Does sin ever become non-sin?

Monday Musings for August 03, 2020

Good morning, Musers,

We evangelicals often have the wrong idea about sin. I suspect this is because of the “once saved, always saved” stand we take on salvation. If that statement is true — and I affirm this is so — then what happens to our sins after we’re done with them?

Do they disappear?... fading until it seems as if they’d never been here... like we’re heading eastward and they’re heading westward? Or are they a dirty, gritty, oh-too-real part of our lives — not only here on earth... but as something we still have to address in the world to come?

The latter may be discomforting, but I think that’s more the truth... just not in a “you’re still paying for your sins” type of way. You see, redemption is the study of who-does-what with our sins... not the study of how our sins disappear — because they don’t! Sin is an uncomfortable — and an inextricable — part of our lives... and I’ll tell you all what I tell new Christians: even though you’re saved, you won’t be able to get away from sin.

But what about after we die? Aren’t we done with sin then? Sort of... and I realize I need to explain that qualification.

Do you think it would be fair and honoring to Jesus Christ, if — in the eternal state — we forget what he did to get us there...  forget that he gave up his mortal life in exchange for our eternal life? I think I’d be good with remembering that part of my sin… that somehow, the worst things I can offer redound to God’s glory forever. Yet it is also true that I’m not comfortable with the idea that I will remember my transgressions for eternity. (I hate it that I remember them now!)

So here’s my question: would you consider heaven to be a second class place if you had to remember your sins — the very sins that God has forgotten — rather than have them cognitively removed? I ask because I don’t know how spending eternity with Christ could work any other way. If we are living meaningful lives here on earth — lives God gave us so we might work the Great Commission — won’t our successes and failures be part of God’s eternal story?

I certainly hope that is true... because I see my life as having an eternal impact. But here’s my current thinking: when we receive our glorified bodies, our minds — and not just our brains — will be “whole” ... that is, perfect and pure — and I think that will do the trick! I repudiate the idea that God will give us a lobotomy of sorts... so we would forget the unpleasant things that helped get us where we will be.

I suspect that when we are whole — in the holy way God has planned for us — the angst my corrupted self feels over Jesus’ death simply won’t be there. What this means is, I will still be able to be in awe of Jesus’ sacrifice for me. There just won’t be any angst associated with it.

Today I know why Jesus had to die in my place — academically. But in eternity, I will know why personally. I will see him face-to-face, and he will explain our relationship one-on-one. It will be like Socrates talking to Plato... only so much better!

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