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Hi Peter…

6. The Pharisees are given the unusual honour of correctly perceiving what was and was not due to Jesus in Mark’s version of the healing of the paralytic (which you avoid mentioning) — “He’s blaspheming. Who can forgive sins but God alone?” That Jesus then forgives sins and heals the man proves the point.

Following your logic above… what then can be concluded from Jesus’ words here…

Jn 20:23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

Who can forgive sins but God alone? That the disciples then forgive sins and heal many provokes an interesting point to ponder… were the disciples likewise divine? Cf. Jn 17:22-23, 26

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