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"Yours Truly has been inspired to initiate this page of drawing lessons from trendy, contemporary topics much in the manner of His Master (Luke 13:1-3). This would be a fortnightly column..."


Now there may not be a Country in the World today which doesnt take a Census of its population. For instance the Government exercise towards the population count in US and in Canada is due in 2020 and 2021 respectively. The data thus obtained would eventually be used by the US and Canadian Governments'(and likewise by other Countries which take periodical Census) to facilitate better governance of their citizens. Oh yes, are not the Census-taking instances

a) for God-approved reasons ( Numbers 1:2-7/3:11-43/4:21-49/26:2) and

b) even out of sheer pride without adhering to the Law (Exodus 30:12,14) which resulted in Divine comeuppance coming the way of the Nation of Israel (2 Sam 24/1 Chro 21) also mentioned in the Bible!!!

It also follows that the statistics obtained after taking a Census was invariably written down and preserved in a register during the Biblical times just as it is done in this cyber age in a Super Computer!!!

Be that as it may, its also time to reflect on the importance of yet another ethereal Citizenship Registerand that is the Lambs Book of Life!!! In this Series of 3 parts, Yours Truly toeing His Masters line of gleaning spiritual lessons from contemporary events (as Census is about to be taken in Canada- Luke 13:1-3) intends to bring different dimensions of this subject (Book of Life) to the foreusing alliteration beginning with what elsean alphabet Rdoesnt the word Register also begin with an alphabet R (sic)


However, the important thing is not that demons obey you, but that your names are registered as citizens of heaven- Luke 10:20

Our Lord unequivocally brings out the paramount importance of having our names recorded in Heavens Book of Life putting its significance thereof over and above even great public Ministry involving miracles.

Undertaking Christian Ministries which on the surface value appear great may not take one to Heaven as evidenced in the following Scripture portion...

Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name? And then will I declare to them, I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness- Matt 7:21-23

But on the other hand having our names not only recorded in Lambs Book of Life and doing our part in ensuring they remain therein is guaranteed to land us safely in Heaven (Rev 3:5/20:15).

Our names are written down in that Ethereal Bookin this New Dispensation of Gracethe moment we repent of our sins and appropriate Christs atoning work on the Cross in our lives (Romans 4:13-25/Rom 5:1-2/Rom 10:8-10) and the same would be retained if we on our part faithfully keep obeying Him in all areas of our life.

Now who are they whom the omniscient Jesus (Pro 15:11, Heb 4:13) does not know? His words of condemnation (in the context of failing to obey) to the accursed I do not know you (Matt 7:23) seem paradoxical considering His omniscience. St. Augustine the well-known Christian Saint of the 5th Century observes that these words actually mean that these men -purportedly Servants of Christ in public perception- never knew Him properly in the first place. In other words they never fully understood Christ and His priorities. They may have made a good start in Ministry with a measure of anointing but somewhere down the line, they may have got carried away by the lust for fame and richesa la Demas (2 Tim 4:10). Anointing in them which is irrevocable (Rom 11:29) may have served the purpose of blessing the people (people are always precious unto the Lord) amongst whom these men ministered but their hearts far-removed from the Lords priorities in the matters of total obedience were never a source of joy to their Master (1 John 2:4). The Lord who can blot out names from the Book of life (Exo 32:33) had deleted their names on account of their persistent disobedience despite being given much (read responsible Leadership privileges- Luke 12:45-48) and all of Scriptural warnings.

While the disobedient lot are said to be those who do not know the Lord look at what the Scripture has to say (in stark contrastemploying the same word know) about the faithful Servants of His for whom total obedience to the Master (synonymous with loving the Lord- 2 John 1:6) is more important than anything else

And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments 1 John 2:3

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God - 1 John 4:7

On our part (I reiterate), depending fully on His sustaining grace, lets strive to finish the race of our Christian lives with our names retained in the Book of Life. This would result in we being acknowledged by the Master Himself eventually as Victorious (Rev 3:5 NLT), rather than as Workers of lawlessness who having lost their place in the Heavenly NRC are deported to Hell!!!

Just a wordabout the Victorious folksmany of them being at the receiving end of injustice and lies like their Master (faithful Cross bearers- Luke 23:23/ 1 Peter 2:18-23), may end up appearing in the sight of the World as defeated ones but much like their Master they too would be exalted by the Heavenly Father (Heb 5:8-10/ Rev 3:20) when it would matter the most.


But now, if you will only forgive their sinbut if not, erase my name from the record you have written- Deu 32:32

Amazing is Moses determination borne out of love for His sinful people when it comes to interceding for Divine forgiveness. Jews who were liberated from the Egyptian bondage had (in Moses physical absence) committed a sin of idolatry and adultery right at the same Holy Place (Mount Sinai) where they had received Commandments to shun these 2 detestable activities (Exo 20:4-5,14). Talk of holding a New Year Rev Party inside the Church right after the Watch night Service breaking in the process all the New-year resolutions about holiness taken only a few hours ago!!!

