Often when I defend the faith to Protestants I use passages such as these to establish the authority of the church and the primacy of Peter.
18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. (matt 16:18,19)
similarly when I try to defend reconciliation I use such passages as
23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. (John 20:23)
Often the protestant response is that that authority died with the apostles and was not passed on to their successors
The bible clearly establishes apostolic succession, but does the bible suggest that the power to heal and forgive sins that was given to the apostles is also subject to this succession?