What is meant by Jesus in John 20:23, remitting and retaining sins?

  • John 16:8-11 KJV  And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  9  Of sin, because they believe not on me;  10  Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;  11  Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

It is the Holy Spirit that decides whether your sins are remitted or retained. See the study Methodology of Salvation.