Like Moses, Apostle Paul toounthinkable as it seemswas willing to forego his salvation itself to see the fulfillment of his Holy desire of Jews accepting Christ (Rom 9:3)!!!

The Lord loves intercessory prayer warriors (Isa 62:6-7/ Eze 22:30) having a fervent desire to save the lost. How about resolving this year, to witness (as often as possible- Col 4:12 TLB) and intercede fervently for all the unbelievers who are acquainted to usin order their names are also registered in the Lambs Book of Life.

George Mueller, the great Victorian Christian and social reformer, tells a story of persistent intercessory prayer for the lost in his diary:

In November 1844, I began to pray for the conversion of five individuals. I prayed every day without a single intermission, whether sick or in health, on the land, on the sea, and whatever the pressure of my engagements might be. Eighteen months elapsed before the first of the five was converted. I thanked God and prayed on for the others. Five years elapsed, and then the second was converted. I thanked God for the second, and prayed on for the other three. Day by day, I continued to pray for them, and six years passed before the third was converted. I thanked God for the three, and went on praying for the other two. These two remained unconverted.

Thirty-six years later he wrote that the other two, sons of one of Muellers friends, were still not converted. He wrote, But I hope in God, I pray on, and look for the answer. They are not converted yet, but they will be. In 1897, fifty-two years after he began to pray daily, without interruption, for these two men, they were finally convertedbut after he died! Hallelujahthese mens names were also finally recorded in Lambs Book of life. Hows that for persistent praying (Luke 18:1)!!!


But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ- Philippians 3:20

Invariably if in a Countrys context, the subjectsCitizenship and Census register are inter-linkedthen in the spiritual realm too, the subject of a Christians citizenship and the Lambs Book of Life are inter-twined.

A Christian whose name is registered in the Lambs Book of Life at the point of formers regeneration is awarded citizenship in Heaven that very moment. So if our Citizenship is in Heaven, what is our role in this World? A hopeless one of living aimlessly? No way!!! We are Christs ambassadors (2 Cor 5:20)!!! Then again, if we are Christs ambassadorsare our lives measuring up to our noble calling?

For the uninitiated it needs to be retold that in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic relations in 1960 on the basis of several worthy historical precedents it was decided to grant Diplomatic immunity to the ambassadors. This would mean that an ambassador of say India in not-so-friendly Pakistan (I am all for friendly lies with it- Rom 12:18 -though historically India and Pakistan have sadly for so many reasons not been the best of chums )Laws of distant, not immediately visible India would apply and not the Laws of visible, oh-so-close (to him physically) Pakistaneven as he tries to promote the best interests of India in adverse circumstances in Pakistan. Being a bit Pro-Pakistan at the cost of Indian interests would be tempting to him too considering the appreciation which would come his way from people in his immediate vicnity. But can he afford to compromise on his duty of always upholding the interests of the Indian Government which put him there in the first place trusting his integrity? By the same token, for a Christian who is Christs ambassador in this WorldHoly Laws given by the invisible King of Heaven would apply (read all the Scriptural Statutes) and not the apparently juicy laws of this visible Fallen World (which entice a Christian to satisfy his lust of the eyes, flesh and pride of life), where he is temporarily residing. For instancethe Law of the World may say get even with your enemy especially during times of extreme provocation but the one given by the King seated on the Heavenly throne would warrant exactly an opposite course of actionlove your enemy and pray for him (Matt 5:39-48) though there is every temptation to go by the dictates of the World (tit for tat policy is accepted and welcomed by this World). Heyyou are representing the invisible King who is observing youobey His Laws in faith (if you see Him physically, there would be no role for faith in your life- 1 Peter 1:7-8) and not that of the visible people right around you of this World!

Duty demands that I project the somber other side of the coin too on this subject. Will not the Ambassador who is not representing his native country properly be recalled by the same? Ditto with the Christs ambassador who is not representing the Heavenly King in a manner worthy of his/her calling? Some sober words of a premature recall from the place of posting are recorded in the Scripture about the compromising Christians (they had been given a long rope) as a warning

That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined[j] so that we may not be condemned along with the world.- I Cor 11:30-32

Oh yeshere in this context recall doesnt mean immediate deletion from Lambs Book of Life itself but rather experiencing highly avoidable, painful consequences on not being a good ambassador. It would serve us well to go about our ambassadors duties earnestly lest these words apply to us.

Finally Dear friendsin conclusion I would like to state (in whichever nation the good Lord in His sovereign wisdom has placed us)while we eagerly desire (nothing wrong about it) to have our names registered in our Countrys Census register so that all the Government-launched welfare schemes would apply to us with greater desire we need to take all the steps possible to not only have our names registered in the Lambs Book of life (read Heavenly Census Register by seeking Christ the Saviour first with contrite and repentant hearts) but also retain it for eternity (by obeying Him faithfully till the end of our lives from the point of regeneration)!!!

Hallelujah!!! What price any theology which doesnt end with doxology!!!

Yours in His service,

(Suresh Manoharan)