1 Cor. 7:14
1 Cor. 15:22
1 Cor. 15:52
1 John 1:9
1 John 2:2
- Philippians 4:3
- ". . . my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life."
- This passage is used to support the idea that the faithful sheep are known by the good Shepherd, hence in the resurrection there is no need for judgment as candidates for eternal life. Since their names are written in the book of life, these faithful come forth from their graves immortal.
- Names of the faithful are written in the book of life, but names can also be removed from the book of life. (Rev. 3:5). It is the purpose of the Judgment to make manifest which names have been retained and which deleted.
- One cannot know for certain whether he is in fact a sheep or goat until the Judgment Seat of Christ. Many passages emphasize this. Consider the following:
- The Laodiceans considered themselves rich, increased with goods and in need of nothing. From the divine point of view, they were "wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked." (Rev. 3:17).
- Many are to come in the Day of Judgment and say: "Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?" And then he will profess unto them, "I never knew you . . . " (Matt. 7:22-23).
- In the parable of the sheep and goats, some of those who thought they were sheep, found out they were goats. (Matt. 25:31-46).
- It was the Apostle Paul, the recipient of an abundance of visions, (2 Cor. 12:7), who at the end of his life could say, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith . . . " (2 Tim. 4:7). Caution should be exercised in assessing one's spiritual standing with the same confidence as did the Apostle Paul. The Apostle had earlier written, "I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted." (1 Cor. 4:4, R.S.V.). He also wrote: "Therefore, judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God." (1 Cor. 4:5).
- God, of course, knows whose names are retained in the book of life and whose names are not. The believer is commanded not to judge; it is the Lord Jesus Christ who makes manifest the verdict.