Failure is for everyone.
Peter spent three and a half years walking with the God of the universe, witnessing miracle after miracle. Yet Peter was a sinner, just like you and me. Openly and defiantly, he denied Jesus. Paul, the person who God used immensely in the New Testament, and who had God living IN him, also admitted his failures:
. . . the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. —Romans 7:19
Fortunately, God allows us to grow a little with each failure. Remember, it’s not IF you sin, but WHEN you sin.
If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. —1 John 1:8
And when you sin:
- Repent (change direction/get your eyes back on the Lord).
- Move on.
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead” —Philippians 3:13
- Look for the day when there will be no more sin.
and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away. —Revelation 21:4
I just read in Revelation 3:5 where Jesus said, “He who overcomes shall thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life . . .” Does this mean if we don’t overcome we will go to hell or not get into heaven? Sounds like we can lose our salvation—please clarify.
It cannot mean you can lose your salvation because that would contradict scores of other verses that say you cannot. Always remember, a person who is a Christian today, remains a Christian tomorrow.
Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life. —John 5:24
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen Me, and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. —John 6:35-37
and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. —John 10:28-29
Revelation 2 and 3 are letters to actual churches/congregations who were meeting around 95 AD in what today is called Western Turkey. The verse you referred to was addressing the church at Sardis. The verse confirms that because they were true Christians, their names would not be erased from the Book of Life.
All of God’s creation is recorded in the Book of Life.
May they be blotted out of the book of life
And may they not be recorded with the righteous. —Psalm 69:28
Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. —Philippians 4:3
See also Revelation 21:27
Jesus promised true believers that they will remain in the Book of Life. If you do not overcome (by the blood of Christ), by believing the Gospel of Jesus Christ at some point in your life, your name will be removed.
Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? —1 John 5:5
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