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|NASB||Luke 5:21 The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, "Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?"|
|Luke 5:21 The scribes and the Pharisees began to consider and question [the implications of what He had said], saying, "Who is this man who speaks blasphemies [by claiming the rights and prerogatives of God]? Who can forgive sins [that is, remove guilt, nullify sin's penalty, and assign righteousness] except God alone?"|
|Bible Question: If god gives us the authority to heal in Jesus's name... can we forgive sins in Jesus's name too? I found it the same to heal in an spiritual or physical way. I understand that is not our power but his and we only use it for and because of him.|
Bible Answer: Hi, glena...
The Pharisees were right on the money when they asserted "God alone can forgive sins!" God is the offended party in our transgressions and failures (see Psalm 51).
However, as a believer shows evidences of their salvation, it is certainly appropriate for us to remind them of the benefits of the gospel -- the imputation of the elects' sin to Christ and the imputation of His righteousness to them.
In Him, Doc
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