Low in the grave He lay

Low in the grave He lay,
Jesus, my Savior,
Waiting the coming day,
Jesus, my Lord!

Refrain:
Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes,
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever, with His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose!
Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Vainly they watch His bed,
Jesus, my Savior;
Vainly they seal the dead,
Jesus, my Lord!

Death cannot keep his Prey,
Jesus, my Savior;
He tore the bars away,
Jesus, my Lord!

Ronert Lowry (1874)
Updated: 23 Sep 2018

 

What is the difference between the Lamb's book of life and the Book of life?

Confusion over the Lamb’s Book of Life and the Book of Life

The Question

The question concern the differences between two books that have very similar names: the Book of Life and the Lamb’s Book of Life. It is because they have similar names, along with doctrinal error about election, these two books are confused.

Confounding factors

When undertaking a study of any type one must be vigilant to collect information about what scientists call confounding factors. These are matters, or things, or actions or results that might obscure or change the observation we are making. When reading about these two books there are two confounding factors or elements that must be considered:

Eternal security – The Bible shows absolutely, in particular in the Letter to the Romans (Romans) that any person believing on the Lord Jesus Christ is saved, and that salvation is everlasting. Put another way, and in terms of the Saviour – Jesus Christ, the sacrifice he made on the cross has paid our debt in full for past, current and future sin.  Eternal security has bearing on the question because someone saved, and thus having eternal security, cannot have his or her name blotted out or removed from any list, in particular one that lists the saved.

Election – concerns the action of God for a person in relation to their salvation before the creation of this world. To an unbeliever election is totally obscured and is meaningless. For the believer, in their maturity, realisation of their status of being elected will humble them before God. Election has a bearing on the question because an elected person cannot be removed from any list, which lists those saved. Election of those that will be saved occurred before the world was created – this status cannot be changed. [1]

Observations

The Book of Life

The Book of Life contains the names of every person who was or will be born according to the Psalmist, David.

Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
(Psalms 139:16a).

Note the small word “all”. The context is plain – it means everyone. Thus this book cannot be a book of elected persons, because, since every soul is recorded in the book and the Bible states some will not be saved, it would contract the Bible’s definition of election (which only pertains to saved persons). That a name can be blotted, or removed, from the Book of Life, we find to be true, evidenced by Revelation 3:5.

He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. (Revelation 3:5)

The verse states God will not blot out a certain class of persons from the Book of Life. This means there must be at least one other class of persons that will be blotted out. Note the affirmation: ‘not to have’ one’s name removed, thus logic dictates that names must be able to be removed from the Book of Life. The class that will not have their names removed are those that are saved, and the class blotted out are the unbelievers. And again Scripture confirms this – Psalm 69:28 speaks, not about those that are saved, but about the wicked and those of iniquity who will have their names blotted out:

Let them [those full of iniquity] be blotted out of the book of the living,
And not be written with the righteous. (Psalms 69:28)

The Lamb’s Book of Life

Another book is also mentioned in Revelation, and only in Revelation; and it is clear why this is so. This is because this book contains the names of every individual that is, and will be, born again, and in particular in the context of those that will not worship the Antichrist (whose actions are spelt out in the Book of Revelation).[2]

All who dwell on the earth will worship him [the Antichrist], whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb Slain from the foundation of the world. (Revelation 13:8)

In this book we have the names of every person who has been created, and thus given a soul, and who is saved (born again). It is this class of person who will not worship the Beast. In other terms, these are the elect of God, because these names were written before the foundation of the world and are saved. Revelation 17:8 tells us these will not worship the Antichrist, i.e. beast.

The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life [of the Lamb who was slain] from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. (Revelation 17:8)

Note that again, like chapter 13, the writer indicates the names were written in the book from the foundation of the world, emphasising these are the elect of God.

