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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