Every part of our lives have been recorded and we will be judged based on the decisions that we make from the free will that God has given us. There will be a Judgment Day and there is no escaping it. What do you think will happen on that day?
13Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
Here it says that God will bring into judgment everything we have ever done. When we are being judged, God could just recall this information from His memory. But the Bible teaches us that this information is actually written down in a book. This information is also separated into two different books. It says we will be judged on the good things that we do and the evil things that we do.
Jesus took it a step further than just works.
36But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
So the good things that we say will be brought into judgment and the bad things that we say will be brought into judgment. So how will you do on judgment day? Have you spoken bad language, blasphemies and torn people down with your words? Or have you edified and encouraged one another with your words? What this means is sthat we must use caution every time we speak.
The Book of Iniquity
22For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord God .
Our sins are marked, or written down, before God. How are they marked though? They are marked in what is called the book of iniquity. This book contains all the evil things you’ve ever done in your whole life. That can be scary, right? I know I’ve done my fair share of evil things.
David in the Psalms says this:
8Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?
Psalm 139:16 (KJV)
16Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
David knew that everything he did was written down, including the bad things. He understood that everything he cried over and all his imperfections have been recorded. This ought to be motivation enough for us not to continue in sin. Paul tells us in
5Therefore 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.
It says that even the hidden things of darkness and the counsels of the heart will be revealed. That means that even our thought life is written down and every evil thing we do in secret is recorded in Heaven. But there is hope. Because all these evil things can be erased.
25I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
This is amazing that God can and will do this. Peter makes it clear on how this is done in
19Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
It is when we repent from our sins and live a righteous life that God actually blots out our iniquities that have been recorded and won’t bring them to mind during the judgment. This is what every person on the planet should want. To have our names written in the book of life and our sins blotted out of the book of iniquity.
~The Book of Remembrance
Having your name written in the Lamb’s book of life confirms that you have eternal life abiding in you. The final piece of advice mentioned in the Old Testament was by the prophet Malachi and he wanted to make it clear that your righteousness needs to be written down in the book of remembrance.
13Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee? 14Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts? 15And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered. 16Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. 17And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. 18Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not. 1For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 2But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
Is it vain to worship God? What is it that we profit? We profit from having eternal life with God and knowing that we did His will while living in this sin-cursed world. We are the ones who overcame the sin nature. It says that to have your deeds written in the book of remembrance, you must fear God and think upon His name. You must choose righteousness over wickedness and serve God.
Nehemiah realized that what he was about to do may cause his good deeds to be wiped out. He prays to God asking Him not to do that.
14Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and wipe not out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God, and for the offices thereof.
If you want to learn more about what Nehemiah did that he had to pray to God not to wipe out his good deeds, read the next 9 verses after Nehemiah 13:14 and you’re in for a treat!
Now, if we repent of our sins, God will blot out those sins from the book of iniquity. But if don’t repent, the good deeds that we have done will be erased from the book of remembrance.
<— Good Deeds are written here
Bad Deeds are written here —>
Which do you want erased?
24But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.
All the good deeds you have ever done in your life will not be mentioned on the Day of Judgment if you are living an unrighteous life after salvation.
Once you die, it’s too late. You need to make a decision for Christ while you are alive. And we need to live a life that is holy and acceptable to God. On Judgment Day, what will happen to you?
11And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
In summary, when you become saved, your name is written in the Lamb’s book of life. When you die, the book of iniquity will be erased and the book of remembrance remains for you to be judged on. By the way, this is what we get our rewards from!
If you have not repented of your sins and refuse to believe in God, your name is not written in the book of life. When you die, the book of remembrance is erased and the book of iniquity remains and you will be judged from this book. By the way, this is what determines your punishment! Also, if a person becomes saved and then forsakes God by sinning without repenting, his name will be blotted out from the Lamb’s book of life, the book of remembrance will be erased, and the book of iniquity will remain to be judged from.
This is a most serious and profound topic that we need to make sure we understand. Hopefully I’ve helped you in learning what each of these books are and what will happen to you on Judgment Day. I’m glad you’ve joined me today as we study the Bible verse by verse.
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