If the book of life contains the names of all those for whom Christ died (Caird), Christ must in some sense have died for all men because at the beginning the names of all men were in the book. In the words of Johannine theology outside the Apocalypse, He died for the world, no one excluded (cf. John John 1:29; John 3:16; John 4:42; 1 John 1Jn. 2:2; 1Jn. 4:14). This provision for eternal life for everyone is only potential, however. It becomes actual only when appropriated by each person. If a person experiences physical death, never having trusted Christ for forgiveness, his name is erased from the book of life.2Those who are the elect, by definition, are never blotted out. Only the non-elect, as in the church at Sardis (Rev. Rev. 3:5+) are blotted out. A difficulty with this view is that the names of the beast worshipers which are not written is more accurately translated as names not having been written (γέγραπται [gegraptai] , perfect tense) which implies that the names never were written to be subsequently blotted out. Moreover, another passage indicates the names of the beast worshipers were never written:Rev. 13:8+; Rev. 17:8+) explain that one category of the unredeemed, the beast worshipers, were never written in the book.
1 The book of life, as its very name implies, probably contains the names of all those for whom Christ diedin other words, all who have ever been conceived in the womb.Henry Morris, The Revelation Record (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1983), Rev. 3:5.