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Category: Salvation

The story is about two men who owe a debt a creditor, one 50 denarii and the other 500 denarii. In Matthew 20:2, Jesus uses an example of a laborer working in a vineyards for one denarius per day. So, we can assume that in this parable, one owed fifty days wages and the other five hundred days wages. Each debtor owes a considerable sum for that time period but one owed substantially more than he other. However, in this parable, both debts were forgiven by the creditor, regardless of the amount owed.
The Greek word translated as “freely” above is “dōreán”. It literally means “without cause”. Romans 3:24 is telling us that we were justified (declared to righteous) without any particular cause in ourselves. In other words, we didn’t do anything to merit our justification (our right standing before God).