Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
I tell you, many will come from the east and west to share the banquet with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven,
So the last will be first, and the first last."
Which of the two did his father's will?" They said, "The first." Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, tax collectors and prostitutes will go ahead of you into the kingdom of God!
But many who are first will be last, and the last first."
(Now all the people who heard this, even the tax collectors, acknowledged God's justice, because they had been baptized with John's baptism.
But indeed, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last."
The tax collector, however, stood far off and would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, be merciful to me, sinner that I am!'
Now the law came in so that the transgression may increase, but where sin increased, grace multiplied all the more,
What shall we say then? -- that the Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness obtained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith,
You were running well; who prevented you from obeying the truth?
Therefore we must be wary that, while the promise of entering his rest remains open, none of you may seem to have come short of it.