erased…there is no way I can live my life free of those…”

First, let me challenge you with this.  Re-read that list again and ask yourself which ones on the list you HAVE to commit?  Which of the listed, or unlisted items, are you FORCED to do today or tomorrow, or the next?  Never forget the Bible verse that says, through Jesus, we can do all things. Never forget that those who confess Jesus as Lord of their lives, are titled OVERCOMERS, and CONQUERORS, and VICTORIOUS!

When Jesus said, “If you love me, obey me.”  Repenting and confessing your sins are things we do to obey Jesus.

My challenge is this…have your repented of your sins?  To repent doesn’t mean to simply say “sorry” like an apathetic child, who called his sister a bad name, and then was told by a parent to apologize.  No, to repent means to stop and go the opposite direction. 

The Bible says in Acts 2:38, “Repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”  Receiving the Holy Spirit is what gives you the strength to witness your name NOT being ERASED from The Book of Life.  The Holy Spirit is what gives you the strength to be what I wrote above…overcomers, conquerors, and victorious ones.

Ultimately…you have a choice of what you want to be a slave to…Be a slave to the obedience/love of Jesus, not a slave to the sins of this world.  What sin is so fulfilling that if it ultimately means having your name erased from The Book of Life…you will say to yourself, “That was worth it!!”?

This post, should strike a little fear in our hearts and lives.  The Bible, written in Proverbs 9:10 says, “Fear of the Lord, is the beginning of wisdom.”  What do you need to repent and confess of? If you have been keeping secrets and living in sin…Get on your knees before God and stop the sin you are commiting, confess it all to Him, and work diligently the rest of your life to live a forgiven and free life!

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins, and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

It will be a very cool day, when you stand in line to meet The Creator of the Sun, Moon, and the Stars, receive a handshake and hug, watch The Book of Life be opened to where your name is written, and be told, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

There are two great eraser opportunities while our hearts still beat.

The first is to live our lives selfishly by ignoring the commands of Jesus, and thus erasing our names from the Book of Life.

The second and best opportunity is to dedicate our lives to the Teachings and Commands of Jesus, thus erasing the sins in our lives, through His blood sacrifice, so that we can be forgiven and remain in the Book of Life for all eternity.

If I can personally help you give your life to Jesus, please just ask in the comments section or email me and I’ll do all that I can to walk with you through such a life changing decision.


  • Reply Scott Mathis |

    Over the last 5 years this has been the bulk of my discussions with people. Sometimes I feel like I’m banging my head on the wall.

    It’s sad when a church only teaches saved by grace and misses the warning of without repentance there is the possibility of your name being erased.

    I think churches that too much grace are misleading people. Grace is not getting the punishment you deserve. It doesn’t allow someone to keep living a disobedient life of Gods teachings. There are to many warnings in the bible to not keep an open ear to it. Hebrews 10 speaks on this subject. I had a discussion with another Pastor at my last church and he argued Hebrews didn’t apply to Christians today. I gave up talking to him.

    • Reply Trent |

      It is very frustrating what has happened in the average Church and it’s not just in America. I call it the “Epic Grace” movement is out of control. Jesus said, “Narrow is the road.” I’m sure He meant it.

  • Reply Cheryl Whitlock |

    I prayed for 3 weeks for a vision to see what my name looked like in The Lambs’ book of LIFE. God showed me. It was my signature, first name only, in cursive, written in Jesus blood!! How much more personal can you get!!! It was wonderful to finally know! I had searched the internet but never found the answer! Oh…and blood can’t be erased.

    • Reply Trent |

      Thank you, Cheryl for your comment. I appreciate it. That’s a very cool vision you had. God is good. Faithfulness to the teachings and commands of Jesus is the good life. I’d say Jesus’s blood is the best permanent ink possible! 🙂 Lets serve Him all our lives.

    • Reply Jeremy |

      I had a dream that a word was being erased in a book, and then being rewritten in im scared that my name was erased from the book of life.

