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.”