Rejoice That Your Names Are Written In Heaven! Luke 10:20
Kenny Boles’ book; “What the Bible Says About the After Life; The Life to Come”, ©2010 College Press Publishing - He wrote the following – an excerpt from page 150.
Sometime during the latter half of the third year of Jesus’ ministry, He sent out seventy-two of His disciples to proclaim the coming kingdom (Lk 10:1). When they returned, they proudly announced, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in our name” (v. 17). In reply, Jesus said, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” (v. 18). While this could refer to some earlier occasion, it likely means that Jesus could see Satan’s defeat happening right then as the kingdom was proclaimed (see Jn 12:31; 16:11; Rev 12:7).
But this, Jesus said, was not the main point. Rather than rejoicing about their victory over the demons and Satan, they should rejoice that their “names are written in heaven” (Lk 10:20). As early as Exodus 32:32 it could be observed that God has a book in which the saints are saved and the sinners are blotted out. As late as Revelation 20:12-15 and 21:27 it can still be read that those whose names are in the Lamb’s book of life will go to heaven. The greatest joy on earth is to know that your name is on record in heaven.
Is your name written in the Lamb’s book of life? You can be sure; here’s how. Believe and confess the Lordship of Jesus as being God’s only son who died on the cross as payment for my sin and bodily rose again on the third day to conquer death and sin once for all. In response to that belief and confession take action (James 2). Repent and be baptized (Acts 2:38; Rm 6; Gal 3:27) and live a life of ministry making disciples (Mt. 28:19) as you also grow in your new identity in Christ.
Note: To hear the sermon on this topic go to this link: Am I Really Going to Heaven?