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I will remember their sins no more.
                  —Hebrews 8:12

On January 10, 49 BC, Julius Caesar led his 13th Legion across the Rubicon river into Italy, which the Roman government considered treason—carrying an automatic death sentence. Once Caesar crossed the Rubicon, there was no turning back. It was do-or-die.

“Crossing the Rubicon” remains a metaphor for passing a point of no return.

Station guards at the gates of your words and actions, for that’s your Rubicon. Once you’ve said it, you can’t unsay it; once you’ve done it, you can’t undo it.

There is one exception: in baptism, your sins were washed away (Acts 22:16). You have been justified (Rom 3:24) and declared righteous (Rom 4:24). God has erased your sins from his memory as though they never existed (Heb 8:12).

When God forgives, he forgets.

Not barely saved by the skin of your teeth,
but wholly saved by God’s grace.

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