Okay, let’s get back on topic. Now that I have chased the rabbit of cell phone rudeness back into the briar patch, I would like to return to the subject we were discussing earlier in the week.
Does God remember the sins that He has forgiven? How does a perfect God forget? First, let us see what Scripture has to say on the subject, then we will explore the “how”?
And their sins and iniquities I will remember no more. Hebrews 10:17
Very simply, when our sins are confessed by us and forgiven by God, it is as if it never happened in the sight of God. He gives us His promise that they are never to be remembered again.
How can this be? If God can forget about our sins, couldn’t He also forget about a promise? What about me, could He forget who I am?
Remember that God is eternal. He is not confined to the present. Understand that your entire life (past and future as well as the present) is unfolded before God. When a person becomes a believer in Christ, the blood of Christ is applied to their life, cleansing them of all their sins. You need to understand that this cleansing removes the cause of the offense as well as the stain. It is literally as if it never happened. There is no residue of sin before God.
But God still remembers that it used to be there, right?
The verse I quoted states that God will remember them no more. God has the power to simply remove it from His memory. This is not an accidental act of forgetting, put it is purposefully choosing not to remember our offenses.
We can rest assured in knowing that when we confess our sins, our slate is wiped clean before God. He is not going to throw them back in our face if we falter and commit the same sin again. He is not going to hold them over our heads. And He is certainly not going to allow the accuser of the brethren to use them as evidence against us.
Once and for all, we can be forgiven.