All the people who heard this, even the tax collectors, acknowledged God's justice. For they had received the baptism of John.
Cross ReferencesMatthew 5:46
If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Do not even tax collectors do the same?
Which of the two did the will of his father?" "The first," they answered. Jesus said to them, "Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you.
For John came to you in a righteous way and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.
Even tax collectors came to be baptized. "Teacher," they asked, "what should we do?"
I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John, yet even the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he."
But wisdom is vindicated by all her children."
But if we say, 'From men,' all the people will stone us, for they are convinced that John was a prophet."
He had been instructed in the way of the Lord and was fervent in spirit. He spoke and taught accurately about Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John.
"Into what, then, were you baptized?" Paul asked. "The baptism of John," they replied.
Chapter Outline1. Jesus finds a greater faith in the centurion;
10. heals his servant, being absent;
11. raises from death the widow's son at Nain;
18. answers John's messengers with the declaration of his miracles;
24. testifies to the people what opinion he held of John;
31. compares this generation to the children in the marketplaces,
36. and allowing his feet to be washed and anointed by a woman who was a sinner,
44. he shows how he is a friend to sinners, to forgive them their sins, upon their repentance.
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