IN LUKE 18:9-14, JESUS SPEAKS THIS PARABLE TO SOME WHO TRUSTED IN THEMSELVES, THAT THEY WERE RIGHTEOUS, AND DESPISED OTHERS:
“Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for everyone that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”
I refuse to insult anyone’s intelligence by explaining this parable: because it is quite self-explanatory. Jesus makes it clear that you and I will not be justified as long as we think we’re superior to others in regard to our standing before God. Romans 3:23 says that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, every single one of us. Unless we have been washed in the blood of Jesus Christ by grace through faith in Him (Ephesians 2:8-10, our goose is cooked. ‘nough said!
With love from a decrepit sinner saved by grace,