“And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire!” – Revelation 20:15
“Rejoice that your names are written in heaven!” – Luke 10:20
It is matter of the greatest joy in the world, for a man to have his name enrolled in heaven. Look! as it is the sinner’s hell that his name is engraved in the book of damnation; just so, it is the believer’s heaven that his name is engraved in the book of election.
There are many who are exceedingly inquisitive to know whether their names are written in heaven or not. I would say to suchthere is no such way to know this as by your holiness. Have you broken off your sins by sound repentance? Has the gospel changed your inside and your outside? Has it made you a new creature, and turned you from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to Jesus Christ? etc. Then, without all question, your name is written in heaven, and you are the person who has the greatest cause in the world to rejoice!
“Rejoice that your names are written in heaven!”
Sermon by Thomas Brooks
About Thomas Brooks (1608–1680) was an English non-conformist Puritan preacher and author, born in 1608. He entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 1625. He was licensed as a preacher of the Gospel by 1640. Before that date, he appears to have spent a number of years at sea, probably as a chaplain with the fleet.Thomas Brooks became minister at Thomas Apostle’s, and St. Margaret’s, Fish-street Hill, London. He was sufficiently renowned to be chosen as preacher before the House of Commons on December 26, 1648. His sermon was afterwards published under the title, ‘God’s Delight in the Progress of the Upright’, the text being Psalm 44:18: ‘Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from Thy way’. In 1662, he fell victim to the notorious Act of Uniformity, but he appears to have remained in his parish and to have preached as opportunity arose. Treatises continued to flow from his pen.
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