Many present Revelations 3:5 as a warning, in a negative light. You better watch out because your name might be erased. But this verse is some of the best news you will read in the Bible, once you know the truth of how we overcome.
'He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I WILL NOT erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. Rev 3:5 NAS (emphasis mine)
The above verse is powerful and in the Greek it is even more powerful. The word "not" is also translated never in some Bible translations. In the original Greek, the word used is actually a double negative "οὐ μὴ"and means "never ever" erase his name from the book of life. It literally says "no not" in the Greek here.
Jesus overcame the evil one and the world for us.
"These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world." John 16:33 NAS
How do we overcome the evil one and the world? By the blood of the Lamb and the word of Our Testimony. This is also how you were born again.
"And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. Rev 12:11 NAS
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith, Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:4-5 NAS
You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. 1 Joh 4:4-6 NAS
If anyone confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 1 John 4:15
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the Father also loves the one born of Him. 1 John 5:1Overcoming the world and the evil one has nothing to do with us or our actions, and everything to do with Jesus who has fully qualified every person who believes in their heart and confesses with their mouth that Jesus is Lord. We have been qualified by God Himself to participate in the inheritance of the saints. Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Col 1:12-14 NAS
God does not lie.
I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven you for His name’s sake. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father. I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. 1 John 2:12-14 NAS
How do we know for certain which names will be blotted out of the book of life?
May they be blotted out of the book of life. And may they not be recorded with the righteous. Psalm 69:28 NAS
In Psalm 69:28, David is referring to his and God's enemies, non-believers. David prays that their names would be blotted out of the book of life. This reveals that every name starts in the book of life and is not added when we believe. It is blotted out when a person chooses to not believe. Chooses death over life. With the exception of Jesus, the only ones declared righteous before God in the Bible are those who are righteous by faith.
Those who reject the truth will have their names blotted from the book of life.
They reject the testimony of the Holy Spirit that God has given us eternal life in His Son.
If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater; for the testimony of God is this, that He has testified concerning His Son. The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son. And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. 1 John 5:10-12 NAS
They deny the truth, the Father and the Son.
I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth. Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also. As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. 1 John 2 NAS
They deny that Jesus coming in the flesh is from God.
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world. 1 John 4:1-3 NAS
For many deceivers have gone out into the world, refusing to confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. 2 John 1:7
They will not confess Jesus is Lord.
Therefore I inform you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be cursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:3
Stop doubting and believe God’s word, Christian. You believe and are born of God, safe and sound in the book of life. Now go an tell others the good news.
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And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. Luke 22:20