Other names for the Lamb’s Book of Life

We have learnt that The Lamb’s Book of Life is not the Book of Life. We also learn that the Psalmist in Psalm 69 calls The Lamb’s Book of Life the Book of the Righteous. This makes sense, because spiritually anyone not saved (and thus has not been elected) is dead; dead in their trespasses (Ephesians 2:1, 5; Col 2:13) – indeed dead men and women walking because they will be cast into Hell (Revelation 20:15) – BUT those that are saved are made righteous by the blood of Jesus Christ (Romans 3:21, 25) – and their names are in a list of the righteous (and are therefore the elect of God (1 Peter 1:2)).

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

Summary

The Lamb’s Book of Life, is the book of the elect and contains only the names of those who are born again. And because salvation is eternally sure (the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ is sufficient for all), no-one can be blotted out of this book. Furthermore, the only reason they can be elected is because of the atoning work of Christ who offered a perfect sacrifice – for this reason the book is referred to as the Lamb’s Book of Life (see also 1 Peter 1:19) – more correctly the Slain Lamb’s Book of Life. On the other hand the Book of Life is the list of everyone created and thus given a soul – in essence a list of all souls[3]>. Many (most) will have their name blotted out, because they have not put their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ believed in him (John 3:16; Romans 3:21-31 etc.) - they will be cast into the lake of fire, called Hell.

References

[1] To understand Election read: < http://www.life-everlasting.net/frontpage/frontpage_getarticle.php?id=235 > Landmarks and Stumbling-blocks: The Doctrine of Election Misplaced (CH Mackintosh)

[2] Note the context is unambiguous – anyone worshiping the Beast (Antichrist) is lost forever – there is no going back – it confirms their sinful state and alienation from God. For this reasons, they cannot possibly be of the elect of God, and therefore their names cannot be found in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

[3] Since Book of Life is a book of all souls, it makes a mockery of abortion – the book will contain a vast list, at least from this country, who were murdered before they were born.

David L Simon (9 September 2018)
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David L Simon
Updated: 09 Sep 2018

 

What is your hope?

Reader, what is your hope about your soul? Have you any, or have you none? Can you tell me in what way you expect to be accounted righteousness before God?:

Depend upon it, these are very serious questions. You and I are dying men. After death comes the judgment. What is your hope of acquittal in that solemn day? What are we going to plead on our behalf before God?

Shall we say that we have done our duty to God? Shall we say that we have done our duty to our neighbor? Shall we bring forward our prayers, our good works, our morality, our church going, our amendments? Shall we ask to be accepted by God for any of these things?

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J C Ryle (1816 - 1900) Sermons of Ryle
Updated: 09 Sep 2018

 

It is well with my soul (When peace...)

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Refrain

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

Refrain

My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought—
My sin—not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

Refrain

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

Refrain

But, Lord, ‘tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh trump of the angel! Oh voice of the Lord!
Blessèd hope, blessèd rest of my soul!

Refrain

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so—it is well with my soul.

Horatio G Spafford (1828-1888)
Updated: 19 Aug 2018

 

Never

The use of the word in a few places of Scripture

The Greek language employs at times a double negative[1], greatly intensifying the force of the expression used; and when the matter asserted involves a question of duration, the addition of a phrase significant of eternity takes away from such duration all limit whatever.[2]

There are some six places in the New Testament where we get the negative with a term of eternity attached, in five of which the negative is doubled. The places are Mark 3:29; John 4:14; 8:51; 10:28; 11:26; 13:8. Passing by the last of these, we may look at the other five; and we shall, I believe, be led thereby to adore afresh the gracious Spirit who wrote these things for our learning, that we, through patience and comfort of the Scriptures, might have hope.

John 4:14 says, "Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never (οὐ μὴ) thirst.” One might perhaps show the exact force of the expression used thus - "shall not, no, he shall not thirst for ever." The drinking and the fresh, full satisfaction from the ceaseless, boundless supply continue for ever and ever.

