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As Children For Heaven

Jesus tells us in Matthew 18:3 that we must become as a child to enter the Kingdom. I spent yesterday viewing myself and those around me as children, not as "bullies" or competitive adults. It was amazing what peace came to me.

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2 "And Jesus called a little child unto Him, and set him in the midst of them

3 "And said, "Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."

4 "Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

5 "And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me."

6 "But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me,
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35 "So likewise shall My heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses."

Shalom
---char on 8/22/13


Char, good passages you put down, and you are correct concerning (Matt. 18:3,4). We should all humble ourselves as children. We shouldn't have to be told, it should be a way of life for all genuine believers.
---Mark_V. on 8/22/13


Matt 18 (all)1 [...] "Who is the (greatest) in the kingdom of heaven?"

Humble always before God as Father-
Without Christ one wouldnt have entered in the first place.

1.Be humble. When called- be ready to serve
2.Fruits of the Spirit - patience, self control etc
3.Dont trample a weak brother- forgive
4.With compassion and love through/bywith/in the Word path for correction

I Peter 5:6 "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time

Jms 4:10 "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up."

Matt 23:12 "And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased, and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted
---char on 8/21/13


Steven, the words do not stand the same in every passage. It depends on the context. Child in (Matt. 18:3) in the context refers to a child depended upon his parents, as we are to be depended upon God. The word child in the context of (1 Cor. 13:11) refers to when a person is a child, they speak as a child, understand as a child, but later as a man, the person puts his child like behavior away, and now as a man he sees in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face, that's when we see Christ face to face (Rev. 22:4) and have full knowledge of the eternal heaven and new earth just as a child grows up to have a full understanding. The passage is speaking about the gifts, not humbleness.
---Mark_V. on 8/13/13


When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 1 Corinthians 13:11 (read the whole chapter, plus, do an online kjv bible search for the word "child" for similar verses)

The one word that stays the same whether a child or an adult is "humble."

Every verse in the bible does not stand by itself that's where most christians today make the mistake, that's where all denominations make the mistake.
---Steveng on 8/12/13




Geraldine, Christan's comments are correct for Matthew 18:3. A child does depend on his parents for everything, and we should be like them, depending upon God. Become like children, is how Jesus characterized conversion. Like the beatitudes, it pictures faith as the simple, helpless, trusting dependence of those who have no resources of their own, like children. They have no achievements and no accomplishments to offer or commend themselves with. They are totally depend as we should also be. Great answer he gave.
---Mark_V. on 8/12/13


I spent yesterday viewing myself and those around me as children...
---Geraldine on 8/9/13

I believe what you have stumbled onto is complete trust in God without knowing it.

Why do you fear bullies or competitive adults? Why don't you have peace around them? You fear they will hurt you or they will rob you of something.

However, is that true when God is the source of your supply and when you trust God with everything that you are?

Can a bully hurt you, really? Can the bully separate you from God's love? If the bully takes your life, God is still there even in death. If you lose every posession you have, you still have God!

Phil 4:11 "...for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content"
---Mark_Eaton on 8/12/13


The infant child is born into sin because he or she does not know the law. If a child is left on it's own it will grow to be feral.

For a person to be repentant, he must know the law. He must have knowledge of God. He must know that he is a sinner by comparing his present sinful life with the laws of God - the Ten Commandments and the ultimate commandment - Love.
---Steveng on 8/11/13


awesome to see people view the potential of a person. For Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life.
---Scott1 on 8/12/13


A child,

- to begin with, did not choose to be born into this world
- when born an infant, it's 100% dependent on the mother and father for it's up bringing, basically it's in a state of helplessness
- as it grows, the child begins to walk and babble, BUT is still 100% dependent of its parents - innocently trusting its parents for protection and providence (note, it's a natural instinct)

What this fleshly and physical reference has to Matthew 18:3 is when the sinner is "born of the Spirit of God", the "faith" which God gives to him/her, parallels to the fleshly child - which is, 100% trust in God.

"But without faith it is impossible to please Him..."
---christan on 8/10/13




Verse numbers and chapter numbers in the bible is a detriment to bible understanding. One takes a verse and interprets it his or her own way without reading the verses before and after. Because of verse numbers, chritians take verses out of context. Do you write personal letters to family and friends in chapters and verse numbers?

Matthew 18:3 shows we are to be like children, but Matthew 18:4 tells what part of a child we should be like. The word is "humble." Do an online KJV bible search for the word "humble" and be wise.
---Steveng on 8/10/13


It is amazing when you stop to think of how little is really required of us as Children of God. We are ask to have faith in God as a little child has faith in everyday things in life. Just simply trust God in everything. that should be easy. But as adults we "think" too much about everything. & too often, we try to figure things out on our own instead of trusting God & relying on His guidance. :-/ I long to become that trusting Child God wants me to be. My hearts desire is to love Him more than I love myself.
---Reba on 8/10/13


This blog of mine was put on screen about 24 hours ago, and still no comments. Maybe I have finally stumbled upon a thought that everybody agrees with!
---Geraldine on 8/10/13


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