Another verse in the deity of Jesus debate
Because I have recently started another Bible-in-a-year devotional reading journey, in the NT I'm back to the Gospels, where today's chapters included this scene, found in Matthew 9.2-8... (emphasis added)
2 And just then some people were carrying a paralyzed man lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” 3 Then some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” 4 But Jesus, perceiving their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5 For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and walk’? 6 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Stand up, take your bed and go to your home.” 7 And he stood up and went to his home. 8 When the crowds saw it, they were filled with awe, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to human beings.
The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Mt 9:2–8). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
In his narration of the story of the paralytic's healing, Matthew makes a clear distinction between God and the human being Jesus to whom God had granted the authority to forgive sins.
That's my view of the text, of course. I will welcome your view, especially of the meaning of v.8.