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QUESTION 208:  
I seem a bit puzzled with the statement in Verse 19 of Rev. 22 “. . .part is taken out of the Book of Life,”  what exactly does that word ‘part’ refer to in this chapter?

ANSWER: It is quite understandable that you are puzzled over this. This “part” is often used with the teaching of being saved and lost. I think we have to try and see this according to what the Bible says about salvation.
First, God has enough grace to saved all mankind. His grace is greater than our sins. He had a coat for Adam and Eve to cover their sin. God has made provision at Calvary for every sinner that was ever born.  So it would appear that every person born in Adam’s race of sin has a part in the Book of life.  When a child is born their names are in the Book of life. Should they die in a state of innocency, they would be saved. David seem to imply this in Psm 139:16, Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.  This is our part in the book of life at birth provided for all mankind at the Cross. The God of grace is good! This agrees with John 1:29, “the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin (that we were born in) of the world.” The words ‘taketh away’ means to lift and move away.
Their names are there until they come into a knowledge of good and evil and then their names are blotted out until they repent. We read of this in Psm 69:28, Let them be blotted  out of the book  of the living , and not be written with the righteous.  This means they are  no longer safe or saved and needed to repent and trust Christ to be listed with the righteous. Who are saved.
When they repent and trust Christ then their names are written in the Lamb’s book of life and they will never perish. (Rev. 21:27)
So it seems that all names are in the book of the living (Psm. 69:28) and can be blotted out when coming to a knowledge of good and evil, like Adam and Eve did in the garden.
Their “part--place” is there, but not their names.  When they are born again their names will go in the Lamb’s book of life and fill that part or place again.
So Rev 22:19 is speaking, not of names, but the part that each person has will eventually be taken away, and they never will be saved.
Tell me is your name in the Lamb’s book of life.? Rev 21:27, make is clear that nobody will enter that city unless their names are there. Trust Christ and God will put your name in the “part” you have by birth into the Lamb’s book of life.
                                                   

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