Matthew 21:28-31 Be The First

Matthew 21:28-31 (KJV)
But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.
He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.
And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.
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.

It would be pretty difficult not to see where this parable leads. Jesus is contrasting the Gentiles with Israel. Israel is that son who pretended to do the will of God but did not; from the Gentiles comes the son who, though at the first rebels, then repents and does God’s will.

I notice in a parable further down the chapter Jesus said, Matthew 21:43
Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

It is not the Gentile nations that are given the kingdom. It is one new nation comprised of both Jews and Gentiles. It is that holy nation of faith in Christ.

Back to the first parallel, I want to be the first son. Mind you, I wished it were not true that I had rebelled at first but that is what I did. The Bible assures me that I am not the only one but that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” That includes the Jew if he will admit it. Having seen my rebellious nature I repented and asked Christ to forgive and to save me.


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Matthew 21:28-31 Be The First

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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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