While you and I are on planet earth dealing with pandemics, arguing about vaccines, and witnessing myriads of people burdened by bizarre tribulations worldwide, heavenly beings are documenting man’s movements, victories, trials, and failures in eternal books (Exodus 32:32 The Book of Life: -33; Psalm 56:8; 69:28; Daniel 7:10; 12:1; Revelation 13:8; 20:15). I’ll bet it has been a doozy of a documenting year.
But in all spiritual seriousness, written account is one way our Creator communes with us. He created both language (in various sounds depending on the people group) and script (in various forms depending on the culture) as an avenue of conscious exchange.
We know that under God’s dictation, Moses carefully recorded the account of creation including the rise and fall of the first humans. From there, the story of man and woman unfold in God’s prophetic heart but also in the written pages we call the Bible. God calls this written form of communication the Word (Davar in Hebrew – which is a root word of order, interestingly). Mysteriously, He also calls the embodiment of His Word (Davar), the flesh and blood that arrived by way of a virgin and Holy Spirit two thousand plus years ago.
If you want to know the fulness of who God is, look to Christ, His Word (Davar), His communication to us.
Along with His perfect communication system through Christ, God continues to use language and script as a means of establishing oneness. Throughout the written Word, we have come to understand that preaching (speaking from the written Word) is a means of people hearing the good news of Christ. In the book of Romans, Paul writes that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Time and again, this has proven to be true. As we absorb the living Script Word, it manifests itself through us in the form of the spoken Word.
But while your and I are in this shadow realm reading and hearing and speaking the Word, (and other things) there’s something of great interest transpiring in the realm of substance — heaven. Just as Moses documented man’s beginning journey on earth, there are heavenly beings in the spiritual realm documenting your earthly journey. At least, parts of your earthly journey. While there is no biblical evidence that your every move is recorded in heaven, there are some interesting Scriptures that tell us of books being filled with our specific names and certain events.
God’s having documents prepared based on our earthly actions.
This thought makes my stomach queasy. During my life’s excursions, I’ve camped at a few undesirable stops along the way. I’ve also disappointed more people than I can count, ignored the Holy Spirit’s promptings almost daily, and I’ve gossiped, slandered, and acted a fool plenty. And if the Lord is getting my sins in writing, then I can confess, I dread standing before Him. (See Matthew 12:36, Psalm 56:8; Psalm 139:16.)
But God. But Jesus.
Thankfully, my sin and my shame – the viruses coursing my life veins – have been overcome by the beautiful antibodies of Christ’s perfect, sinless blood. Because of Christ, on the day I stand before God and the dreaded books are opened, My Savior’s red blood will cover any eternal words that expose my sins.
This grace-filled truth drops me to my knees.
Thank you, Lord. Thank you.
But there are a couple of books I look forward to our King Jesus reading out loud. These are the Book of Life (Revelation 3:5) and the Book of Remembrance (Malachi 3:16).
The Book of Life is the list of recorded names of the heaven-bound faithful entering into eternal bliss with Christ. I am beyond thrilled my name is among such superheroes as Esther, Paul, Peter, Lydia, and the Mary who hosted seven demons prior to meeting Christ.
And then there is an especially interesting book called the Book of Remembrance. This is probably one heck of a thick, leather-wrapped document or scroll. According to the prophet Malachi, within the pages of this great book, are the collective discussions of God’s children that concern the Lord and all He is doing in the world today. Here is that promise:
Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who esteem His name. – Malachi 3:16
Our enthralled, faith-laden conversations about our King are recorded in a book. I’m telling you our virtuous words and deeds do not go unnoticed by the Lord. Truely, our words are not just noticed, but so weighty, so full of life, our expressions are quoted in a future famous book.
Let me put this another way: You are published.
Your publication is not in an op-ed, electronic blog, or paperback that will be irrelevant in three years. No! You are published in an eternal, real book that the Maker of the Universe keeps close to His heart. These records likely sits somewhere in the vicinity of His fire-flashing throne.
You, oh tiny human, have words written in heaven.
Everything we speak is considerable.
While I’m wincing at the remembrance of some of my ill-spoken earthly words, I’m also in awe that my godly conversations are cherished by my King. So much so that He has them recorded. Permanently.
To wrap up — what you say matters. What you write matters. And the fellowshipping between us matters. These communications are precious to our Lord.
We should speak of Him often.
Go ahead. Write or say something wonderful about the King, or our God, or Holy Spirit. Someone in another realm will capture the moment in heavenly ink … because you are worth quoting.