Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.

Bible References


Matthew 7:21
"Not every one who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 12:50
For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother."
Luke 15:10
In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."
Acts 17:30
The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

The first

Luke 7:40
And Jesus answered him, "Simon, I have something to say to you." And he said, "Teacher, say it."
Luke 19:22
He said to him, 'I will judge you out of your own mouth, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a hard man, taking up what I did not lay down and reaping what I did not sow?
Romans 3:19
Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped and the whole world may be held accountable to God.


Matthew 5:18
For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will by any means pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
Matthew 6:5
"And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
Matthew 18:3
and he said, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

The publicans

Matthew 9:9
As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office; and he said to him, "Follow me." And he rose and followed him.
Matthew 20:16
So the last will be first, and the first will be last."
Luke 7:29
(And when they heard him, all the people, even the tax collectors, justified God, having been baptized with the baptism of John.
Luke 15:1
Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him.
Luke 19:9
And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham.
Romans 5:20
Law came in, that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,
Romans 9:30
What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, righteousness through faith;
1 Timothy 1:13
Even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor, I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief;

General references

Matthew 19:30
But many who are first will be last, and the last first.
Mark 2:15
And as he sat at table in Levi's house, many tax collectors and sinners were sitting with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many who followed him.
Mark 10:31
But many who are first will be last, and the last first."
Luke 3:12
Tax collectors also came to be baptized, and said to him, "Teacher, what shall we do?"
Luke 5:30
And the Pharisees and their scribes complained against his disciples, saying, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?"
Luke 13:30
And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last."
Luke 15:1
Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him.