Remember Thy Sins No More
I. FAITH AND/OR WORKS?
1. How are we saved? “8. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is
the gift of God: 9. Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8, 9.
a. Are we saved by faith or works?
(1) We are justified by faith in Christ and Christ alone. “Knowing that a man is not
justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have
believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the
works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” Galatians
(2) Not by our own righteousness but by His mercy. “4. But after that the kindness and love
of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5. Not by works of righteousness which we
have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration,
and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6. Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus
Christ our Saviour; 7. That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs
according to the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:4-7.
(3) Does this mean that we are not saved by the deeds of the law? “Therefore by the deeds
of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the
knowledge of sin.” Romans 3:20.
(a) “27. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the
law of faith. 28. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without
the deeds of the law.” Romans 3:27, 28.
b. How do we understand the statements in the book of James? “Even so faith, if it hath not
works, is dead, being alone.” James 2:17.
(1) For that matter, what is faith without works? “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that
faith without works is dead?” James 2:20.
(2) An example of Abraham and Rahab: “21. Was not Abraham our father justified by
works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22. Seest thou how faith
wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23. And the scripture
was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for
righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24. Ye see then how that by works
a man is justified, and not by faith only. 25. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot
justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out
another way?” James 2:21-25.
(3) Clear emphasis? “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is
dead also.” James 2:26.
c. But was Abraham justified by works? “1. What shall we say then that Abraham our father,
as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? 2. For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath
whereof to glory; but not before God. 3. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed
God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. 4. Now to him that worketh is the
reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 5. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on
him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” Romans 4:1-5.
II. PROCESS OF CLEANSING.
1 Let us examine this process for a moment.
a. What is our natural condition as we enter this world? “For all have sinned, and come short
of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23.
(1) Is there anyone in this world, aside of Jesus, that has not sinned? “If we say that we
have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” 1 John 1:10.
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b. When we as sinners try to do good, what is the best that we accomplish? “But we are all as
an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a
leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” Isaiah 64:6.
(1) What is the best that we can offer unto God as far as righteousness is concerned? “19.
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication,
uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20. Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations,
wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21. Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and
such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they
which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21.
c. How can an individual who is accustomed to doing evil be reconciled to God? “10. For he
that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
11. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same
example of unbelief.” Hebrews 4:10, 11.
2 How is it possible for a sinner to become clean? “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily,
verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
a. “The change of heart by which we become children of God is in the Bible spoken of as
birth.” Steps to Christ, p. 67:1.
(1) “Nicodemus had come to the Lord thinking to enter into a discussion with Him, but
Jesus laid bare the foundation principles of truth. He said to Nicodemus, It is not
theoretical knowledge you need so much as spiritual regeneration. You need not to
have your curiosity satisfied, but to have a new heart. You must receive a new life from
above before you can appreciate heavenly things. Until this change takes place, making
all things new, it will result in no saving good for you to discuss with Me My authority
or My mission.” Desire of Ages, p. 171:1.
(2) “You have confessed your sins, and in heart put them away. You have resolved to give
yourself to God. Now go to Him, and ask that He will wash away your sins and give
you a new heart. Then believe that He does this because He has promised. This is the
lesson which Jesus taught while He was on earth, that the gift which God promises us,
we must believe we do receive, and it is ours.” Steps to Christ, p. 49-50.
b. How is a man to be born again? “4. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born
when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? 5. Jesus
answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the
Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” John 3:4, 5.
(1) “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.” John 15:3.
(2) We are born again through the word of God. “Being born again, not of corruptible
seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” 1
(3) Do we actually become changed? “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2
(a) “As the sinner, drawn by the power of Christ, approaches the uplifted cross,
and prostrates himself before it, there is a new creation. A new heart is given
him. He becomes a new creature in Christ Jesus.” Christ’s Object Lessons, p.
3. What is this process of change?
a. We are justified by the grace of Christ. “Being justified freely by his grace through the
redemption that is in Christ Jesus:” Romans 3:24.
(1) “The Lord saw our fallen condition; He saw our need of grace, and because He loved
our souls, He has given us grace and peace. Grace means favor to one who is
undeserving, to one who is lost. The fact that we are sinners, instead of shutting us
away from the mercy and love of God, makes the exercise of His love to us a positive
necessity in order that we may be saved (ST June 5, 1893).” SDA Bible Commentary,
vol. 6, p. 1117:8.
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2) “The same law that was engraved upon the tables of stone, is written by the Holy Spirit
upon the tables of the heart. Instead of going about to establish our own
righteousness, we accept the righteousness of Christ. His blood atones for our sins.
