The Book of Life

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” John 3:3

The Bible, fast forwarding to the time of God’s final judgement, says, “Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:15) So, how do you ensure that your name is written in the book of life, never to be erased?

It’s not by being good, for no one can be good enough; “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23. You can’t achieve it and you can’t buy a spot in the book of life. Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader, went to Jesus to inquire about such things and Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” (John 3:3)

Nicodemus was understandably confused. How can a person be born twice? Jesus explained that being born again is a spiritual rebirth. “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’” (John 3:6-7)

That’s why Jesus came into the world: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Trusting Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins is how you become “born again” and it’s how you get your name written in God’s book of life. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) “The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

Have you been born again? Is your name written in the book of life?

“Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (1 John 5:12)


Having begun as a guest speaker in 2005, Dan was appointed Interim Pastor in 2008 and has been serving Maple Root Baptist ever since. As a small group leader and Chaplin for the Connecticut Tigers, Dan has a heart for the lost and the God that saves them.

Dan Kinnaman

Pastor, Maple Root Baptist Church