“When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both. So which of them will love him more?”
(a) They were unable to repay. Like the debtors in the story, we are unable to save ourselves.
(b) He graciously forgave them both. What a wonderful picture of the free grace and forgiveness that God extends to us (Eph. 1:7). Jesus died for us while we were sinners, and he forgave us while we were sinners (Col. 2:13). Before you repented, confessed, or did anything, the Lamb of God carried away all your sins – past, present, and future. See entry for Luke 23:34.
(c) Forgave. The original word for forgave (charizomai) means to show favor or kindness. It’s closely related to the word that means grace (charis). In context, the word means unconditional forgiveness (see also Luke 7:43, 2 Cor. 2:7, 10, 12:13, Eph. 4:32, Col. 2:13, 3:13). This word is sometimes translated as give, gave, or given (Luke 7:21, Rom. 8:32, Php. 1:29, 2:9) reinforcing the new covenant revelation that forgiveness is a gift to be received by faith (see entry for Acts 13:38).
The Grace Commentary is a work in progress with new content added regularly. Sign up for occasional updates below. Got something to say? Please use the Feedback page. To report typos or broken links on this specific page, please use the comment form below.