His obedience is accepted for us. Then the heart renewed by the Holy Spirit will bring
forth „the fruits of the Spirit.‟ Through the grace of Christ we shall live in obedience to
the law of God written upon our hearts. Having the Spirit of Christ, we shall walk even
as he walked. Through the prophet he declared of himself, „I delight to do thy will, O
my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.‟ Ps. 40:8. And when among men he said, „The
Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.‟ John 8:29.”
Review and Herald, 10-17-07:9.
b. How does God justify a person? “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of
incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” 1 Peter 1:23.
(1) In other words, God simply declares it by His word. “Whom God hath set forth to be a
propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission
of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;” Romans 3:25.
(2) “To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the
justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” Romans 3:26.
c. There is nothing we can do about it, for the sins of our past that is.
(1) God simply declares it and we are righteous. There is nothing else to justification.
“Some seem to feel that they must be on probation, and must prove to the Lord
that they are reformed, before they can claim His blessing. But they may claim the
blessing of God even now. They must have His grace, the spirit of Christ, to help their
infirmities, or they cannot resist evil. Jesus loves to have us come to Him just as we
are, sinful, helpless, dependent. We may come with all our weakness, our folly, our
sinfulness, and fall at His feet in penitence. It is His glory to encircle us in the arms of
His love and to bind up our wounds, to cleanse us from all impurity.” God’s Amazing
Grace, p. 82:2.
(2) “How solemn is the thought! Day after day, passing into eternity, bears its burden of
records for the books of heaven. Words once spoken, deeds once done, can never be
recalled. Angels have registered both the good and the evil. The mightiest conqueror
upon the earth cannot call back the record of even a single day. Our acts, our
words, even our most secret motives, all have their weight in deciding our destiny for
weal or woe. Though they may be forgotten by us, they will bear their testimony to
justify or condemn.” Great Controversy, p. 486-487.
(3) “As the features of the countenance are reproduced with unerring accuracy on the
polished plate of the artist, so the character is faithfully delineated in the books
above. Yet how little solicitude is felt concerning that record which is to meet the gaze
of heavenly beings. Could the veil which separates the visible from the invisible world
be swept back, and the children of men behold an angel recording every word and deed,
which they must meet again in the judgment, how many words that are daily
uttered would remain unspoken, how many deeds would remain undone.” Great
Controversy, p. 487:1.
d. But we do have a responsibility for those we turned from the truth. “The true penitent does
not put his past sins from his remembrance. He does not, as soon as he has obtained peace,
grow unconcerned in regard to the mistakes he has made. He thinks of those who have
been led into evil by his course, and tries in every possible way to lead them back into the
true path. The clearer the light that he has entered into, the stronger is his desire to set
the feet of others in the right way.” Conflict and Courage, p. 196:5.
4. When God says that we are not justified by works, does He means that we have no works?
a. Let us remember the statement in James. “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith
without works is dead also.” James 2:26.
b. If we are truly born again, what will be the result? “That which is born of the flesh is flesh;
and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:6.
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(1) What will happen if we are spiritual? “24. And they that are Christ's have crucified the
flesh with the affections and lusts. 25. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the
Spirit.” Galatians 5:24, 25.
(2) What does it mean to walk in the spirit? “22. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,
peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23. Meekness, temperance: against
such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22, 23.
c. Does this mean that we now have our own works? “I am crucified with Christ:
nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the
flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
(1) This is the power that God has for us, the grace that is strength to overcome. “And he
said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in
weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of
Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:19.
5. What type of people will Christ have when He comes again the second time? “That he might
present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but
that it should be holy and without blemish.” Ephesians 5:27.
a. In order for us to experience this, there must be a purification process. “2. Beloved, now are
we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he
shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3. And every man that
hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.” 1 John 3:2, 3.
(1) “While the sins of penitent believers are being removed from the sanctuary, there is to
be a special work of purification, of putting away of sin, among God's people upon
earth.” Maranatha, p. 251:5.
b. How is it possible for people, like ourselves who are unclean, to become clean? “Wash me
throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.” Psalm 51:2.
(1) It is only through the blood of Jesus Christ. “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the
light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son
cleanseth us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7
(2) From how many sins does God cleanse us? “And I will cleanse them from all their
iniquity, whereby they have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities,
whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against me.” Jeremiah
c. How do we receive this type of cleansing? “9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just
to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9.
(1) Does God do this work completely in us? “Wherefore He is able also to save them to
the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession
for them.” Hebrews 7:25.
(2) When God cleanses us from all of our sins, how many sins do we have left?
(3) What happens if we try to forget our sins now rather than confess them? “The Lord
reads every secret of the heart. He knows all things. You may now close the book of
your remembrance, in order to escape confessing your sins; but when the
judgment shall sit, and the books shall be opened, you cannot close them. The
recording angel has testified that which is true. All that you have tried to conceal and
forget is registered, and will be read to you when it is too late for wrongs to be
righted. Then you will be overwhelmed with despair. O, it is a terrible thing that so
many are trifling with eternal interests, closing the heart against any course of action
which shall involve confession!” Review and Herald, 12-16-90:22.
