Really Forgiven!

While we tend to remember, to one degree or another, sins that we have committed – and other people almost always seem to remember – God's perspective is very different. When we have sought forgiveness of our sins and placed our faith in Jesus Christ we have become a new creation...

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God... (2 Corinthians 5:17-18a)

When God, Himself, says that the old has gone, He isn't kidding! Those sins of the past are gone, plus those sins of the future that are part of our past (as found in the sinful flesh) are also gone. So where do they go?...

Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. (Micah 7:18-19)

In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back. (Isaiah 38:17b)

"I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. (Isaiah 43:25)

No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest," declares the LORD. "For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more." (Jeremiah 31:34, see also Hebrews 8:11-12, 10:17)

When God forgives, He forgets forever! His purification is permanent and complete...

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:8-9)

And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (Hebrews 10:10, also read from verse 1 to 9)

"Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. (Isaiah 1:18)

The Father no longer looks upon our sin, as it has been covered by the blood of Jesus. As the old hymn asks, "Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?" Only with the sin removing power of Jesus' blood can our sins be forgiven.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)

How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! (Hebrews 9:13-14)

The next time the Devil throws that old sin of the past in your face, stand firm in Christ knowing that you have been fully forgiven and God no longer holds it against you. Complete forgiveness!