Who has the authority on earth to forgive sins? Well, you do! That’s what Jesus says.

Who has the authority on earth to forgive sins? Well, you do! That’s what Jesus says.

BibleGateway: John 20:19-23

ESV Text: John 20:19-23

John 20:19–23 (Listen)

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews,1 Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”

Footnotes

[1] 20:19 Greek Ioudaioi probably refers here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, in that time

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KJV Text: John 20:19-23

The section starts at about 2:22 and ends at about 3:15

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     19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. 21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.(KJV)


Hymn: WS 780 :
Dear Lord, to Your True Servants Give

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1. Dear Lord, to Your true servants give
The grace to You alone to live.
Set free from sin to serve You, Lord,
They go to share Your living Word,
The gospel message to proclaim
That all may know Your saving name.

2. They gladly go at Your command
To spread your Word o’er sea and land.
Be with them, Lord, and make them strong
To heal sin’s ills, to right the wrong.
Your rule is over wind and wave,
And mighty is Your arm to save.

3. When all their labor seems in vain,
Revive their sinking hopes again;
And when success crowns what they do,
Oh,keep them humble, Lord, and true
Until before Your judgment seat
They lay their trophies at Your feet.


Hymn: TLH 482 :
Dear Lord, to Thy True Servants Give

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