“What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went. And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you. (Matthew 21:28-31 ESV)
He does not reach out to convince us; he simply stands there in all the attracting/repelling fullness of his exousia and dares us to believe. Capon
That point is simply that judgment falls adversely on unfaith alone. And it is underscored scored by Jesus’ insistence that the tax collectors and the harlots will go into the kingdom before the rulers. It is not that those disreputable types will be saved because they straightened up and flew right; it is that they will be saved just because they believed. Capon
Augustine to God; “I will distrust myself, I will trust in you.” The first son had the grace to distrust his own first formulation of what was actually going on between him and his father and to eat crow, turning his self-regarding no of works into an other-regarding yes of faith….But the second son turned Augustine’s prayer around: “I will trust myself, I will distrust you.”