Tony...look at it like this.<quoted text>
"If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven. If you retain the sins of any, they are retained."
If you come to me and say Chuck, "I have repented of my sins and have received Christ by faith". I can say to you, your sins are forgiven. Not because I or anyone else has the power to forgive sins but because of what Christ did at the cross.
**Think maybe that what the context is or no?