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Salvation By Grace

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Grace, God's Grace​​​By Don Krow  

Jesus many times used parables, stories which illustrated spiritual truths. Luke18:9-14 begins, “And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others.” Jesus was targeting a certain audience: those who trusted that they were righteous and automatically despised and looked down on everyone else. He told this parable to these people who trusted in the things they did. We would call them self-righteous, which is what Jesus was speaking about when He said they looked down on everyone else saying, “I am better than you!”  To read the full lesson text click here.

To complete this course, watch the video below and then work through the question and answer section.  



​1.  Read Luke 18:9. What is a parable?

2.  Read Luke 18:9. To whom did Jesus direct this parable? 

3.  Read Luke 18:9 (the last part of the verse). People that are self-righteous always reveal an attitude toward others. According to Luke 18:9, what is that attitude?

4.  Read Luke 18:10. Two people went to pray; in modern language, where did they go to pray? 

5.  Read Luke 18:10. Who were these people?  

6.  Read Luke 18:11. What was the Pharisee’s prayer? 

 7.  Read Luke 18:12. What does fasting mean?

8.  Read Luke 18:12. What does it mean to give tithes?

9.  Read Luke 18:13. Where was the tax collector standing?

10.  Read Luke 18:13. Why did the tax collector hang down his head and not look up? 

11.  Read Luke 18:13. What was this tax collector’s prayer?

 12.  Read Luke 18:14. Which one of these men was declared righteous before God when he went to his home?

13.  Read Luke 18:14. Why was the tax collector declared righteous and not the Pharisee?

14.  Read Luke 18:14. Did God forgive this tax collector? 

15.  Read Romans 10:13. If you right now got down on your knees and cried out to God from your heart “God be merciful to me, a sinner,” would God treat you the same way He treated the tax collector?


​1.  A biblical parable is a story that illustrates spiritual truth.

2.  To those who trusted in themselves that they were righteous; that is, they were self-righteous.

 3.  They despise other or look down on others.

4.  To the church.

5.  A Pharisee and a publican/tax collector.

6.  God, I thank you I am not like other men (I’m not a sinner). I’m not a swindler, unjust, an adulterer, or even like this tax collector.

7.  To go without food.

8.  To give a tenth of one’s income.

9.  Afar off. Why? He was ashamed to go into the church (or temple) because he was such a terrible sinner, so he stayed outside.  

10.  He was ashamed. Have you ever done something wrong and would not look a person in the face?

11.  God be merciful to me; I am a sinner!

12.  The tax collector.

13.  Because he humbled himself before God. The Pharisee was full of pride; he didn’t think he needed a Savior.

14.  Yes.  

 15.  Yes, He would. He would forgive me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. See 1 John 1:8-9.

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