The Office of the Keys
What is the Office of the Keys?
It is that authority which Christ gave
to his church to forgive the sins of those who repent and to declare to
those who do not repent that their sins are not forgiven.
What are the words of Christ?
Our Lord Jesus Christ said to his disciples:
"Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are
forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." John 20:23
"Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." Matthew 18: 18
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