Is Your Name Written in Heaven?
(Luke 10:17-20)

Introduction In this text Jesus urges His disciples to recognize that even more important than the fact that the demons obeyed them, and that they were able to perform miracles was the fact that their names were “written in heaven.” In our adult class in Lenexa we recently noted a text in Jeremiah 7:13 which may serve as a constrast to this. Note: the unfaithful are said to be “written in the earth”(perhaps indicating that their fate will be that of punishment and destruction when the earth is destroyed as II Peter 3:10). Yet, the disciples names are “written in heaven.” What does this teach us? How can we have such a hope? Is there a record of names that is kept in heaven? How can we be included in this record?

I. Is There a Record of Names?

  1. Moses’ plea (Exodus 32:31-33).
  2. “Book of remembrance” (Mal. 3:14-18).
  3. The “Book of Life” (Rev. 20:11-12).
  4. Those not recorded are cast into “lake of fire” (Rev. 20:13-15).
  5. It identifies those in the “New Jerusalem” (Rev. 21:27).

II. Whose Names Are There?

  1. Paul’s fellow-laborers (Phil. 4:1-3).
  2. Those who overcome (Rev. 3:1-5).
  3. Those who do not practice idolatry (Revelation 13:1-8).
  4. Those who do not take from what is written (Rev. 22:16-19) -- Those who labor for the Lord
    • Those who overcome sin & temptation
    • Those who reject idolatry
    • Those who accept and follow God’s Word

III. Under What Conditions is a Name Written in Heaven?

  1. No special group -- simply the saved (i.e. those accepted by God in Christ).
  2. Obedience (Matt. 7:21-23; Rev. 22:14).
  3. Faith, Repentance & Baptism (Mark 16:15,16; Acts 2:37-40).
  4. Faithfulness (II Peter 1:5-11).

Conclusion. What About You?