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That the hymn writer's doctrine here is correct can be seen particularly clearly in the parable of the unforgiving servant (cf. Matthew 18:21-35) - the eponymous servant received (extraordinary) grace through the large cancellation of his debt but upon his insistence that another servant repay a much smaller debt owed to him, he was judged not worthy of the ...


I think ... that it is almost certainly a case of poetic license here. It's simply saying "I'm incredibly immeasurably grateful for this gift of grace and I want to dedicate my life to you because of it".


The closest thing to a real concise example is the parable of the prodigal son. The story is found in Luke 15:11-32 The story starts with the son demanding his share of the inheritance, so, unfortunately, it is a difficult case to make that he found favor with his father in the first place. The son then leaves his father's house and squanders the ...


Another theologian who anticipated some of the important thoughts of the Reformation, including sola gratia, was Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153), who was frequently cited by both Luther and Calvin.

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