When Adam and Eve sinned, their relationship with God was immediately changed. Like them, our relationship with God has been broken due to sin. A restored relationship with God (called reconciliation) requires the removal of the “thing” that broke our relationship in the first place (sin). When God forgives sin, it is removed entirely—all past, present, and future sins. When a person is forgiven, he or she is immediately reconciled with God. The restored relationship is referred to in various terms: salvation, saved, new birth, born again, new creation, redeemed. The various terms have a slightly different meaning, but have the same general idea.
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