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The Book of Life ~ John C. Calkins

Posted: October 26th, 2016 | Category: belief, Eternity, Hope, Love, Promises, Spirituality | Comments

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The (Lambs) Book of Life (original edition) is the only book that I am aware of which has never been published or for that matter read by any of us. Yet this book is one which everyone with any spiritual bent has or should have heard of. It’s God’s book and it is referenced in many places throughout the Holy Bible. Biblical scholars have often presented God’s Book of Life as His muster-roll which lists for God’s eyes and use, all of those people who are considered righteous before the eyes of God. I think that is a nearly correct but a notably incomplete assessment. Have you ever wondered if your name is written down in The Book of Life? If you’ve read the Holy Bible, the chances are pretty good that you have thought about it. The correct question is not now and never has been “is my name written in The Book of Life,” but rather “will my name still be written in The Book of Life when I face the Lord?” Here’s the path of discovery which I followed to reach this conclusion. Revelation 20:15 NIV supports that “muster-roll” theory or understanding with “Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.” This is where the confusion begins. That said, there is very little scripture which suggests that this monumentally important “Book” is being freshly authored today. The writing (as such) was done eons ago. Even often referenced scripture like Malachi 3:16 NIV, which says “Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name” is at best open to interpretation. It seems to me that those present in that meeting made their own judgements and wrote their own scroll while God watched over them. Reliers on Malachi 3:16 alone seem to neglect or minimize all of the other Biblical references to The Book of Life which is not the same text referenced as the “scroll of remembrance“. I believe that The Book of Life is our story, complete and unabridged and that the scroll of remembrance may, to a few hopefuls, be more like marginal footnote in it. I believe that The Book of Life was first written with every name included and will end with just those names which were not erased or blotted out of the book. These corrective modifications to the book are the scripturally certified actions to be taken by God and are specifically referenced in Revelation 3:5, Exodus 32:33, and Psalm 69:27,28.

There are several other biblical references which support this ALL INCLUSIVE original edition conclusion. Pay particular attention to the time frames mentioned and underlined in the following verses; Revelation 13:8 NIVAll inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.Psalm 139:16 NIVYour eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book BEFORE one of them came to be.” and Revelation 17:8 NIV, “The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and yet will come up out of the Abyss and go to its destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because it once was, now is not, and yet will come.” The Book of Life, written during or before the creation of the world is the complete story behind that which has and will continue to unfold over our allowed lifetimes. Our choices or lack thereof will ultimately result in God appending His book as He sees fit.

Why is any of this even relevant or important? It is because God wants and planned ahead for ALL of His prospective children (that’s us) to be with Him in His Kingdom one day, but He left the ultimate decision on that ending up to us. Sometimes we get confused by other words or phrases like; those who believe, are called or have been chosen. The involves something else entirely. The original Life story included everybody who decides to be a part of God’s plan and follows His instructions. It’s that gift of free will thing that results in the modification of God’s story. Most good people take for granted that their names will be there when their time (of judgement) comes, regardless of what they do or do not do.  That’s flawed reasoning. Inclusion in this story is not based on  good behavior with a passive entry, it’s an active entry process. Yet it’s not what we do or don’t do, it’s who we choose or don’t choose which matters. Who we choose (our way or God’s way) activates what we do and ultimately what God does. God is the perfect author. Every character is accounted for. He wrote the whole book long before the play opened. The names of those who never choose or choose incorrectly are blotted out or erased from the book at a point which is known only to God. Those who choose correctly will NEVER be erased or blotted out of the book. Erased names have no desirable future beyond this life, while the remaining names have the brightest future ever. The Book of Life is our complete story, but the screenplay continues to unfold. Every character is carefully created, colorful and filled with life. Every scene and detail has been considered, every nuance weighed for both merit and contribution to the greatest story ever told. We each have a big part to play, the role of a lifetime. We can’t earn, plead or forge our names into The Book of Life, but we can choose to remain between it’s invisible covers by way of our right choices and God’s grace. Don’t miss the only opportunity of this lifetime. This is not a story of destiny, it’s a (true) story of love and choices. Nothing is automatic, everything is planned by God but we make the choices. God knows the ending even if we do not (yet). Choose the Lord and do as He instructs.

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Matchbox Soul ~ John C Calkins

Posted: December 16th, 2015 | Category: Christ Follower, Christmas, Faith, Hope, Inspirational, Love, miracles, Promises, Truth | Comments

What is the value of the soul? This elusive, invisible, romantic unknown is perceived by many as a sort of eternal chamber of secrets, longing for it’s mate, yet which opens up fully, only for God. I was listening to the classic holiday song, “Oh Holy Night” this morning, when two lines of it’s lyrics suddenly lit up for me. “Long lay the world in sin and error pining, till He appeared and the soul felt it’s worth.” What enables… read more

The Right Time ~ John C. Calkins

Posted: May 13th, 2015 | Category: Christ Follower, Faith, Hope, Inspirational, Promises | Comments (2)

For the longest time, I interpreted the parable of the laborers in the field with far too narrow of a focus. “Those hired at five o’clock came up and were each given a dollar. When those who were hired first saw that, they assumed they would get far more. But they got the same, each of them one dollar. Taking the dollar, they groused angrily to the manager, ‘These last workers put in only one easy hour, and you just… read more

Chosen? ~ JC Calkins

Posted: September 25th, 2014 | Category: Christ Follower, Promises | Comments

I suspect that we’ve all been chosen for something at some point in our lives. Stop and think about that for a few seconds… When that happens we generally tend to stand a little taller, at least when that which we’ve been chosen for, distinguishes us nicely from everyone else around us. There are also those occasions when we’ve been chosen (picked on, made an example of) for something just to make a point of rectification. An example of us,… read more

To Each His Own ~ JC Calkins

Posted: August 10th, 2014 | Category: Christ Follower, Disappointment, Inspirational, Promises, Prophecy, Truth | Comments (2)

To each his own. How we live our lives is the basis for the outcome of our lives. We do not control each and every aspect of our lives because we do not live alone in this world. We can not control others. We live with others, so we must often share the burdens that they create and deliver. The sharing of both burdens and blessings, is the charge of this life, which leads each of us to one gate… read more

Long Life ~ JC Calkins

Posted: August 6th, 2014 | Category: Promises, Truth | Comments

We were all little children and most have also been or will become very mature children, this commanding verse carries a lot of weight over a lot of years, but how many of us have even read it? This command looks down each family tree of genealogy but another following verse looks even further up that very same tree. “The command says, “You must respect your father and mother.” This is the first command that has a promise with it…. read more