And He called a little child to Himself and put him in the midst of them,
And said, Truly I say to you, unless you repent (change, turn about) and become like little children , you can never enter the kingdom of heaven .
Whoever will humble himself therefore and become like this little child is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
And whoever receives and accepts and welcomes one little child like this for My sake and in My name receives and accepts and welcomes Me.
But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in andHermann Cremer, Biblico-Theological Lexicon.acknowledge and cleave to Me to stumble and sin , it would be better (G. Abbott-Smith, Manual Greek Lexicon.more expedient and profitable or advantageous) for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be sunk in the depth of the sea.
Woe to the world for such temptations to sin and influences to do wrong! It is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the person on whose account or by whom the temptation comes!
And if your hand or your foot causes you to stumble and sin, cut it off and throw it away from you; it is better (more profitable and wholesome) for you to enter life maimed or lame than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into everlasting fire.
And if your eye causes you to stumble and sin, pluck it out and throw it away from you; it is better (more profitable and wholesome) for you to enter life with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the hell (Gehenna) of fire.
Beware that you do not despise or feel scornful toward or think little of one of these little ones, for I tell you that in heaven their angels always are in the presence of and look upon the face of My Father Who is in heaven.
Many manuscripts do not contain this verse.For the Son of man came to save that which was lost.
What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray and gets lost, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountain and go in search of the one that is lost?
And if it should be that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not get lost.
Just so it is not the will of My Father Who is in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost and perish.
If your brother wrongs you, go and show him his fault, between you and him privately. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother.
But if he does not listen, take along with you one or two others, so that every word may be confirmed and upheld by the testimony of two or three witnesses.
If he pays no attention to them , tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a pagan and a tax collector.
Truly I tell you, whatever you forbid and declare to be improper and unlawful on earth must be See footnote on Matt. 16:19.what is already forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit and declare proper and lawful on earth must be See footnote on Matt. 16:19.what is already permitted in heaven.
Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree (harmonize together, make a symphony together) about whatever they may ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in heaven.
For wherever two or three are gathered (drawn together as My followers) in (into) My name, there I AM in the midst of them.
Then Peter came up to Him and said, Lord, how many times may my brother sin against me and I forgive him andJoseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.let it go? up to seven times?
Jesus answered him, I tell you, not up to seven times, but seventy times seven!
Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a human king who wished to settle accounts with his attendants.
When he began the accounting, one was brought to him who owed him 10,000 talents ,
And because he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and his children and everything that he possessed, and payment to be made.
So the attendant fell on his knees, begging him, Have patience with me and I will pay you everything.
And his master's heart was moved with compassion, and he released him and forgave him the debt.
But that same attendant, as he went out, found one of his fellow attendants who owed him a hundred denarii ; and he caught him by the throat and said, Pay what you owe!
So his fellow attendant fell down and begged him earnestly, Give me time, and I will pay you all !
But he was unwilling, and he went out and had him put in prison till he should pay the debt.
When his fellow attendants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and told everything that had taken place to their master.
Then his master called him and said to him, You contemptible and wicked attendant! I forgave and cancelled all that debt of yours because you begged me to.
And should you not have had pity and mercy on your fellow attendant, as I had pity and mercy on you?
And in wrath his master turned him over to the torturers (the jailers), till he should pay all that he owed.
So also My heavenly Father will deal with every one of you if you do not freely forgive your brother from your heart his offenses.
Summary: Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you change and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3) What does it mean to go before God as a Child?
Summary: When we accepted what Jesus did on the cross we had our sin debt canceled. So now what? We can have an improper or a proper response to our canceled debt. Last week we looked at some improper responses. Today we'll look at some proper responses.
Summary: The Way of Jesus is an initiative of my denomination, Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada. As prep, we're doing a 7-part series. The first message is on the first marker of the Way of Jesus: I have begun to follow Jesus, depending on the God's Spirit.
Summary: How do you deal with a believer who has sinned, especially one who has sinned against you? Jesus gave precise instructions about how a believer should deal with someone he feels has sinned against in His second & last reference to His Church.
Summary: Another rogue trader is back in the headlines after Compassion Bank’s Owner and Managing Director, J.C. Davidson, revealed that “unauthorised trading” by Michael Heartless has cost the bank millions of dollars. What the parable would look like today.
Summary: Forgiving a torn artwork is trivial. What happens when the sin sears its way into your soul and brings devastation to your heart? All I know is that I have been forgiven more than I could hope for in my life and have been tested with offenses where only God’s help enabled me to forgive.
Summary: Jesus came to save those who are LOST (Matthew 18:11, Luke 19:10) whatever that means. A man in his 90’s recently asked me “Who are those who are lost? Save them from what?” Because whatever lost means, Jesus came to save them from it, This is important.
Summary: Jesus was never to busy to stop and help whoever was in need. Wether a tax collector, or a rich young ruler. He showed grace to everyone, all the way to the cross. If we call ourselves Christian and we are Christ, shouldn't we be willing to do the same?
Summary: In order for the church to grow numerically and spiritually it must know how to handle offenses. The one offending may not know that they have offended. The one offending might need to know how to walk in the fruit of the Spirit.
Summary: If you and I want to have relationships that last for the long haul, then we must be willing to extend forgiveness to others. In every relationship you have, you will constantly be called on to forgive and to ask for forgiveness. God will help us do this!
Summary: We need to remember / Never Forget that Someday we will be “summoned” / To give an account.
• This does not necessarily happen on the other side.
• It can happen any day as God responds to our unforgiveness.