Name on the Roll

Name on the Roll

On Wednesday, October 13th, my wife and I had the opportunity of experiencing one of life’s greatest miracles – the birth of our third child – Kalli Grace.  Those who have been through the post-birth process of your child know that often it can be tiresome.  In fact, as I type this post, I find myself sitting on a couch-bed combo adjacent to the hospital bed where my wife has been for several days (I know – no sympathy for the Dad – I know the drill).

After the birth, many different things have taken place with our daughter.  She has had tests, shots, more tests, antibiotics, and somewhere in between – she has managed to eat and fill a good number of diapers for us.  However, on Wednesday afternoon after the birth of our daughter, my wife was asked to fill out several papers for her birth certificate and Social Security information.  They needed her name on roll.  That required my wife writing down her name on the papers for official record keeping purposes.  It didn’t take long, and it was finished!  At that moment it became official – her name was Kalli Grace Buice!

At this very moment, somewhere between the hand written pages filled out by my wife and the digital information world – Kalli Grace Buice is being placed in the system of the United States Social Security world whereby she will be recognized as a citizen of this nation and issued a card that bears her official name and a unique id known to us as a Social Security number.As I considered this process, I was reminded of the wonderful truth that all Christians have their names written down in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  Our nation is never promised to continue on as it has in years past and somewhere in the future a microchip may be used for human identification rather than an old fashioned Social Security card and number.  Although things may one day change as it relates to our United States identification, we have a promise that a book is kept by God that bears all of the names of those who are saved by the grace of God.Recently, I was listening to an evangelist preach at an area wide crusade and he made an interesting statement.  He said, “this week, we have witnessed 59 new names written down in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”  As I listened, I thought that perhaps he was mistaken.  So, I continued to listen intently.  He continually repeated that same phrase.  According to this well meaning evangelist – God was either writing down the name Himself or having an angel write down the new names of every person who was being saved during the evangelistic meeting.  Is that what the Bible says?

Before God created the world, He made sure that every name of those who would be saved by His grace was written down in a book!  That is much different than the scene in our hospital room.  It’s also much different from what the evangelist was saying at the crusade.  Revelation 17:8 says, “The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to rise from the bottomless pit and go to destruction. And the dwellers on earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will marvel to see the beast, because it was and is not and is to come.” (ESV).  Although Revelation 17:8 is not devoted to the subject of the Lamb’s Book of Life, it records a bit of information that is often overlooked!  According to this verse of Scripture, all of the names that are written down in the Lamb’s Book of Life are not added daily as people are saved by the grace of God.  Instead, all of the names of people – past, present, and future who are saved by the grace of God were recorded down in the pages of God’s book before He created the world.

What a powerful truth!  My wife and I didn’t know with a good measure of certainty what our daughter’s name would be just a few weeks ago – much less what we would write down on her official hospital papers for her birth certificate and Social Security records.  God, with full knowledge and sovereignty, actually recorded all of the names of His children in a book before He uttered the famous words, “Let there be light (Genesis 1:3).”  This truth helps us see the doctrine of election (Eph. 1:4, 2 Thess. 2:13, Jeremiah 1:5, and Romans 8:29-30) and the doctrine of eternal security (John 3:16, 3:36, and 10:28-29).  The truth that God wrote down our name in the Lamb’s Book of Life before the foundation of the world should cause us to praise Him for our wonderful salvation!In the end, because of the rich mercy of God, I have complete assurance of my salvation!  Prior to being saved, I wasn’t aware of the fact that God penned down my name in the Lamb’s Book of Life before the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8, 17:8).  It wasn’t until after my salvation and through the study of Scripture that I became aware of this tiny truth of great importance.  Because of this truth, I can sing:

On that bright and cloudless morning when the dead in Christ shall rise,And the glory of His resurrection share;When His chosen ones shall gather to their home beyond the skies,And the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.

When the roll, is called up yon-der,When the roll, is called up yon-der,When the roll, is called up yon-der,When the roll is called up yonder I’ll be there.

For the glory of Christ!

Pastor Josh Buice