Jesus on Grace

Jesus had a lot to say about grace without using the term.

Simple sayings:

  • Those who believe have eternal life (John 5:24).
  • All those believing will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; may be John the narrator speaking)
  • All those who come to the Son are favorably raised to life (John 6:35-40).

My favorites:

  • Parable: An ungodly but contrite man is freely justified (Luke 18:9-14).
  • Jesus forgives sinful woman (Luke 7:36-49). Then illustrates that the one forgiven little loves little.


  • Jesus successfully keeps believers he specifically prays for (John 17:6-26).
  • God’s generous and shocking reward-economy in a parable (Matthew 20:1-16).
  • God freely gives to those who simply ask (Matthew 7:7-12).
  • Jesus tells thief on cross he’ll be with him today in paradise (Luke 23:43).
  • All sins besides blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be forgiven (Matthew 12:30-32).
  • The humble will be exalted (Matthew 23:12).
  • Forgiveness of huge debt background for parable of unforgiving servant (Matthew 18:15-35).
  • Jesus seeks out lost sheep (Luke 15:1-7).
  • Generous father forgives prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32).
  • Jesus heals a rowdy, loud blind beggar (Luke 18:35-43).
  • Jesus forgives scumbag Zaachaeus (Luke 19:1-10).

These are good to meditate on!