Well, where does the “official position” come from - where do we find it? For the average Joe/Jane it comes from credal book, “The 28 Fundamental Beliefs…”. For the more studious, they might go to the “SDA Bible Commentary”.
"The 28" (I have the older book when we had just 27 beliefs)
Under the heading "Characteristics of the Remnant
1) “those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus” (Rev. 14:12)
It further explains the testimony of Jesus to be one of the gifts of the Spirit. The Bible does not
say that. So, where do they get that?
2) They get that from Rev. 19:10, which says, “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophesy”.
HERE IS THE PROBLEM:
They have lifted this out of context, saying, "The remnant will be guided by the testimony of Jesus conveyed through the gift of prophesy≥. They have made "SPIRIT OF PROPHESY into a proper noun - a name we give EGW’s writings, “TheSpirit of Prophesy” books.
The real story, in context, is that an angel was giving John a vision of the remnant. John “fell at the angel’s feet to worship him”. The angel said, "You must not do that. I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold the testimony of Jesus. Worship God , for the testimony of JESUS is the SPIRIT of prophesy. The angel admonishes John not to bow before him because he is just a servant like John himself; but worship God, because the spirit (essence - #4151 Strong) of the prophesy I’m giving you is a testimony about Jesus.
This phraseology is used before in Acts 10:26 - When Peter entered, Cornelius met him, and fell at his feet and worshiped him. But Peter raised him up, saying stand up; I too am just a man.
The other problem is the term “The faith of Jesus”. True to form, the church interprets this to mean “the same faith as Jesus had”. This puts the oneness on us to conjure up the depth of faith Jesus had. Actually, what it says “Faith IN Jesus”. SDA Concordance: Faith of Jesus OR, Faith IN Jesus , the LATTER being preferred. Yet the SDA choice seems to be “OF Jesus”. Why - because if it’s faith IN Jesus it’s too spiritual, leaving us nothing to do except BELIEVE. Adventism is all about “doing”.
According to the SDA official teaching as to the identity of the remnant - “They keep the commandments (Saturday Sabbath); and are guided by our prophet”. NO DIRCT MENTION OF FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST THROUGH WHOM WE HAVE LIFE ETERNAL LIFE - WHICH IS CENTRAL TO THE IDENTY OF A CHRISTIAN.
Paul writes: For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, HAVING BEEN RECONCILED, WE SHALL BE SAVED BY HIS LIFE. The sinless life of Jesus stands for ours, so that His death pays for sins. This will bring an automatic accusation of “cheap grace”. Again, context with the rest of Paul - sorrow for our sins; and a sincere heart.