The Parable of The Pharisee and The Tax Collector

Jesus' "Parable of The Pharisee and Tax Collector" ("The Parable of the Pharisee and Publican)" from Luke 18.

EVENTS OF THE BIBLE SERIES

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“To some who were con­fi­dent of their own right­eous­ness and looked down on every­body else, Jesus told this para­ble: ‘Two men went up to the tem­ple to pray, one a Phar­isee [a mem­ber of a very reli­gious but often hyp­o­crit­i­cal group of Jews in Jesus’ day] and the other a tax col­lec­tor [a stereo­typ­i­cal noto­ri­ous ‘sin­ner’ of Jesus’ day]. The Phar­isee stood up and prayed about him­self: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men–robbers, evil­do­ers, adulterers–or even like this tax col­lec­tor. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

But the tax col­lec­tor stood at a dis­tance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home jus­ti­fied before God. For every­one who exalts him­self will be hum­bled, and he who hum­bles him­self will be exalted.” (Luke 18:9–14)

Many of us wrongly assume that we can earn favor from God by doing good works. That’s why this para­ble of Jesus comes as a shock to most of us. The Bible con­sis­tently teaches us that God is pleased when we acknowl­edge and turn from our sin­ful state and look to Jesus in faith to save us from our sins. (See “Mes­sage”.) I have painted this para­ble in a mod­ern church set­ting because it’s just as rel­e­vant to us today as it was back then.

“…know that a man is not jus­ti­fied [put into right stand­ing with God] by observ­ing the law [doing good works], but by faith in Jesus Christ.” (Gala­tians 2:16)

“But now the right­eous­ness of God has been revealed inde­pen­dently IandI alto­gether apart from the Law, although actu­ally it is attested by the Law and the Prophets, Namely, the right­eous­ness of God which comes by believ­ing with per­sonal trust and con­fi­dent reliance on Jesus Christ (the Mes­siah). [And it is meant] for all who believe. For there is no dis­tinc­tion, Since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives.

[All] are jus­ti­fied and made upright and in right stand­ing with God, freely and gra­tu­itously by His grace (His unmer­ited favor and mercy), through the redemp­tion which is [pro­vided] in Christ Jesus, Whom God put for­ward [before the eyes of all] as a mercy seat and pro­pi­ti­a­tion by His blood [the cleans­ing and life-giving sac­ri­fice of atone­ment and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, to be received] through faith.” (Romans 3:21–25 AMP)

(See also “Believer’s Road Series: Equal At The Foot of The Cross, Equally in Need of Mercy”, “Events of The Bible Series: God’s Free Gift of For­give­ness”, “Events of The Bible Series: For­given Much”, “Believer’s Road Series: Unwor­thy, But That’s the Grace of God”, “Believer’s Road Series: Empty Hands” and “The Gospel Series”)