SPECIAL TOPIC: THE TWO BOOKS OF GOD
A. God has revealed Himself in two ways.
1. nature (i.e., creation, cf. Ps.19:1-6; called "natural revelation")
2. Scripture (cf. Ps. 19:7-14; called "special revelation")
This is why I do not think that ultimately there should be a conflict between science and faith, all truth is God's truth. Please see my commentary on Genesis 1-11 online free at www.freebiblecommentary.org
B. There are two books mentioned in Dan. 7:10 and Rev. 20:12.
1. The "book of deeds" contains all the motives and acts of humans, both good and bad. In a sense it is a metaphor of God's memory and that one day all humans will give an account to their Creator of their stewardship of the gift of life.
a. Psalm 56:8; 139:16
b. Isaiah 65:6
c. Malachi 3:16
d. Revelation 20:12-13
2. The "book of life" lists those who have a faith/repentant/obedient relationship with YHWH/Jesus. This is a metaphor of God's memory of those who are redeemed and heaven-bound.
a. Exodus 32:32-33
b. Psalm 69:28
c. Isaiah 4:3
d. Daniel 12:1
e. Philippians 4:3
f. Hebrews 12:23
g. Revelation 3:5; 13:8; 17:8; 20:12,15; 21:27
h. also mentioned in I Enoch 47:3; 81:1-2; 103:2; 108:3
These books represent God's faithfulness to His Word. For those who rebel and refuse, He remembers their sins; for those who repent, believe, obey, serve, and persevere, He forgets their sins (cf. Ps. 103:11-13; Isa. 1:18; 38:17; 43:25; 44:22; Micah 7:19). This gives abundant assurance and confidence in God's unchanging, merciful character, promises, and provisions. God is trustworthy! What He has revealed about Himself is true!
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