Day 31~ John 19-21

20:22 has always intrigued me.  Why would John make a point in writing, “And with that he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’ “?  I have my thoughts, but what are yours?

Then following that, the next sentence, 20:23, may leave you perplexed as well.

23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

I like how one commentary worded the explanation of that odd verbiage.  

“The statement is connected with their (the apostles) being sent our into the world, and with the effect of their ministry of the Gospel in the forgiveness of sins by the Spirit’s power, or the retention of sins by the rejection of the message.”

Comments

Rapster J said…
As for the Holy Spirit, it must have been a special anointing to give them strength and power to continue the work until Pentecost. They would need it. As for the forgiveness of sins, my commentary says only God can forgive sins, so it must mean they can TELL them their sins are forgiven if they believe on Jesus or not? It's one of those times where we have to take in the whole message of the Bible so as not to misinterpret (scripture checks scripture).
I agree with you, Julie that something occurred right then and there when he breathed on them. I didn't like how one commentary said it was to prep them for the day of Pentecost.
However, little did I know that this little statement that can be so easily missed is one of debate among biblical scholars.
I found a great site that goes into it further if you are interested.
https://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/241/is-jesus-giving-the-spirit-in-john-2022

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