It's not merely covered over
How does God forgive sin? Does he merely cover it over?
A few observations...
- Two aspects to mortal sin: (1) the separation from God, (2) the effects on our soul.
- In forgiving us, God actually removes #1 — the sin is actually forgiven, we are again united with God.
- The teaching is wrong, that we remain as filthy rags and that God merely covers over our sins, seeing Christ's righteousness instead.
- Before coming into God's presence in the new heavens and new earth, the effects of sin on our soul #2 must be purged out during this life and in Purgatory.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
How can we be truly a new creature in Christ if our totally depraved sin nature remains and if our sins are merely covered over?
We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts. (2 Peter 1:19)
How can the day star arise in our hearts if our sins are merely covered over?
Certainly in the new heavens and new earth our sins will finally be purged. Those who teach our sins are merely covered don't explain the process whereby we go from being totally depraved with our sins covered to having our sins truly finally purged, or when this occurs.