“And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:” Lk.18:9.
Jesus Christ Himself has given us the picture of the good man and the bad man, and Jesus Himself is responsible for the statement that the good man lost and the bad man saved.
THE MAN WHO WAS LOST
a. First of all he was the moral man
b. Square in his business relations
c. Highly respected member of the society
d. The Pharisee saw himself the best man in his own estimation
e. This Pharisee was a religious man
f. He was generous and paid his tithes regularly.
1. He trusted in Himself
2. He despised others
3. He did not acknowledge himself a sinner
4. He never cry to God for mercy.
THE BAD MAN WHO WAS SAVED
a. Truly he was an immoral man
b. He had been irreligious
c. He was looked down upon by his fellow men
d. He saw many faults in himself as a condemned sinner.
THE REASONS HE WAS SAVED
a. He saw himself a lost sinner and that he cannot save himself.
b. He saw there was a God of mercy
c. He cried to that God for mercy.
d. He was in earnest situation.
Conclusion: A sinner cannot save himself but there is Saviour provided for the sinner. He is ever ready to save those realize their awful condition and ask for help.