As per lot of accounts and with verses from his epistles like the ones quoted below, Paul (AD 5 – 67) seems to be the numero uno as far as grace preachers are concerned…
“the law entered, that the offence [sin] might abound, but where sin abounded, grace did much more abound” (Romans 5:20).
“even so might grace reign through righteousness unto age-lasting [aionian] life by Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 5:21).
For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. — Romans 6:14 (NIV).
“And if by grace, then it is no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.” Romans 11:6
I do not set aside God’s grace, because if righteousness could come through the law, then Christ died for nothing! Galatians 2:21
“For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: not of works lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8
Below is a small insight on same point of view:
To the unbiased believer of the Word of God, there is overwhelming proof that the secret of God’s eternal purpose and of His good news to man was first communicated by revelation to the Apostle Paul, that he in turn might make it known to others. Not only does Paul himself declare this by divine inspiration but his declarations are amply confirmed by a comparison of his message and ministry with the messages and ministries of all his predecessors. Continue reading