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Jesus Christ’s ministry of forgiveness

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A central feature of Jesus Christ’s ministry was his declaration that believers’ sins were forgiven through their faith in him.

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Jesus Christ’s ministry of forgiveness was foretold

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Jesus Christ’s exercise of forgiveness

Luke 23:33–34 KJV 1900
33 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. 34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
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Jesus Christ has authority on account of his divinity to forgive sins

Jesus Christ’s authority to forgive is authenticated by his healing of the paralytic.

People’s offence at Jesus Christ’s exercise of forgiveness

Mark 2:5–7 KJV 1900
5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. 6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, 7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?

Parables of forgiveness

the unmerciful servant; ; the lost son

The church’s ministry of forgiveness in Jesus Christ’s name

John 20:21–23 KJV 1900
21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.
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