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Did Jesus talk about grace?

Grace means to receive an undeserved favor. God understood that when man had sinned, he would be without hope. Therefore Jesus came to the earth to show God’s love with the people: “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). That is why life in grace is completely new to a Muslim. However, Jesus Christ did not use the word grace in the time he was on earth. Now we may ask where in the Bible, Jesus was talking or showed about grace.

1. Jesus has forgiven sin as sign of grace

“Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you” (Matthew 9:2). It was the grace of God through Jesus Christ, to give a blessing unasked [1]. “And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom. And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:41-43). The promise of Jesus is a wonderful example of amazing grace, that such a sinner, one of the chief of sinners, should immediately enter into the kingdom of God by the grace of God through Jesus Christ. By this act of grace we are to understand that Jesus Christ died to open the kingdom of heaven to all obedient believers [2]. “When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you” (Mark 2:5). The blessing Christ gave to this poor man is forgiveness of sin. This is what springs from the grace and mercy of God through Jesus Christ [3].

2. Jesus taught grace

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). This verse shows that Jesus preached, taught and encouraged to have faith in grace.

3. Conclusion

Although Jesus didn’t use the word grace, the Bible is showing us that his statements and ministry were full with grace. Jesus came to show the grace of God, who is perfect in goodness, the good news for all people.

Notes

1. John Gill, An Exposition of the New Testament, Volume 1, 1746, Matthew 9:2.
2. Matthew Henry, Matthew Henry"s Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible, Thomas Nelson, 2003, Luke 23:43.
3. John Gill, An Exposition of the New Testament, Volume 1, 1746, Mark 2:5.