7. The Lord Gives the Power to Forgive Sins
On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. f you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” (John 20:19-23)
This stage is actually the new ordination, no longer confined to the church, now a self ordination that occurs when we have integrated our I Am into our soul and can express it in daily life. The first sign that we have achieved this is when we forgive.
“The next words are very significant. “And when He had said this, He breathed on them” Breathed is emphysao and this is the word used for ‘breathed on’ in the Old Testament to describe God’s action when he formed the man from the dust of the ground and “breathed into him the breath of life and the man became a living being” Gen 2:7 ‘Living being’ is psuche zoa and refers to the soul. This is the moment humanity had access to an individual soul.
“God here is Elohim or Jehovah, the beings who are part of the ninefold order of spiritual beings who create and regulate the cosmos. Jehovah held the group human I Am until we each accepted responsibility for holding it ourselves. We see the progressive evolution of the human being in John’s text.
The final words of the blessing are: “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” Receive the Holy Spirit means to purify our astral body, the body of emotions which prevents us from forgiving. Forgive is aphiemi as previously mentioned. We let the matter leave us. It is interesting to note that within this word is the word eimi – ego eimi – which means I Am.
It becomes clear to us that we are being initiated into the secrets of the I Am. If we pass the initiation we become Christen-ed beings fully connected to our I Am. It is interesting that the part of us that doubts is not in the room – Thomas.” Who Is Jesus : What is Christ? Vol 5 by Kristina Kaine
Fresco – Angels Adoring the Holy Spirit by Vecchio c1500