(a) “Now, I have seen how the enemy works. He doesn't want to let go of the people
here. But, oh, let no soul go out from here with darkness, for he will be a body of
darkness wherever he goes. He scatters the seeds of darkness everywhere. He
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carries all these seeds and he begins to sow them, and it unsettles the confidence of
the people in the very truths that God wants to come to His people. I have told our
brethren here again and again that God has shown me that He raised up men here to
carry the truth to His people, and that this is the truth. Well, what effect did it have
on them? They were just the same; so that it should not be made of any account.
What is the matter? Brethren, I say again, Fall on the Rock and be broken! Don't
try to begin to make excuses. Well, here Christ says when they should bring
their offerings and make confession of their sins, if afterward they found that
other things came to their remembrance, notwithstanding but one, they should
come and make an offering for that.” Sermons and Talks vol. 1, p. 147:2.
(b) “Now, brethren, we want to have the simplicity of Christ. I know that He has a
blessing for us. He had it at Minneapolis, and He had it for us at the time of the
General Conference here. But there was no reception. Some received the light for
the people, and rejoiced in it. Then there were others that stood right back, and their
position has given confidence to others to talk unbelief, and cherish it. Now,
brethren, if you expect that every difficulty is going to be laid out in clear lines
before you,. and you wait until it is, then you will have to wait until the
judgment, and you will be weighed in the balances and found wanting.”
Sermons and Talks, vol. 1, p. 148:1.
III. REMEMBER THEM NO MORE
1. To what degree does God cleanse us from all of our sins?
a. God will blot out all of our sins. “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for
mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.” Isaiah 43:25.
(1) When God blots out all of our sins, does He remember them?
(a) “And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother,
saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the
greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will
remember their sin no more.” Jeremiah 31:34.
 “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their
iniquities will I remember no more.” Hebrews 8:12.
 “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” Hebrews 10:17.
(b) What happens if we do not confess our sins now and receive cleansing? “32.
Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before
my Father which is in heaven. 33. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him
will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 10:32, 33.
 What does it mean for Christ to confess our names before the Father? “He that
overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out
his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father,
and before his angels.” Revelation 3:5.
 “As the books of record are opened in the judgment, the lives of all who have
believed on Jesus come in review before God. Beginning with those who first
lived upon the earth, our Advocate presents the cases of each successive
generation, and closes with the living. Every name is mentioned, every case
closely investigated. Names are accepted, names rejected. When any have sins
remaining upon the books of record, unrepented of and unforgiven, their
names will be blotted out of the book of life, and the record of their good
deeds will be erased from the book of God's remembrance. The Lord
declared to Moses: „Whosoever hath sinned against Me, him will I blot out of
My book.‟ Exodus 32:33. And says the prophet Ezekiel: „When the righteous
turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, . . . all his
righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned.‟ Ezekiel 18:24.”
Great Controversy, p. 483:1.
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“All who have truly repented of sin, and by faith claimed the blood of Christ
as their atoning sacrifice, have had pardon entered against their names in the
books of heaven; as they have become partakers of the righteousness of Christ,
and their characters are found to be in harmony with the law of God, their sins
will be blotted out, and they themselves will be accounted worthy of eternal
life. The Lord declares, by the prophet Isaiah: „I, even I, am He that blotteth out
thy transgressions for Mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.‟ Isaiah
43:25. Said Jesus: „He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white
raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will
confess his name before My Father, and before His angels.‟ „Whosoever
therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father
which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also
deny before My Father which is in heaven.’ Revelation 3:5; Matthew 10:32,
33.” Great Controversy, p. 483:2.
(c) “All who have truly repented of sin, and by faith claimed the blood of Christ as
their atoning sacrifice, have had pardon entered against their names in the books
of heaven; as they have become partakers of the righteousness of Christ, and
their characters are found to be in harmony with the law of God, their sins will
be blotted out, and they themselves will be accounted worthy of eternal life. The
Lord declares, . . . „I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own
sake, and will not remember thy sins.‟ Isa. 43:25.” Maranatha, p. 93:4.
(2) Keep in mind that this happens only in the Investigative Judgment.
(a) Since our hope is in that Investigative Judgment, what needs to happen to our sins
immediately? “Now brethren, you want to get hold of the pillars of your faith. Here
is Christ in the great antitypical Day of Atonement, and you must understand that
you need a special preparation for the Day of Atonement. We want our sins taken
away; we want to confess them that they may go beforehand to judgment. Do
not go away in discouragement, but believe that Christ is able to cleanse you from
all unrighteousness. We must cease to sin, because sin is the transgression of -51-
the law. Put away sin, and then cling to the Mighty One who is able to wash away
every stain of sin. Now, this is a work of humility at this time, and we must confess
our sins and get nearer to God so He can write „Pardon‟ against our names.”
