“You must overcome the world or else you will be blotted out of the Book of Life”… Seriously?


Hi, I just want to write a very short note today. I am preparing for a trial at the moment and am hidden between documents and court papers. So, I am just going to write on something the Spirit is trying to show me. Many have written to me, saying “how can you say we cannot lose our salvation?”. Look at Revelation 22, the people there are  judge by what they did… and what they did placed them in the book of life. They also say “the only way to remain in the book of life is to overcome the world and Satan by obeying his commandments.”

Dear friends, it may shock you that I would say we are saved by work or deed.But it is based one piece of work. Jesus was asked once what do we have to do, to do the works of God. Jesus replied the work (singular) of God is to believe in the Son. But I am ahead of myself.

Lets look at Revelation 20.

Revelation 20

13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

Let’s read it again this time.

13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

From what I am reading, it seems that each person was judged according to what they had done. BUT! They are not thrown into the fire for what they did but because their names are not written in the book of life. Also notice these people are called the dead? They are also already in Hades. Are these people even believers? If so why are they in hell?

Ah but see, their names are not found in the book of life. You must get your name written in the book of life!!!! Only those who overcome the world can get their names there. Let’s look at these verses.

Revelation 3:5

New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)

He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.”

See we must overcome!!!

Dear friends, who is the author of Revelation? John. Would you like to see how one overcomes the world according to John?

1 John 2:13
I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, dear children, because you have known the Father.

1 John 4:4
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

1 John 5:4
for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

1 John 5:5
Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

Dear friends,

You overcome the evil one because you know the Father. You overcome the world because you HAVE the Holy Spirit. You overcome the world because you believe in the Son.

I am sorry I am wrong. I made a mistake. You did not overcome. YOU HAVE OVERCOMED!!! Sorry wrong grammar. OVERCAME! You get the point!

Dear friends, it would seem thus the words “what he had done” can only be concluded to be this. Did that person get his name written in the Lamb’s book of life? That is the only thing worth doing. The minute we confessed Jesus is Lord, our names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. 


    1. Romans 10:9
      9 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

      Check out the tense in the word confess.

  1. Since we have a free will, to choose to believe or not believe Jesus died and rose again as our Savior, do we lose that free will when we become a Christian? How do you deal with Pauls “shipwrecks of the faith”, Jesus’ parable of the seeds (Matthew 13:20-21 – The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away.), and Hebrews 6:4-6 (It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.)? I don’t believe you are saved by works so I don’t believe you can lose your salvation because of something you do. However, I believe you are save by choosing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31) and you can lose you salvation if you choose to no longer believe. You can walk away.

  2. I read this comment on another site below about the passage in Hebrews you mention. I do think we need to reexamine as the name of the blog goes.

    Hebrews 6:4-6: This passage has caused many to fear and to be in bondage. Many Christians believe as such when they have sinned greatly and are lost , making it is impossible to come back. It is helpful to note that the letter to the Hebrews is written to Jews and not Gentiles. As such any warnings which are issued are issued to them and not the Gentiles. Let us consider their story in Numbers and Deuteronomy.

    The Hebrews stood at the entrance of God’s physical rest –the Promised Land. This was after they witnessed the column of cloud in the day and bright fire in the night; the brightness of His glory on Mount Sinai; and the fire that consumed the rebels. The Hebrews saw His light –they were “enlightened”. (Exodus 13: 21-22, 2 Samuel 22: 7-13, Numbers 11: 1-3) They ate the daily bread –the manna– that He provided. The Hebrews tasted the food (“heavenly gift”) given from heaven to know about the word of God (Exodus 16: 11-18, 31, Deuteronomy 8: 1-4).The Holy Spirit that rested on Moses (so that he could fairly judge the disputes of the people) was later partaken (shared) with seventy leaders to help carrying the heavy burden. In this way, the people partook (shared) in the Holy Spirit (Numbers 11: 4-6, 10-17). The Spirit also rested on their kings ad prophets. We do not share the Holy Spirit. We possess the Holy Spirit (John 14:16)

    They saw supernatural events occur before their eyes –like the sea parting before them so they could escape from slavery and their enemies be destroyed (Exodus 14: 21-28). Those miracles were physical demonstrations of spiritual power yet to come through Jesus. But even after all of these, those stubborn people deliberately refused to go into the Land –God’s Promised Land of rest. That is what it means “by falling away” by constantly rejected Jesus as their Messiah. Hence please note it is written towards the unbelieving Jews. The passage is not about Jews or Gentiles who already believed. Rather it is a letter to Jews who were sitting on the fence.

    The promises which however which are made are available for the believer upon his belief. Therefore it does not talk about a believer that has gone away. It is possible to come back. The Father of the Prodigal Son proves that!

      1. It’s really good. I didn’t want to take credit for it or even paraphrase it.
        Regarding the article above on Revelation I’ve heard it pointed out that your name would have to be in the Book before it could be blotted out. Thus it would be my guess that everyone born into this world has their name in the Book. That’s why children don’t go to hell when they die. In short if the Lord is talking about blotting people’s names out who don’t overcome and also Moses spoke of the same thing then can we conclude He’s talking to sinners?

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