167:5.1 On the way to
Jesus was followed by a company of almost fifty of his friends and enemies. At their noon lunchtime, on Wednesday, he talked to his
and this group of followers on the "Terms of Salvation," and at the end of this lesson told the parable of the
(a tax collector). Said Jesus: "You see, then, that the Father gives salvation to the children of men, and this salvation is a free gift to all who have the faith to receive sonship in the divine family.
There is nothing man can do to earn this salvation. Works of self-righteousness cannot buy the favor of God, and much praying in public will not atone
for lack of living faith in the heart. Men you may deceive by your outward service, but God looks into your soul. What I am telling you is well illustrated by two men who went into the temple to pray,
the one a Pharisee and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed to himself: 'O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of men,
extortioners, unlearned, unjust, adulterers, or even like this publican. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.' But the publican,
standing afar off, would not so much as lift his eyes to
but smote his breast, saying, 'God be merciful to me a sinner.' I tell you that the publican went home with God's approval rather than the Pharisee, for
every one who exalts himself shall be humbled, but he who humbles himself shall be exalted."
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