I'm talking more about the element of sin that dwells in our flesh as spoken of in 1 John 1:8 and Romans 7:18.
But you're right in saying that the sins we have committed in the past (Romans 3:25) are gone. There is no more record of them; that's absolute for every true believer.
One other thing: the past is updated with every new second that passes.
Forget, His mercies are new every morning. For the person who abides, His mercies are new every moment! Because He has begun a good work and He will also complete it. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. If we walk in the light as He is in the light then we have fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son continually (the verb tense of the original Greek bears out this meaning) cleanses us from all sin.
Of course if you really blunder, it takes some time to repent (confess and forsake your sin) because the act of prayer is involved. And in such a case it may take until the next morning before you will actually feel forgiven again. (if you are in such a state of roller coaster living).
Now if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to not only forgive us of our sins but to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
That means that His righteousness becomes part of our character and will be the ruling factor in our lives.
Edited by Geoff Primanti, 12 August 2014 - 01:58 AM.