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The Lord Jesus breathed on His disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” (Jn 20:22–23)
- Jesus gives his ministers the authority to forgive sins (Jn 20:22–23)
- The pastor speaks by Christ’s command to forgive and retain sins (Jn 20:22–23)
- All Christians forgive one another and remind each other of the forgiveness which is our in Christ Jesus (Mt 6:12, Mt 7:1–5, Mt 18:21–35)
If you want more information on Confession and its meaning,
check out the Small Catechism.