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Jesus loves little children AND crusty old sinners

Luke 18:9-17

Ironically, the problem with both the self-righteous person and the despairing sinner is that they are trusting in themselves instead of the ____________________ of Jesus.


D____________ people put their trust in themselves instead of God                                                                                           V. 11-12

God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.          -James 4:6

Wherever you find a self-righteous person you will find a person who is very judgmental of others.

The Pharisee didn’t see how great his own sins were before God. His pride, arrogance, and disregard for his fellow man were ________________ to God.


A desperate sinner pleads with the Lord to ___________ for His sin                                                                                             V. 13-14

Although the translation, “God be merciful to me,” dates back more than 600 years to the first English version of the Bible (Wycliffe), such a rendering should be avoided since it makes ilaskomai (Strong’s 2433, which primarily means propitiation) a synonym of eleaw (which primarily means mercy) and mutes this verb’s focus on propitiation.             -Luke: A Handbook on the Greek Text, Culy/Parsons/Stigall, p 570

Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make PROPITIATION for the sins of the people.     -Heb. 2:17


Let’s see how God uses it as a noun (2434) in I John:

My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. But if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the PROPITIATION for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.   -I Jn 2:1-2

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the PROPITIATION for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. -I John 4:10-11

Romans 5:1                 2 Corinthians 5:21

Jesus is always ready to receive those who come with a __________ faith                                                                                              V. 16-17



All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a PROPITATION (2435) by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God has passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.                                                              -Romans 3:23-27

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.                  -Psalm 32:1-5