Sermons and Talks, vol. 1, pp. 50-51.
(b) What happens if we have not confessed our sins beforehand? “Those professed
believers who come up to the time of trouble unprepared, will, in their despair,
confess their sins before all in words of burning anguish, while the wicked exult
over their distress. The case of all such is hopeless. When Christ stands up, and
leaves the most holy place, then the time of trouble commences, and the case of
every soul is decided, and there will be no atoning blood to cleanse from sin and
pollution. As Jesus leaves the most holy, he speaks in tones of decision and kingly
authority: „He that is unjust, let him be unjust still; and he which is filthy, let him be
filthy still; and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still; and he that is holy, let
him be holy still. And behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give
every man according as his work shall be.‟” Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 1, p. 123:2.
 “Satan leads many to believe that God will overlook their unfaithfulness in the
minor affairs of life; but the Lord shows in His dealings with Jacob that He will
in no wise sanction or tolerate evil. All who endeavor to excuse or conceal
their sins, and permit them to remain upon the books of heaven,
unconfessed and unforgiven, will be overcome by Satan. The more exalted
their profession and the more honorable the position which they hold, the more
grievous is their course in the sight of God and the more sure the triumph of
their great adversary. Those who delay a preparation for the day of God
cannot obtain it in the time of trouble or at any subsequent time. The case
of all such is hopeless.” Great Controversy, p. 620:2.
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2. If God does not remember our sins any more, will there come a time on this earth that we
ourselves will not remember them?
a. That is the whole purpose of having a real mediator rather than merely animal symbols. “1.
For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things,
can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the
comers thereunto perfect. 2. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because
that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. 3. But in
those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. 4. For it is not
possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” Hebrews 10:1-4.
b. Our sins have literally been taken away into a land of forgetfulness. “Those who have
delayed a preparation for the day of God, cannot obtain it in the time of trouble, or at any
future period. The righteous will not cease their earnest, agonizing cries for deliverance.
They cannot bring to mind any particular sins; but in their whole life they can see but
little good. Their sins had gone beforehand to judgment, and pardon had been written.
Their sins had been borne away into the land of forgetfulness, and they could not bring
them to remembrance. Certain destruction threatens them, and, like Jacob, they will not
suffer their faith to grow weak because their prayers are not immediately answered. Though
suffering the pangs of hunger, they will not cease their intercessions. They lay hold of the
strength of God, as Jacob laid hold of the angel; and the language of their soul is, „I will not
let thee go except thou bless me.‟ The saints at length prevail, like Jacob, and are gloriously
delivered by the voice of God.” Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 1, pp. 123-124.
(1) Will we really forget them? “Had not Jacob previously repented of his sin in
obtaining the birthright by fraud, God could not have heard his prayer and
mercifully preserved his life. So in the time of trouble, if the people of God had
unconfessed sins to appear before them while tortured with fear and anguish, they
would be overwhelmed; despair would cut off their faith, and they could not have
confidence to plead with God for deliverance. But while they have a deep sense of
their unworthiness, they will have no concealed wrongs to reveal. Their sins will have
been blotted out by the atoning blood of Christ, and they cannot bring them to
remembrance.” Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 202:2.
(2) Similarly, if we are unprepared for that time, what will be erased in that case? “As the
books of record are opened in the judgment, the lives of all who have believed on Jesus
come in review before God. Beginning with those who first lived upon the earth, our
Advocate presents the cases of each successive generation, and closes with the living.
Every name is mentioned, every case closely investigated. Names are accepted, names
rejected. When any have sins remaining upon the books of record, unrepented of
and unforgiven, their names will be blotted out of the book of life, and the record
of their good deeds will be erased from the book of God's remembrance. The Lord
declared to Moses: „Whosoever hath sinned against Me, him will I blot out of My
book.‟ Exodus 32:33. And says the prophet Ezekiel: „When the righteous turneth away
from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, . . . all his righteousness that he hath
done shall not be mentioned.‟ Ezekiel 18:24.” Great Controversy, p. 483:1.
1. Since now is our time of opportunity, how should we come to Jesus? “Come to Jesus
just as you are, weak, sinful, ignorant, unworthy, and he will receive you. He says, „A
new heart also will I give thee.‟ Among the Jews there was a continual remembrance
made of sin. Every year on the day of atonement a fresh sacrifice was brought forth; for
sin was still remembered, and the blood of the sacrifices could not take away sin. But sins
forgiven through Christ are remembered no more. The Lord says, „I will remember their
sins no more.‟” Signs of the Times, 09-04-93:4.
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