“And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire“
And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
The word “found” indicates that God makes a careful search of accounts of the Book of Life. After this careful search, He consigns anyone not in this book to the lake of fire.
Anyone not found to have received Christ as his or her personal Savior and thus not written in the Book of Life will be cast into the lake of fire forever. The moment we receive Christ as our Savior, God writes our name in the Book of Life. No one can erase our name out of that Book.
God puts everyone into a roll book of physical life. When people die, He removes them from that book. God opens another book, the Book of Life, only to show that no one standing at the Great White Throne Judgment has his or her name in it. Rejection of Christ places them at this judgment.
It is not the absence of good works for which God casts a person into the Lake of Fire. It is the absence of the “name” that sends a person into the lake of fire. God will write no one’s names into the Book of Life on that day.
The Great White Throne is not a trial. There is no determination to be made at this judgment. All the facts are already in. God accumulated all the evidence. He will ask only one question – “Have you believed in Jesus’ death on the cross as adequate to take away your sins?” Either our name is already in the Book or Life or it is not. The Great White Throne judgment is simply a proclamation of those who have not believed in Jesus’ death as the only way of salvation.
The reality of eternal damnation should motivate us to share Christ with our friends.
Understanding of the lake of fire is crucial for effective motivation for witnessing. God does not condemn people based on their sins but because they reject Christ as their Savior.
The lake of fire takes place after the Millennium. Only the unsaved will stand at the Great White Throne Judgment. The purpose of this judgment is not to determine who is a believer. Rather, this judgment is against those who stand on their own works instead of the work of Christ on the cross. The result of this judgment is eternal separation from God.