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 into the Kingdom of Heaven, but he that does the will of My Father in Heaven.
Matthew 12:50
For whosoever does the will of My Father Who is in Heaven, he is My brother, and sister, and mother."
Luke 15:10
So, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents."
Acts 17:30
God, therefore, having overlooked the time of ignorance, now commands all men everywhere to repent;
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow respecting the promise, as some account slowness; but He is long-suffering toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

The first

Luke 7:40
And Jesus, answering, said to him, "Simon, I have something to say to you." And he says, "Teacher, say it."
Luke 19:22
He says to him, 'Out of your own mouth will I judge you, O evil servant! You knew that I am a harsh man, taking up what I did not lay down, and reaping where I did not sow;
Romans 3:19
Now we know that whatsoever the law says, it speaks to those under the law; that every mouth may be stopped, and that the whole world may be under the sentence of God;


Matthew 5:18
For verily I say to you, till the heaven and the earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass away from the law, till all things be accomplished.
Matthew 6:5
"And, when ye pray, ye shall not be as the hypocrites; for they love to pray, standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men: verily I say to you, they have their reward.
Matthew 18:3
and said, "Verily I say to you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall in no wise enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

The publicans

Matthew 9:9
And Jesus, passing on thence, saw a man, called Matthew, sitting at the tax-office, and He saith to him, "Follow Me." And, rising up, he followed Him.
Matthew 20:16
So the last shall be first, and the first last.
Luke 7:29
And all the people, having heard, and the tax-collectors, justified God, having been immersed with the immersion of John.
Luke 15:1
Now all the tax collectors and sinners were drawing near to Him to hear Him.
Luke 19:9
And Jesus said to him, "To-day salvation came to this house, inasmuch as he also is a son of Abraham;
Romans 5:20
And the law entered, that the trespass might abound; but where sin abounded, grace did super-abound;
Romans 9:30
What, then, shall we say? that gentiles who were not following after righteous obtained righteousness, but a righteousness which is of faith;
1 Timothy 1:13
though formerly I was a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious; but I obtained mercy, because I, being ignorant, did it in unbelief;

General references

Matthew 19:30
But many that are first shall be last, and last first."
Mark 2:15
And it comes to pass that He reclines at table in his house, and many tax-collectors and sinners recline with Him and His disciples; for there were many, and they were following Him.
Mark 10:31
But many that are first shall be last; and the last first."
Luke 3:12
And there came also tax-collectors to be immersed, and they said to him, "Teacher, what shall we do?"
Luke 5:30
And the Pharisees and their scribes were murmuring against the disciples, saying, "Why are ye eating and drinking with the tax-collectors and sinners?"
Luke 13:30
And, behold, there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last."
Luke 15:1
Now all the tax collectors and sinners were drawing near to Him to hear Him.