In the revelation Christ gave John concerning judgment of the dead, He wrote:
And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books [Revelation 20:12].
There are many books in Heaven. Our Heavenly Father writes and keeps books. One of such books is the Book of Life which bears the names of the saved – souls that would not be hurt by the Second Death, eternity in the lake of fire [Revelation 20:15]. Also present, in heaven, is another book whose seals bear the fierce wrath of God to be unleashed upon the ungodly [Revelation 5:1].
However, there is a book called the Book of Remembrance that lies in the presence of God. This is a book which contains things the Almighty wants to commit to memory; events and deeds He wants to keep for eternity.
Six things God keeps in this book are:
1. Confessions of His children. Malachi, the last prophet of the old covenant wrote:
Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD listened and heard them; So a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD, and who meditate on His name [Malachi 3:16].
Words are not taken lightly by God. He has promised to judge, even, the idle words we speak; by those words we shall be justified or condemn [Matthew 12:36]. However, the words of those who honour and think about Him are extremely important to Him. His ears are always opened to their conversation. He writes and keeps their confessions to see to their fulfillment.
God performs the words and pronouncements of His children. He told the Israelites whilst in the wilderness:
Just as you have spoken in my hearing, so I will do to you [Number 14:28].
He recorded their words, and did just as their pronouncements were.
2. His covenants with His children. God records every covenant He makes with His people; every promise He gives them is written in His book of remembrance. He writes to ensure they’re fulfilled. He is a covenant keeping God.
The first covenant God made with man was in Genesis 6, with Noah. He promised to keep Noah and all creatures in the ark safe during the flood that would wipe off the entire wicked generation of that era.
He kept his word as promised and preserved Noah and all creatures aboard. It is recorded that:
God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that were with him in the ark; and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the water asswaged [Genesis 8:1].
On flipping the pages of His book of remembrance that lies in front of Him, He remembered his covenant and saw to its fulfillment. Every promise He gives you will surely be performed. Rest assured! It is written in His book of remembrance.
3. Service of His children to Him. God records the toils of His children who serve Him whole-heartedly. He takes notice of every service rendered to Him and to His cause.
When King Hezekiah was prompted to put his house in order, since his sickness was taking him to the grave, he wept sorely and asked God to remember his service and restore him to life.
After perusing His book of remembrance, God saw that what the king had said was in conformity to what was written about the king’s service to Him. So, He healed him and added 15 years to his life [Isaiah 38:1-5].
The request of the king for healing and long life was in agreement with the words of God spoken by the mouth of Isaiah, the prophet:
Put me in remembrance; let us contend together; state your case, that you may be acquitted [Isaiah 43:26].
God is not unjust to forget your work and labour of love which you show toward His name [Hebrews 6:10]. Know that, your labour in the LORD is not in vain [1 Corinthians 15:58]. They are all recorded in heaven’s book of remembrance, and can’t be forgotten.
4. Offerings of His children to Him. God records every gift His child presents to honour His name. The things we give to support His work, as demonstration of our love for Him, are all written before Him in the book of remembrance, awaiting a time for reward which could be a day of great need or adversity. In such periods, when help seems inexistent, words written in this book speaks to God and cry for His show of kindness and goodness to His child.
He has said in Psalms:
Offer to God thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me. [Psalm 50:14-15]
Paul enlightened the church at Philippi when he told them about the importance of giving to support God’s work. He wrote:
Not that I seek the gift, but I seek fruit that abounds to your account [Philippians 4:17]
Paul meant that everyone has an account with God; and that as you give to support His work, your account is credited. Heaven has records of all offerings to God and gifts in support of His work. He will never forget them!
5. Acts of love towards mankind. Every act of love, in honour of God’s command to love one another, attracts His attention. Our generosities towards the underprivileged and needy are all written before Him who lives forever.
God sent an angel to Cornelius with this message:
Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God [Acts 10:31].
The centurion was a just man who fears God and had been extremely generous to the poor. His goodness to mankind had so filled God’s book of remembrance that it spoke to God, and brought eternal salvation to him and to his house.
God records our acts of love towards mankind; never does He ever forget. They are always before His face.
6. Sins of man. God records every sin a man commits in His book of remembrance. However, He wipes away the sins of His children from this book anytime they repent and ask for forgiveness.
He had said:
For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more [Jeremiah 31:34].
I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins Isaiah 43:25].
The above promises only apply to the child of God who truly repents and asks for forgiveness. But for the ungodly and the sinner, their evil records stand before God as a memorial in His book of remembrance.
Great Babylon was going to fall, for her sins had heaped up to heaven, and God had remembered her iniquities [Revelation 18:5]. The sins of the ungodly are always before His face. No wonder He is always angry at them.
The Psalmist said:
God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day [Psalm 7:11].
He desire is that, the ungodly would receive His saving knowledge and come to repentance so he could readily blot away their sins from His records.
We are all going to be judged according to Heaven’s records on us. This knowledge must greatly influence how we live our transient lives on this Earth. We must take cognizance of the things for which we’ll be remembered in eternity!