Summary: A study of little children and how they can relate to our very salvation.
Matt. 18:3 - 3and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless
you are converted and become as little children, you will by
no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
As I read this passage, this time, I was struck by its import.
A. In the original Greek, the word that we read as,
“converted” does not appear....but two things DO
1. He is telling the listeners that they need to
REPENT......the word is strajhte ...a word
which means to, “turn around”....to change
a person’s life....I believe that this is where
someone interposed the words, “be converted”
2. The second thing that is contained in this
verse is the idea that we must become like a
little child...if we are to enter the Kingdom of
We pretty much have the idea of repentance understood,
but I wonder if we really understand and have applied the
idea of becoming like a little child.
A. This is not an optional thing....nor is it an
1. If we do not fulfill this part of the verse, we
are assured of not being able to enter into the
Kingdom of God.
a. We read John 3:3 and make the
connection between being born of the
water and the Spirit....and salvation
(“see the Kingdom of God).
1.) Is not being able to enter into the
Kingdom of God any more
desirable to a Christian, than not
being able to “see the Kingdom of
I would have to place great importance upon the words of
Christ in regards to become like a child.
A. It would be good, then, to note what attributes of
a child that we need to obtain.
1. There are many things that a child is...or will
do, or not do.........we need to see good
attributes that a child has in common with
what God’s word tells a Christian.
I. A child is totally dependent upon his father.
A. He is trusting.
1. A child knows that he doesn’t know very
much and needs to trust to his wise father’s
a. It is when the child starts to think that he
knows more than the father that he gets
himself in trouble.
1.) The wiser the child becomes...the
more he realizes how much he
doesn’t know and how much his
father does know.
B. He asks his father for everything that he needs.
1. The father doesn’t begrudge the son for asking
him for food....or clothes....or a warm, dry,
a. The father wants his son to look to him
for his needs.
1.) No father would be pleased with a
son who decided to eat grass,
rather than ask his father for some
a.) In truth, it would be an insult
to the father if the son didn’t
ask his father for his needs.
b.) It would also bring discredit to
the father for others to think
that he would not love his son
enough to give him what he
C. A child learns to wait...he learns that he can’t
have everything he wants...when he wants it.
1. He may not understand this, but sometimes
he will not get what he wants because the
father has determined that it would not be best
a. Many children have been injured in some
way, when they have decided to take
things, “into their own hands” and try to
fulfill their own desires against the
II. A child is expected to be obedient.
A. A father expects his child to obey him
1. Without argument.
a. Even if he may not fully understand...
B. A father expects a child to obey him without
fussing, complaining, or murmuring.
C. A father expects the child to obey with respect for
the father’s greater wisdom.
1. Even if that wisdom is not apparent or
III. A child does not think that he is the important one in
A. He submits his will to the will of the father.
1. The child knows that there is an order of
submission and that he must submit for his
2. He also understands that the father will
punish him if he refuses to submit.
a. Even though it displeases the father
greatly, he will punish the child for
trying to make himself equal with the
IV. A child must grow.
A. He will grow slowly, at first....
1. He will have to be fed and watched after for
his every need.
a. Even if he doesn’t know that he has a
need, the parent knows and will supply
it for him.
2. As time goes on, the father expects that the
the child will learn from the father and be
able to do the right things on his own.