Like a Child

I was flipping the channel the other day and a local church show had this verse from mark up. You an see that the verse is identical to the one from Luke.

Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
(Mar 10:15)

Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
(Luk 18:17)

The background to this is that Jesus entered into a village on the way to Jerusalem when 10 lepers came out to see Him. He healed the lepers and told them to show themselves to the priests. Only one of the lepers, a Samarian, came back to praise God for what had happened. Jesus answered the Pharisees with parables as to when the kingdom of God would come. That is the part from Luke. With Mark, Jesus was in a house and just finished instructing people on marriage. Then some more of the villagers / people who heard about Jesus brought infants and children to Jesus so that He might touch them and bless them. That is when Jesus made the comment.

How about these verses:

and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
(Mat 18:3-4)

Matthew seems to put a new spin on it. So, what does Jesus mean by receive the kingdom like a child?

Children are dependant on others to take care of them. They require others to watch over them and protect them. They cant work to support themselves. They cant grow their own food. They are unable to live without the help of someone else.

The same is for the kingdom of God. Those who enter in are not holy. They aren’t righteous. They are not sin free and they are not capable of doing enough good works to be considered worthy. Humble themselves like a child or to humble oneself to be totally dependant. Those who enter into the kingdom are totally dependant on God for admission. This is where we get out justification through grace. Only God’s grace is sufficient.


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One response to “Like a Child

  1. I think I see that verse about ‘being a child’ about coming to the kingdom in a way that starts ‘anew’ (like a child being born) and shedding an old way of thinking.

    I also see the innocence of children as something being mentioned. As adults we get too invested in this world and all the crazy things that happen on it, when none of it is really as important as enjoying life, laughing, and having that ability to be open emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. Kids are like sponges, they learn at a pace that astounds most adults.

    I think in Matthew it is hinted at with ‘humility’. Children are not proud and egotistical, that really doesn’t develop until some type of ‘ownership’ comes into the scenario (ie: my bike, my toys, etc). In general, a kid can just laugh, love, and live pretty freely outside the cumbersome ideals of the planet around them.

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