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Jesus has never been recorded as saying “I forgive …” or ” I have forgiven ….”, the same way God does in Numbers 14:20.
Rather in the NT, Jesus has been recorded as saying: “…your sins are forgiven,” in Mark 2:9, Luke 5:20, Mark 2:5, Matthew 9:5, 1 John 2:12,Matthew 9:2. NOT ONCE INSTANCE, does Jesus say I FORGIVE or I HAVE FORGIVEN.
What difference does it make? The latter implies that God has given the authority to forgive sins , like He did to the Jewish priests in Leviticus 4:20.
Therefore Jesus is claiming a priestly status and not a divine one.
Heb 9:22( KJV)
And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
This passage in the Bible is used by Christians to justify their belief in sacrifice/atonement; that a price has to be paid, blood has to be shed to remove sin from oneself and from mankind. This post will call into question whether Hebrews 9:22 is in line with the teaching of the Old Testament, and by so-doing will bring into question the authenticity of the passage, the authorship of the passage and/or even the validity of adhering to a Pauline doctrine.