White Wings said:
If Gentiles won't be saved then there was no use bringing the Gospel to the Gentiles. But the Gospel was brought to the Gentiles so....
Excellent point! The Gospel was brought to the Gentiles, so the Gentiles must be in the Book of Life. As was also pointed out IF the Book of Life was ONLY for Israel, then Abraham and Issac could NOT be in there, and that even feels funny just thinking about it.
Book of life is the elect.
Then you end up with portions of the elect getting blotted, but the non-elect NOT getting blotted. If so, how are they elect?
How "elect" are you really if a bunch of you get "blotted?"
I think it works better if viewed as a Book of the Called.
I don't think it works if viewed as a Book of the "Chosen."
I think it's similar to an earthly reservation book.
All employees were invited to the company dinner. Everybody, received an invitation. Everybody had their name written on a bent card and placed at a seat on a table.
Your name was on the card, a long time before, you even showed up. When you showed up, you were allowed in because your name was on a card. Your name was on the card before you had even taken one bite of food. None were turned away, whosoever wanted could come.
They don't write in your name WHEN you show up, your name is already there. They wrote your name in when they PLANNED the dinner.
However, if you don't show up, in the allotted time, then they will blot out your name.
Any employee who showed up was allowed to sit and eat, because ALL employees had their names on the card and in the reservation Book from day ONE of the planned celebration.
However, some employees did not show up, even though their names were on the card. Some didn't hear about the banquet, some were too busy, some just didn't believe. Yet still, their names were on the card and in the Book.
The employer wanted ALL to come to the banquet, but He wasn't going to drag them. He simply gave out a memo and told everyone to pass the word to any absentees.
Those who did NOT show up, had their names blotted out, even though they started off with their names in. Many were called, but not all came.
It works that way with airplanes too. You can have a reserved seat with your name on it. But if you miss the flight, your name gets erased.
I just made reservations for tomorrow night. My name is in the book. If I fail to show up, my name gets blotted out of the book.