Revelation Chapter 3: 5

Revelation 3:5 “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.”

“See article Book of life”: A divine journal records the names of all those whom God has chosen to save and who, therefore, are to possess eternal life (13:8; 17:8; 20:12, 15; 21:27; 22:19; Dan. 12:1; Luke 10:20). Under no circumstances will He erase those names (see note on Phil. 4:3), as city officials often did of undesirable people on their rolls.

This is one of the greatest promises in the Bible. We must Overcome the world and its teachings to inherit eternal life. If we do overcome, our name will be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, which will insure us eternal life in heaven with Jesus.

If we confess Jesus before men, He will confess us before His Father. Jesus is the Judge. We stand or fall by His command.

You see from the statement above that overcoming is not a bed of roses, but a battle. Jesus won the war. We must enlist in this army of Jesus. We must fight to the death, if necessary, for the principles He has taught us in the Bible.

Be strong; do not be led away by all these new teachings of heaven on earth before Jesus comes. The only time the earth will be like heaven is the 1000 year reign of Jesus here (see Rev. chapter 20). Withstand the devil and he will flee from you. Be part of the elect who cannot be deceived.

Revelation 3:5 – He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments…

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All overcomers, those who believe Jesus is the Son of God (1 John 5:4-5), they lose their defiled garments upon salvation, as illustrated by Joshua the high priest in the last section (Zechariah 3:1-4). In the Kingdom, overcomers will wear white garments. This includes believers of all dispensations, as we will see in later studies:

Revelation 4:4 – Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads.

Revelation 6:11 – And there was given them to each one [Tribulation martyr] a white robe; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little time, until their fellow-servants also and their brethren, who should be killed even as they were, should have fulfilled their course.

Revelation 7:9 – After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands.

Revelation 19:14 – And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.

Recall from Revelation 1:14, white represents cleansing from sin:

Isaiah 1:18 – “Come now, and let us reason together,” says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

Psalms 51:5-7 – Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me. Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Cleansing from sin is possible only by the blood of the Lamb:

Revelation 7:13-14 – Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?” And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”

Atonement means that our sins are “covered.” Therefore, being clothed with a garment, symbolizes the covering of our sin with the blood of the Lamb:

Exodus 30:10 – And Aaron shall make atonement upon the horns of it once in the year; with the blood of the sin – offering of atonement once in the year shall he make atonement for it throughout your generations: it is most holy unto Jehovah.

Hebrews 9:11-14 – But Christ having come a high priest of the good things to come, through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation, nor yet through the blood of goats and calves, but through his own blood, entered in once for all into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling them that have been defiled, sanctify unto the cleanness of the flesh: how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish unto God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

God will not blot out the names of overcomers, or believers from the “Book of Life,” which suggests that everyone’s name was initially written in the book, but those who are not saved are blotted out. If this is true, then a person is presumably blotted out of the “Book of Life” if they reject Christ before they die. However, the following verses suggest that there is another group of people whose names were never written in the “Book of Life”:

Revelation 13:8 – All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Revelation 17:8 – 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 from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

The structure of the verbs in both verses in the Greek are identical and literally read “have not been written,” which means the names of those who reject Christ and worship the beast during the Tribulation were never written in the “Book of Life.” This brings up a question whether there are two books with names written in them, or if there are three groups of people: the saved, the unsaved who reject Christ and are blotted out, and the unsaved who reject Christ and worship the beast and were never written in the book. If the latter is true, why are some who reject Christ written in the “Book of Life” at all if the end result is the same whether they are blotted out or never written in the book in the first place? The following interpretation in favor of two books resolves this issue:

 

Christ further promises every true Christian that He will not erase his name from the book of life, but will confess his name before the Father and before His angels. Incredibly, although the text says just the opposite, some people assume that this verse teaches that a Christian’s name can be erased from the book of life. They thus foolishly turn a promise into a threat. Exodus 32:33, it is argued by some, supports the idea that God may remove someone’s name from the Book of Life. In that passage the Lord tells Moses that “whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book.” There is no contradiction, however, between that passage and Christ’s promise in Revelation 3:5. The book referred to in Exodus 32:33 is not the Book of Life described here, in Philippians 4:3, and later in Revelation (13:817:820:12, 1521:27). Instead, it refers to the book of the living, the record of those who are alive (cf. Psalms 69:28). The threat, then, is not eternal damnation, but physical death.

 

In John’s day, rulers kept a register of the citizens of a city. If someone died, or committed a serious crime, their name was erased from that register. Christ, the King of heaven, promises never to erase a true Christian’s name from the roll of those whose names were “written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain” (Revelation 13:8).

 

On the contrary, Christ will confess every believer’s name before God the Father and before His angels. He will affirm that they belong to Him. Here Christ reaffirmed the promise He made during His earthly ministry: “Everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32). The comforting truth that true Christians’ salvation is eternally secure is the unmistakable teaching of Scripture. Nowhere is that truth more strongly stated than in Romans 8:28-39.

 

Source: Grace to You – John McArthur

In either case, those not found in the “Book of Life,” whether their names where blotted out or never written, they will ultimately find their destiny in the “lake of fire”:

Revelation 20:11-12, 15 – Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

And as mentioned above, those who do not reject or deny Christ but confess Him before men, He will acknowledge that their names are in the “Book of Life” before the Father and the angels:

Matthew 10:32-33 – “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.”

Luke 12:8-9 – “Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.”

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