“But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first, and said, ‘Son, go work today in my vineyard.’ He answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind, and went. He came to the second, and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but he didn’t go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said to him, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Most certainly I tell you that the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering into God’s Kingdom before you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you didn’t believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. When you saw it, you didn’t even repent afterward, that you might believe him.”
While religious men waste precious time boasting of their good intentions, those who boast in the Lord Jesus Christ alone perform His will.
There are two kinds of sons in God’s house…
The one promises his own faithfulness and thereby cannot not deliver; the other beholds God’s faithfulness and thereby learns faithfulness.
The one looks to his good works as the assurance of things hoped for; the other finds faith itself to be that assurance.
The one tries to discern if he is in the faith though he already believed the gospel; the other knows that he is in the faith because he believes and thereby hears the Spirit bearing witness.
The one supposes to remain in Christ by his new-found goodness, and is overcome by his own weakness; the other abides in Christ’s love, and is overcome by His strength.
The one works with fear and torment in order keep his salvation as though it were on loan; the other learns with fear and trembling to work out his salvation, the free gift of God.
The one is persuaded that he must be able to keep that which Christ Jesus entrusted to him against the day of judgement; the other is persuaded that Christ Jesus is able to keep the thing entrusted to God in Christ against that day.
He whose heart is pure does not approach God on the terms of pretense; for he knows that God has not called him into pretense, but rather upon a settled surety.
It is Christ who shall present us to Himself, not ourselves. Men are obsessed with their own presentation; and through this, the Devil distracts them from the only One who can ever wash them clean.
“You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the platter, that its outside may become clean also.”
“If I don’t wash you, you have no part with Me.”