October 25, 2016

Are you just like a little child?

Jesus said, "Unless you change and become as a little child, you will never enter heaven," Matt. 18:3.

This had to be a reference to a child who is innocent to sin.

It cannot mean that we are to become as little children who pitch fits, scream, and are disobedient.

The world, and women of the world, behave like that.

But become like a little child, a babe, who is innocent to evil, and lying, and stealing, and slander.

Are you innocent to sin?

Pure?

Are you free from moral wrong?

Guiltless?

That is what Jesus is telling us.

If you change, then you'll see heaven.

Change- to make the content of your nature completely different.

How is that done?

Jesus says that it happens before heaven.

You can't get to heaven unless you are changed.

You cannot continue to hate, have bitterness, be lazy, selfish, angry, and impatient.

Little children, who have never lied, stolen, or held a grudge, are completely innocent.

But then they do exhibit those traits. Yes. Eventually.

But until then, they are the ones we must be just exactly the same as if we desire to not go to hell.

Who changes you?

Do you have anything to do with it at all?

Or is it all of God?

Is it automatic, or does one grow into innocence?

Does a child grow into purity?

No.

Just the opposite.

How does "a complete change of nature" occur?

Do you know?

You must know, and it must happen if you would see God.

It is time to seek the Lord.

Jesus says that you must be born new.

The first word he spoke at the start of his ministry is what everyone must do to see heaven.

Repent.


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