Does reconciliation with others confer grace?

What follows is part of a conversation I had with someone regarding the Roman Catholic Church.

I wrote, “Where in the Bible does Paul or any of the early church leaders teach that there are seven sacraments?”

After having mentioned baptism (see previous post), he continued, “Reconciliation: Matt. 6:12 John 20:21-23”

Matthew 6:12 speaks of asking God to forgive our sins in the same way we forgive others. Also note that this was given to Jesus’ disciples, not the 12.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

John 20:21-23

21So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 “If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.”

This verse also does not tell us that when disciples forgive sins that this causes God to forgive those sins. What is says is that if disciples forgive sins, it is because they have been forgiven in heaven, and if they do not, it is because they have not been forgiven in heaven.

While we are to reconcile with our brothers (Matthew 5:23-24), God has reconciled us to Him through Christ (Romans 5:10-11; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20). It was not done by man, but by God Himself. So no, reconciliation with others does not confer the grace of God upon us.

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