It's not merely covered over 


How does God forgive sin? Does he merely cover it over?

A few observations...

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.