Imagine if it was common for people to say this to others. You might wonder where they were coming from, how they dare to insinuate that you had “sinned” or how they dared to imagine that they had the power or authority to forgive sins.
But this may be the position of every believer, that they are indeed authorised to forgive sin, because they have the same authority as Jesus.
This was where I arrived after asking for an infilling of the Spirit. The problem with that is, it often means waking in the middle of the night with many thoughts occupying your mind, and not getting back to sleep again. Also the thoughts die out after a while, and it is hard to remember them in their full meaning and intent.
To say to people that you forgive their sins, puts you on the same level as a catholic priest perhaps. People should be glad that their sins if any, are forgiven, regardless of who is doing the forgiving. This after all, is the gospel message. To say that “I forgive your sins” is really the ultimate theological statement, although I cannot at the moment explain this to you.
Love is a law, it is the law of God, it is who He is and what He is, and what He does. This law works against the law of sin and death, and overpowers it.
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. So the law empowers sin by entrapping the mind which then imprisons or freezes the heart. The liberated (in principle) mind is in captivity because of law, it wants to be free but finds no way to do this. The sting of death paralyses the whole person. The law is disempowered by forgiveness, by the operation of the true nature of God. This now disempowered law is the law of Moses, which is also the law of sin and death.
So we see that it is law that empowers sin, and it is law that comes against the body of Jesus because of the inherent death processes within Him. This law is overcome by the law of love.
And that’s all I have for you at the moment.
[the catholic priest reference was a bit ‘tongue in cheek’]