Rejoice that your names are written in heaven

The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:17-20

Today’s passage from Luke is one of those that gets yanked out of its context and used by some to demonstrate how much faith they have all the while putting the spotlight on themselves rather than on Jesus where it belongs. Jesus did not do things to entertain he did them to prove to an unbelieving world that He was from God. Today people handle snakes and scorpions to entertain or prove they have more faith that the rest of those in the group.

When we read this passage we see that the seventy-two are rejoicing that even the demons were subject to them. Jesus lets them know that it was He who gave them the authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, that is demons. Then Jesus follows up with this saying, “Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” What these disciples need to be rejoicing is not being able to drive out demons but being saved, having their names in the Book of Life. Their job was not to drive out demons or heal, even though Jesus gave them the authority to do both. Their job was to let the people know about Jesus.

The job has not changed in two thousand years. Our job is to let others know about Jesus and make disciples of them. Our job is not to entertain. It is not to willfully seek danger by handling poisonous animals. We are here not to make demons obey us but to circumvent Satan’s mission by turning those who might follow him to follow Jesus instead. We need to be careful when dealing with the demonic as we may be able to resist them but we are also capable of being deceived by them. Remember we are still in our sinful flesh.

We can get so caught up in the show that we forget the main reason we are here. We get so caught up in the here and now we forget what is really important. No matter what our gifts. No matter how much we do nothing is more important than where we will spend eternity. Jesus as always said it best, “Rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

Have a blessed day,



About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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2 Responses to Rejoice that your names are written in heaven

  1. I want to affirm David that as shown by your messages, you are very faithful in seeking to share the Hope we have in Jesus Christ and the Link below is to something that I feel describes your heart focus very well.

    Christian Men –

    As we can see in the Scriptures below and there are others David, we are to aim to be perfected in Love putting our Carnal flesh to death which causes us to sin (Romans 8 :12-15-Colossians 3:4-6 -Galatians 5:24 -26) and when we have done this we have God’s assurance that we will no longer sin, we can’t because when we are Born again because we no longer have Adam’s seed, we have God’s seed or Nature and the mind of Christ who does not choose to sin and we too will be like Him

    1 John 3:9 No one who is Born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been Born of God.

    1 John 5:18-20 We know that no one who is Born of God sins; but He who was Born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him.

    1 John 3: 1-11 ( 6-7 ) Whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen Him, neither known Him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous.

    John 8:34-36 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

    1John 4:16-17 And we have known and believed the Love that God hath to us. God is Love; and he that dwelleth in Love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our Love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world.

    Christian Love in our Unity in Christ Jesus – Anne.

  2. dwwork says:

    Thanks again for your great comment. God bless you, David

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