Posted by: Standing Solus Christus | June 14, 2006

Christ Forgives Sins

Today our topic will deal with another tension that the fathers at the council of Nicea wrestled with.  It should be noted, however that these tensions were not addressed for the first time in AD 325. These issues had begun centuries prior to the historic council. We are now considering Scripture’s testimony of Christ actually forgiving sins.  In the following passages we see others testifying to Christ’s actually forgiving sins:

Hebrews 1:3:  And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power.  When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.

John 1:29:  The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

In the following passages we see from the lips of Christ Himself the pronouncement of forgiveness to people He encountered:

Luke 7:47-49:  “For this reason I say to you, her sins which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.”  Then He said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.”  Those who were reclining at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this man who even forgives sins?”

Luke 5:19-25:  …But not finding any way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down through the tiles with his stretcher, into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus.  Seeing their faith, He said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven you.”  The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is the man who speaks blasphemies?  Who can forgive sins, but God alone?”  But Jesus, aware of their reasonings, answered and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts? Which is easier to say ‘Your sins have been forgiven you’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?  “But, so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” – He said to the paralytic – “I say to you, get up, and pick up your stretcher and go home.”  Immediately he got up before them, and picked up what he had been lying on, and went home glorifying God.

It is apparent, especially in the last two passages that Christ’s pronouncement of forgiveness was extremely controversial in His day.  Those who heard Him make the pronouncement were aware that He was equating Himself with God, which was blasphemous for a mere human to do.  However, Jesus authenticates His pronouncement by performing a miraculous sign before their eyes.  This sign validates Christ authority to actually forgive sins. 

What are we to make of this event?  What is Jesus demonstrating to His audience in this event?  We will defer a conclusion until the remaining topics our discussed in forthcoming entries.

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  1. […] supported in texts that subscribe divine attributes to Him, such as being worshipped, authorized to forgives sins, Creator of all things, and the One who will judge the living and the dead.  This is not to […]


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