Have Your Sin Blotted Out, Not Your Name

Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out.    Acts 3:19 ESV
He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments, and I will never erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.     Revelation 3:5 LSB

The only way we get to heaven is by becoming an overcomer. We must overcome sin. To do so, we must accept Christ as our Savior. We must confess our sins before Him, repent of our sin and ask Him to fill us with His Holy Spirit to help us to avoid deliberate sin.

We are told in Acts 3:19, if we confess our sin and repent our sins are blotted out. This means that there is no longer a record of our sins. We are told in Psalm 103:12 He removes our sin as far from us as the east is from the west. When God forgives our sin, He removes it from us. We must understand when we feel guilt over sin we have confessed and repented of this does not come from God. It comes from the devil.

God convicts us of wrongdoing and urges us to repent. Once we repent, He removes it from us. The devil brings guilt to try to convince us we may as well give up because we can never be good enough. The devil lies.

When it speaks of our sins being blotted out, we need to understand God keeps a record of all our wrongdoings. Just think about it. Every thought you have had or word you have said that goes against God’s commands are recorded in a book in heaven. The only way to blot these sins out of the book is to repent.

There are going to be two types of judgment. After the rapture, there will be the judgment seat of Christ. In 2 Corinthians it says we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. We will all appear. We will be rewarded for the good we have done. We will give account for the evil we have done.

Many scholars believe this will happen just after the judgment and this will be where we receive crowns to present to the Lord for the good we have done. It says in 2 Corinthians, we will also answer for any unrepented sin.

In Revelation 20:11-15, it speaks of the Great White Throne of Judgment. It says in verse 12, “Then I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.” This tells us there will be a book in heaven that records all of our unrepented sin.

I don’t know about you, but I want my sins blotted out of that book. The unsaved will appear at the Great White Throne of Judgment. They will be judged for their sins. Verse 15 says if anyone’s name is not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

Revelation 3:5 indicates that if we are saved and are overcomers, our names will not be erased from the book of life. This clearly tells us there will be people who will have their names erased from the book of life. If their names are erased, they will be thrown into the lake of fire.

I want my sins erased, so I realize I must daily repent and ask God’s forgiveness as I know I sometimes sin without even realizing it. I also know I want my name to remain in the book of life. To do this, I must accept Christ as my Savior and surrender my life to Him. This I have done, and I can rest easy knowing I will spend eternity with Him.

We need to understand that God has a big eraser. That eraser can erase our sins or it can erase our names from the Lamb’s book of life. Which will it be for you?

Have a great day!