There is no discussion of this subject as such in the Bible, and the word never occurs there. But the sinner's need of forgiveness, of which absolution speaks, is entirely scriptural. So is the truth that forgiveness of sin is the gracious work of God in [[Jesus Christ]], who died for our sins and was raised for our justification (Rom. 4:25; cf. 1 John 1:9). He alone has the authority to absolve (Luke 7:47f.; cf. Col. 1:13f.).