John 8:51 has it, "If a man keep My word, he shall never (οὐ μὴ) see death" - "he shall not, no, he shall not see death for ever." Such is the power of the word of Christ received, retained, and observed; it conveys to the receiver, and effects in him its own object, with vigour which even eternity does not diminish. "The words which I speak unto you," says the Lord, "they are spirit and they are life." Whosoever has been laid hold of by them must, through their operation within him, have life co-existent with the words by which he has been laid hold. They impart to him their own character.

In John 10:28 we have, "And I give them eternal life, and they shall never (οὐ μὴ) perish", thus "they shall not, they shall not, perish for ever." The acquisition of eternal life, as given by the Second Man, the quickening Spirit, is accompanied with the complete impossibility of perishing. This is a life which never wanes, never decays. He who imparts it is Himself its source and supply. That which He gives must, alike with that which He speaks, be in correspondence with Himself. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

So once more in John 11:26, "Everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never (οὐ μὴ) die" - "never, never die."

Thus are these words of the Lord Jesus Christ presented to us like His "most assuredly” (verily, verily in the KJV - ἀμὴν ἀμὴν e.g. John 5:24) a duplicated witness, a confirmation with an oath of the acceptance and security of all to whom they refer. "Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift."

Of course one does not need “no not” for the Holy Spirit to stay “never” – there are other forms of the Greek.[3]

In Mark 3:29 we read, “but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never (οὐκ ἔχει - will not) has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation". Here we do not have a double negative but rather “not” that denies absolutely and categorically. The attribution to Satan of the works of Christ involved those who made it in eternal sin - sin from the judgment of which there was no escape.

 

Modified from The Christian's Friend (1898): "Never" ANON

References

[1] οὐ (ou – this is the basic Greek particle that represents some form of “no” or “not” in our English translations, as well as a multiple form of combinations that reflect the negative in some form or other.
μη (me) – this is the other Greek particle that represents “no” or “not,” and it too has a variety of forms that it occurs in reflecting the negative. However, there is a difference in the application of ο? (ou) and µ? (me).
Thayer notes: that οὐ denies the thing itself (or to speak technically, denies simply, absolutely, categorically, directly, objectively), but μη denies the thought of the thing.
http://blogs.blueletterbible.org/blb/2012/05/23/emphatic-negations-in-biblical-greek/ (accessed July 2018).

[2] William Mounce explains that οὐ μὴ (ou me) does not mean ‘never’ in and of itself. However, when you have οὐ μὴ in combination with the aorist subjunctive, it is implied that something cannot ever happen. https://www.billmounce.com/monday-with-mounce/translating-all-the-words-scripture-matt-24-34 (accessed July 2018)
The double negative appears in 80 verses in the New Testament. One which all Christians hold to is: Hebrews 10:17 - "their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more" being the essence of the gospel.

[3] In the original article the author implies a οὐ μὴ in Mark 3 when it is not so – however οὐκ can be rendered "no, not". The Greek reads: , οὐκ ἔχει ἄφεσιν εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα (transliterated: never has forgiveness to the eternity [or all time])

David L Simon (January 2016)
Notes\The use of the word Never in the New Testament

David L Simon
Updated: 22 Jul 2018

 

What should the Church be Concerned About?

The concern of the Church is preaching the gospel not changing political, economic or social structures of this world

Don’t get me wrong; each and every Christian must be concerned with the immorality that underpins the political, economic and social structures of our culture, and so called, civilized way-of-life. The abysmal birth control method, that so often arises following some short unthinking pleasure ending in a pregnancy which is terminated by killing the offspring, must be a concern of every Christian. However, as will be stated here the Church has no ability to stop abortions, per se. It does however have the responsibility and ability of bringing the gospel to each individual

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? (Romans 10:14).

It is the Holy Spirit that frees a person from sin and thus immorality because of the work of Jesus Christ on the cross.  And furthermore, without regeneration – which is re-birth – immorality will reign in our bodies (Romans 5:21) – the consequence being the evil we view each day.

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David L Simon
Updated: 20 May 2018

 

Praise the Saviour, ye who know Him!

