John 20

“If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” Jesus states clearly that He was giving the apostles the authority to determine how one would receive forgiveness and enter the kingdom. Of course what they preached and taught did not come from them but the Spirit! The Comforter that Jesus had promised the apostles before His death. For Jesus told them that the Spirit would remind them of all things and reveal unto them all truth. From to time to time I encounter people that believe that only the “red letter text” in the gospels has authority in our walk and life. Those who believe that have missed the point of Jesus’ plan! For Jesus’ plan was that teh apostles were to reveal to the world how the Christian walk is to play out in this new age. For Jesus told them – “I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matt 18:18

2 Peter 3:2 “I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.” 

3 comments

  • katehefty

    When I was attending a Christian college (so many years ago!) I was privileged to take classes in NT Greek. The passage that was quoted from Matthew more accurately reads “Whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven.” The tense of the verb makes a difference. The disciples did not have authority to determine what was to be bound, but rather they had direct communication from the Father, through the Spirit, as to what had already been bound. They were the messengers.

    Another thought that came to me during this reading was the intensity of Peter’s reaction to the empty tomb. The other disciple reached the tomb first and stopped outside to peer in, but Peter wanted full knowledge and ran right inside. He had just been reprimanded by Jesus and I am sure was still feeling the consuming guilt at denying Him. Yet he ran to the tomb and to Jesus. Isn’t that what we are supposed to do when we fail Him? Run back to Him with all our might? I pray that will,always be my response.

  • missliz

    I’ve been thinking about the scripture a lot today. We know how forgiveness comes to us all, through the perfect sacrifice of Jesus and Jesus was clear that if we wanted that forgiveness for ourselves, we were to forgive others. We are the ambassadors spreading the Good News of Jesus forgiveness through the empowerment of the Spirit but if we fail to serve the King in proclaiming his message , the message is lost to a dying world. Again, another lesson about the direction of the Spirit.

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