      • Reply Trent |

        Thank you for your comments. I cannot speak for God on how and who He speaks to. God is loving and kind and very patient with every single one of us. If I were in your shoes, I’d consider how my life is being lived. I would verify with the Holy Bible how God asks me to live and I would diligently pursue that kind of life. God wants you to identify by who He says you are. He then wants to interact with you on a minute by minute basis. God loves you immensely and wants you to spend eternity with Him. In the Bible, it is recorded in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive us of our sins.” That’s pretty powerful and God is of such integrity that He will follow what His Word says. So, if something in your life is not as you know God would want it, then I would encourage you to simply to talk to God like you talk to a close friend. Confess anything to Him and ask His forgiveness and He will. Then pursue to live for Him all your life. Its that simple, but it’ll be the hardest thing you’ve ever done. Your future and eternity are all in the Hands of Jesus and you. He died for you, now you live for Him. If I can help you with that, please ask. I promise to tell you only what Scripture says, and leave my own opinion out.

  • Reply Jessica |

    I feel like I’ve been winning for years but haven’t lost my faith. I just feel like I even got my named erased. Last night I had a dream and a baphomet was in it. I’m so confused.

    • Reply Trent |

      Hey Jessica, God is kind and patient and is always waiting for us to come to Him with a heart of repentance, faithfulness and love. None of us are good enough to be accepted by God, so we go through Jesus and we imperfectly work to honor Him. We can rest in that and Him. The best way to know that we are written in the Lamb’s book of Life is to actually be focused on it. God loves you Jessica. Just keep going to Him.

  • Reply Susan |

    i want my name written in the book of life i have so much confussion i want to learn so bad i want to understand god will & purpose for my life.im tire of being confused all the time i try with all my might to please god but sometimes i feel i just fall short i know im not perfect.i keep reading the sinner prayer telling god im truly truly sorry for everything.i tryied my best with my mother last wish but i feel i felled her in some with her parents i tired my hardest with them i gave everything i had with in me to help them.when i was in the hospital for gallbladder surgery i seen the devil & he said i was his i don’t want to go to hell dear lord i want more than ever to be with the god.im just starting out in my learning his word in his bible & im struggling badly i need help my reading is bad words are hard to understand im scared i don’t know where to turn my walking is not the best i don’t have much to give god kingdom through the church.but I’ve tired to help others as much as i can.people has made funny of me of the way i dress & look @ church.sometimes its hard to face them but then i hear a small voice in my head say come on child come a warship me so i go to church even thou i sometimes get look @ an made fun of.the bible was barely talk about in our family my mother was beaten for trying to read it badly by her mother i never got much time with my mother but she told me in one last word find someone that will help you understand the bible book.

    • Reply Trent |

      Hello Susan,
      Thank you for commenting. Your comments are actually very encouraging, even though your emotion reads like you are a bit afraid of God. Something to think about… The Bible says…“The beginning of wisdom, is fear of the Lord.” Now…that doesn’t mean we have to be afraid. By fear, it means deep respect. You seem to display a deep respect for God and I would encourage you to make sure that emotion is not being afraid of God. God loves you so very deeply. He is full of kindness, love, and incredible patience. God chose to sacrifice Jesus instead of you and me. That sacrifice of Jesus is what paid for our sins and now God asks of us to submit to Jesus as the ultimate leader of our lives. You are doing the right thing by reading your Bible. Spend more time reading through the books Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. When you are finished there, read the book of Acts, and then read Philippians. Now, you mention that you are not good with words/reading…that’s okay…take your time. I would encourage you to get the Bible Translation called, The New Living Translation. It is an accurate translation and is an easier language to read. The words will make more sense to you. I am here to help you if you’d like. Any questions you have, please just ask. I’m grateful you are working to grow in your relationship with Jesus. That very fact is the beginning of making sure your name is recorded in the book of life. I’m proud of you. Don’t grow weary. Read a little everyday. Do what Jesus says. You’ll be grateful for eternity. Trent

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