Praise the Saviour, ye who know Him!
Who can tell how much we owe Him?
Gladly let us render to Him
All we are and have.

Jesus is the name that charms us;
He for conflicts fits and arms us;
Nothing moves and nothing harms us
When we trust in Him.

Trust in Him, ye saints, forever;
He is faithful, changing never;
Neither force nor guile can sever
Those He loves from Him.

Keep us, Lord, oh, keep us cleaving
To Thyself and still believing,
Till the hour of Thy receiving
The victorious Bride.

Then we shall be where we would be;
Then we shall be what we should be;
Things which are not now, nor could be,
Then shall be our own.

Thomas Kelly (1806)
Updated: 18 Sep 2017

 

What Happens Next in the Word's History

A Bible Perspective from Thessalonians

Current: Church Age – Waiting for the Return of Yeshua the Messiah – Jesus Christ

For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.
And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe.
For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything.
For they themselves declare [report] concerning us what manner of entry [reception you gave us] we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10

For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? 1 Thessalonians 2:19

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:23

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David L Simon
Updated: 11 Aug 2017

 

Is the Church taken to heaven before the Tribulation as JN Darby stated?

The rapture of the Church pre-tribulation

Response

Hold on! We need to deconstruct this question as it makes some assertions in amongst a couple of questions. The assertions I see are:

  1. J.N. Darby created the doctrine of the rapture of the church (the technical term for the church being taken to heaven), and he created the doctrine of pre-tribulation removal of the church.
  2. There is some doubt in the questioner’s mind as to whether or not the Church will go through the seven year period of tribulation, coming shortly, which ends with the Battle of Armageddon

The questions are:

  1. Is the Church taken to Heaven?
  2. When does this occur?
  3. One could also answer whether Darby found these answers.

A supplementary question

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David L Simon
Updated: 06 Aug 2017

 

Is there a Hell?

A Biblical Perspective

Short Answer

Take note God has two sides – one mercy, the other justice. The two go hand in hand; one cannot have one without the other. A just God exercises justice, impartially and fairly, a merciful God offers grace. One cannot have mercy without justice; they are mutual.

Grace provides salvation to all who are judged; and all have been judged. The Bible is adamant that sin must be dealt with by death; “the wages of sin is death”. God provided a substitute person to bear the punishment for our sin who is the Lord Jesus Christ. This Jesus was crucified for our sin, dying instead of you. Believing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God will save you.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:16-18

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David L Simon
Updated: 13 Mar 2017

 

Thine is the glory, Risen, conquering Son

Thine is the glory, risen, conqu'ring Son;
endless is the vict'ry Thou o’er death hast won.
Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave-clothes where Thy body lay.

Refrain:
Thine be the glory, risen, conqu'ring Son;
endless is the vict'ry Thou o’er death hast won.

Lo, Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb.
Lovingly He greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
let His church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,
for the Lord now liveth; death hath lost its sting.

Refrain

No more we doubt Thee, glorious Prince of life!
Life is nought without Thee; aid us in our strife;
make us more than conqu'rors, through Thy deathless love;
bring us safe through Jordan to Thy home above.

Refrain

Edmond Budry (1854–1932) [Hymn translated by Richard Hoyle]
Updated: 24 Aug 2018

 

Using this website

The weakness of any Christian website is the failure of the author to truly know the mind of God. His weakness due to sin (and there will be weaknesses) can always be revealed if checked against the Bible. Therefore, it is urged that anyone using this website must check the information against the Holy Scriptures - for the test of any such information, by any person, is measruing it against the Canon. For this reason the Canon is called simply that - deriving its name from 'cane' meaning measuring stick. Even the early Christians checked what the Apostle Paul had spoken against Scripture in order to test its veracity. You need to do the same.

Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Acts 17:11

Furthermore, we must test all things:

Test [prove] all things; hold fast what is good. 1 Thessalonians 5:22


Updated: 11 Feb 2017