Friday, July 01, 2016

Psalms 87:6 (KJV) Where Were You Born?

Psalms 87:6 (KJV)
The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.
Of this verse Spurgeon writes,
“Jehovah’s census of his chosen will differ much from ours; he will count many whom we should have disowned, and he will leave out many whom we should have reckoned.”
We read in the Scriptures of the Lamb’s Book of Life.  Whether this passage is a reference to it is a question for the scholars to debate. What interests me is that God has a count and that God considers those on it.
It seems best to understand the verse to speak of the two births:
  • physical and 
  • spiritual
Those whose names are written in the book have not only a physical birth but a new and spiritual one. In this case we would be drawn to the book of the Revelation where God, at the Great White Throne Judgment, looks to see whether those delivered up to him from hell have their names written in the book of life.
Whether a person spends eternity with God or in the Lake of Fire ultimately rests in their new birth.
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Psalms 87:6 (KJV) Where Were You Born?

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