God has a library, and He’s having it all written down, everything we do and say. (Re 20:12) Every idle word we speak, all our feelings, motives and thoughts, things we aren’t even aware we’re doing … it will all be publicly scrutinized. All is recorded there, nothing is forgotten, and we’ll answer for all we’ve done. (Mt 12:36)
I imagine this is quite a library, sufficient to record every act of every person who has ever lived. As our minds record everything we experience, making the more significant events available to us for our inspection and reflection, these books record all the same data, but make all of it available for everyone to inspect. (Mk 4:22) Nothing will be hidden (Mt 10:26); secrecy is an illusion, and a temporary one.
Yet there’s another book, The Book of Life (Php 4:3), or The Book of the Living, listing those who are righteous before God. (Ps 69:28) Some names are engraved into this book before Creation (Re 17:8), others are penciled in afterward, only to be finally blotted out (Ps 69:28) due to their ungodly lives. (Ps 69:26)
We should all rejoice that our names are written in the Book of Life (Lk 10:20), at least for now; it’s the precious token to every one of us that God is graciously willing to count any soul righteous that turns to Him in faith. Those who do so, who seek Him until they find Him (Is 55:6-7), the elect chosen from eternity past (Ep 1:4-5), are counted righteous (Ro 4:3), and will never be blotted out of the Book of Life. (Re 3:5)
It’s the only way to endure this searching, exhaustive, judgement, and avoid an eternally fiery end (Re 20:15), to be written into the Lamb’s book; everyone else is corrupt, polluted, unworthy to enter Paradise. (Re 21:27)
Let’s be diligent to make our calling and election sure. (2Pe 1:10) It isn’t so much what we know, as it is Who we know. To have eternal life is to know Him (Jn 17:3), and to be known by Him, (Mt 25:12), to be written permanently into the Lamb’s Book of Life.