The Power To Forgive

Q. I have a question about Mark 2:10 “But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”. I understand that Jesus had to be made like us to be our kinsmen redeemer, I am wondering why he had the power to forgive sins as a man? Would it be more accurate to say he had to be made like Adam? If so, did Adam have the authority to forgive sins as well?

A. Jesus had to become a man to redeem us but that doesn’t mean He stopped being God. When the Pharisees asked, “Who can forgive sins but God alone?” (Mark 2:7) they knew the answer was “No one.” Jesus performed the miraculous healing to prove He was God in human form and therefore had the authority to forgive sins (Mark 2:10-12).

And you’re right, it would have been more accurate to say that He was made like Adam, because of all the human race only Adam and Jesus had no sin nature. But even Adam could not forgive sins. Only God can do that.

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