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Does Revelation 3:5 Suggest That a Name Can Be Removed from the Book of Life?

Question from a Reader: In Revelation 3:5 Jesus says, “The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life.” Doesn’t that clearly suggest that it is in fact possible to be blotted out of the book of life? In other words, that a saved person can become unsaved if they fail to “conquer,” that is, to live a victorious Christian life?

Did the Jews Expect Messiah Would Be God?

Question from a Reader:

I’m studying the book of Luke. I know that the Jews were expecting a Messiah that was king, deliverer, etc., but did they also expect a Messiah that was actually God? Are there any Old Testament prophecies that mention that?

Light Has Dawned: Reflections at Christmastime on the Light of Jesus

The people Jesus spoke to lived without streetlights. If they didn’t have a lamp and a means to light it, they groped in darkness, vulnerable to assailants. They understood what it meant when Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).

Why I Signed the Nashville Statement: It Speaks the Truth in Love about the Biblical View of Human Sexuality

If you follow social media and news online, you’ve likely heard about the Nashville Statement, put together by The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. Along with several dozen other Christian leaders, I’m one of the initial signatories of this statement, which seeks to provide a Christ-honoring and biblically faithful standard on homosexuality and transgenderism.

Forsaken for a Reason

Echoing David in Psalm 22, Jesus cried out on the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” In that haunting cry, Christ identifies with our despair and bridges the gap between God and us not only theologically, in the Atonement, but emotionally—between our suffering and God’s, between our agonizing cries and those of God’s Son.