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Can Jesus Forgive Sins?

In Christianity, the belief that Jesus can forgive sins is central and grounded in various passages from the Bible, where His authority to forgive sins is explicitly mentioned and demonstrated through His actions. This belief is reflected in the teachings of different Christian denominations and is based on biblical accounts.

Relevant Bible Verses

  1. Mark 2:5-12 (NIV): When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” This statement by Jesus led some teachers of the law to think, “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Jesus, aware of their thoughts, then asked them which was easier: to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? To show that He had authority on earth to forgive sins, He healed the paralyzed man, demonstrating His divine authority.
  2. Luke 7:48-50 (NIV): Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” In this passage, Jesus forgives the sins of a sinful woman, highlighting His divine authority and the power of faith.
  3. Matthew 9:6 (NIV): “But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” This verse underscores Jesus’ declaration of His authority to forgive sins, which He demonstrated by healing a paralyzed man.

Relevant Examples

  • The Healing of the Paralyzed Man (Mark 2:1-12): Jesus not only forgave the man’s sins but also healed his physical paralysis, showing the connection between spiritual healing (forgiveness) and physical healing.
  • The Forgiveness of the Sinful Woman (Luke 7:36-50): Jesus forgave a woman known to be a sinner, demonstrating His willingness to forgive all who come to Him in faith, regardless of their past.
  • The Promise of Forgiveness on the Cross (Luke 23:34): Jesus, even while suffering on the cross, asked God to forgive those who were crucifying Him, showcasing His ultimate authority and willingness to forgive sins.

Three Main Takeaways

  1. Jesus’ Authority: Jesus clearly claimed and demonstrated the authority to forgive sins, an authority that according to Jewish understanding, belongs only to God, thereby affirming His divine nature.
  2. The Role of Faith: In the instances where Jesus forgave sins, the faith of the individuals (or those around them) played a crucial role. This emphasizes the importance of faith in receiving forgiveness.
  3. Forgiveness for All: Jesus offered forgiveness to a wide range of people, from paralyzed individuals and known sinners to those crucifying Him. This shows that His offer of forgiveness is available to all who seek Him, regardless of their past actions or current state.

These biblical passages and examples underline the Christian doctrine that Jesus, being divine, has the authority to forgive sins, offering forgiveness to anyone who approaches Him in faith.


  • Greg Gaines

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