First: What Can Remove Sin? Sins are compared to deep stains that are almost impossible to remove. According to Scriptures there is only one solution to remove sins. It is called the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, and it is available at Calvary (Eph. 2:13; 1 John 1:7). No matter what religions or man may say, only the Lord can forgive sins (Matthew 9:6). At salvation, the Lord does not rebuild or remodel, but He takes away past old things (sins) and makes you a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). No one is saved without Christ – No one! (Acts 4:12; John 14:6; John 3:16). The song asks, “What can wash away my sin?” Answer, “Nothing but the Blood of Jesus.” All who are forgiven can also sing, “My sins are gone, G-O-N-E! But, “Where are they gone?”
What happens to forgiven sins? (1) Forgiven sins are forgotten! “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more” (Heb. 10:17). Naturally, God can remember, but He chooses not to remember. This means your sins are gone and will never be brought up again. Note: Christians should also forgive others and never bring it up again. Note: If it is brought up again, it was never forgiven. (2) Forgiven sins are cast as far as the east is from the west (Psa. 103:12). An immeasurable distance. East and west never meet. (3) Forgiven sins are cast into the deepest sea (Mich. 7:19). Corrie Ten-Boom said, “Put up a no-fishing sign.” (4) Forgiven sins are covered (Psa. 32:1; Rom. 4:7). Covered sins are hidden from sight and cannot be found. Note: Unforgiven hidden sins are uncovered and found (Num. 32:33). (5) Forgiven sins are cleansed (Psa. 51:2; 1 John 1:9). Cleansed sins are completely washed away. Good news! At the Judgment Seat of Christ, your cleansed, and cast forgiven sins will not be shown. But you works will be known (1 Cor. 3:13). (6) Forgiven sins are cast behind His back (Isa. 38:17). Behind means past and never before to be seen again. (7) Forgiven sins are blotted out (Isa. 43:25). Blotted out means to obliterate from existence. (8) Forgiven sins are nailed to the cross (Col. 2:14). Nailed and stamped “Paid In Full.” (Col 2:14).
Presidents pardon crimes, but only the Lord can pardon sins. Forgiven sins are removed, and your broken relationship with God is restored. But unconfessed sins forfeit forgiveness and remain unforgiven (Psa 32:5). Conclusion: Forgiven sins are forgotten sins with God. Also as we are forgiven, we should also forgive others (Eph. 4:32). Note: God has forgiven you, you must also forgive yourself. So when the Devil reminds you of your past, just remind him of his future. These are at least 8 things that happen to forgiven sins.
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