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  • Bayo Afolaranmi
    *Dear Beloved,* *ARE YOU ON THE LIST?* * These searched for their family records, but they could not find them and so were excluded from the priesthood as
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 21, 2012
      *Dear Beloved,*


      *"These searched for their family records, but they could not find them and
      so were excluded from the priesthood as unclean. The governor ordered them
      not to eat any of the most sacred food´┐Ż" (Ezra 2:62-63a NIV).*

      *"If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown
      into the lake of fire" (Revelation 20:15 NIV).*

      *The school bus was ready to convey some students in a class for an
      excursion. Every member of the class wanted to go, but the criteria for
      going was that one must have his name in the prepared list of the class
      teacher. None of them knew the actual people that were on this list. As
      they all assembled by the bus, the teacher started calling them one after
      another. The funny thing there was that there was still space in the bus
      when the teacher finished calling the names on his list. The other students
      implored him to admit them into the bus, but he refused because their names
      were not on his list.*

      *A similar event happened as the Jews came back from exile. The priests had
      re-established the worship and sacrifices to God as prescribed by the
      Mosaic Law. However, to minister as a priest, one has to establish his
      genealogy as Levite - the only tribe that can perform priestly duties. Then
      came some people from certain towns who could not prove that they were even
      Israelites not to talk of being Levites. These people searched for their
      family records, but they could not find them, so they had to be excluded
      from the priesthood.*

      *Everybody on earth is enjoying God's universal goodness. God does not
      discriminate in blessing many people on earth (Psalm 145:9; Matthew 5:45;
      Acts 14:17). In fact, it seems as if God is blessing the ungodly more than
      the godly. Nevertheless, a day is coming when God will turn against some
      people - those that their names are not in His Book of Life. They will be
      excluded from being in the presence of God forever. The reason would be the
      absence of their names in "the Book of Life" (Revelation 20:15).*

      *For you to have your name written in the Book of Life, you have to
      genuinely accept Jesus Christ - the only Way to God (John 10:7,9; 14:6;
      Acts 4:12) - as your personal Saviour and Lord (John 1:12-13; Acts 16:31).
      Are you on the list in the Book of Life?*

      *In His service,*

      *Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).*


      *This message was first sent out on June 27, 2004.*

      Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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