Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.
I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven;
So the last shall be first, and the first last.”
Which of the two did the will of his father?” They *said, “The first.” Jesus *said to them, “Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you.
But many who are first will be last, and the last, first.”
When all the people and the tax collectors heard this, they
acknowledged God’s justice, having been baptized with the baptism of John.
And behold, some are last who will be first and some are first who will be last.”
But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’
The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,
What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith;
running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?
Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have
come short of it.