Rev 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
Rev 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
Rev 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Rev 20:15 And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
My wife and I spent the weekend painting our driveway and lanai floor. Yes, that’s something we do here in Florida. Anyway, I power washed first thing Friday morning to get rid of all the dirt and grime. I noticed that there were some stains I couldn’t get rid of, even with bleach. Thankfully, the concrete paint we purchased covered them nicely.
I know the stains are still there. No one else knows because they have been covered. Thinking about that reminded me of the blood of Christ. It’s a very good substance for covering things up. It’s a universal blotter of sorts. And in fact, it will be applied to every human being at the judgment seat of Christ. The only question is this: what will the blood cover in your case?
Speaking of the wicked, notice what Psalm 69:27+28 says:
“Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into your righteousness. Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.”
Pay attention to that word ‘blotted’. It’s mentioned again in Acts 3:19 when the apostle Peter challenges those in Jerusalem to repent of their sins. Peter specifically talks about sins being blotted out. Now, let’s tie Ps. 69 and Acts 3 in with today’s text from Revelation 20.
There will be multiple books opened at the judgment seat of Christ. One book is identified in Rev. 20:12 as the ‘book of life’. The rest are grouped together and referred simply to as ‘the books’. In those books are recorded all the works done by every human being to have ever lived.
Based on what we read in Scripture, all of those books contain information about all of us. Furthermore, the blood of Christ will be applied to the books one way or the other. If you are a born again believer, the blood is applied to the books containing your works. Your sins are blotted out of those books. Why? Because your name is found in the book of life. You are golden. You are granted entrance into glory with the LORD.
If you are not born again, the blood is applied to the book of life. Your name is blotted out. It cannot be found. Therefore, you must be judged according to your works as written in the rest of the books. You are not golden. In fact, you are destined to an eternity in the lake of fire. Why? Because just a single sin not covered by the blood of Christ prevents your entrance into eternal glory.
The blood of Christ will be applied to the life of every human being. The only question is this: what will it blot out? Will it blot your sins from the books of works, or will it blot your name from the book of life? Think about it.