Matthew 18:10 “Take heed that you despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.”
Here Jesus lets us know the value that God places upon children. It is also a warning to treat children well. Each child has an angel assigned to them, and that angel has an audience with God the Father.
Matthew 18:5-6 “And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receives me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged around his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”
Now Jesus clarifies something else. He is speaking of the children who “believe in me”. These are the ones who are assigned an angel. Also, as you treat one of these believing children, is how you treat Jesus. If you receive a believing child, you receive Jesus. If you offend a believing child, it were better for you that a millstone were hanged around your neck and you were drowned in the depth of the sea. People pay little heed to the warnings of Jesus today. Yet on the day of judgement, who will judge us?
John 12:47-48 “And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejects me, and receives not my words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.”
Your judge on the day of judgement will be the words that Jesus spoke. Every red letter in your red letter edition Bible will be your judge. How do you measure up to it? The church has rejected the words that Jesus spoke. They refuse to believe them, or to obey them. The church rejects the words of Jesus from ruling over them. Unless they repent, the words of Jesus will judge these rebellious, obstinate, and sinful people; and will send them to hell. Notice that Jesus said, “He that rejects me, and receives not my words.” If you reject Jesus’ words, then you have rejected Jesus.
So many people today tell Jesus how much they love him. They thank him for saving them. Oh, what a friend we have in Jesus, they proclaim. Yet, they have rejected Jesus, because they have rejected his words. To disobey and reject Jesus’ words is to hate Jesus and to not allow him to rule over you. The end of these people will be the eternal fires of hell, weeping and gnashing of teeth, eternal darkness, and eternal maggots feasting on their rotten flesh.
I have heard pastors comfort their members when a loved one dies. They tell them how they are now in heaven. I have had the Lord speak up inside of me and say, “They went to hell.” The deception today is great. The people reject Jesus’ words by not obeying them, and thus they reject Jesus himself from ruling over their lives. They then claim that they are saved and going to heaven. They are deceived liars. They will go to hell unless they repent and obey the words of Jesus.
If your only crime is to offend a little child who believes in Jesus, it is better for you that a millstone were tied around your neck, and you were drowned in the depths of the sea. My advice to you is that you learn to fear God. Learn to tremble at the words of Jesus. Learn to reverence Jesus’ words and obey them.
Return to Jesus and obey him. “That is blasphemy!” some will say. Really? since when is it blasphemy to tell people to return to Jesus Christ and to obey him? What is blasphemy is to reject the words of Jesus, totally refuse to obey them, and to follow the false grace gospel.The greatest deception of all time was to get people to reject the teachings and commands of Jesus Christ, and to follow a DIFFERENT GOSPEL.
The church today has abandoned the TRUE GOSPEL and has followed a DIFFERENT AND FALSE GOSPEL! REPENT AND RETURN TO JESUS CHRIST! Every man or woman who teaches the false grace gospel to a little child who believes in Jesus OFFENDS THEM. It is better for them that a millstone were hanged about their neck, and they were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Matthew 18:12-14 “How think you? If a man have a hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, does he not leave the ninety and nine, and goes into the mountains, and searches for that which is gone astray? and if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoices more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.”
I’ve been in churches for over 50 years. I have moved around a lot and I have attended a lot of churches. The only pastoral visits that I can remember were two. A Presbyterian minister visited our house once when I was a teenager. He didn’t speak of anything spiritual, told me that I should mow the yard and do some yard work. Another was a missionary in the Philippines who I requested to come and pray for me because I was very sick. He zoomed in, prayed for me, and zoomed out. In all these years NEVER ONCE did anyone come to check on me when I didn’t show up at church, or quit going altogether. NEVER ONCE did someone come to my door to offer to disciple me in my Christian faith. Now, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Moonies did. I am not counting them since they are obviously false teachers. So the church in general DOES NOT ACT AS JESUS DID. Thank God that Jesus is different.
My Christian walk has been a very strange one. But looking back, I can see Jesus coming to find me the MANY, MANY times that I was lost. When the REALLY BIG change came in March, 2009; it was Jesus who approached ME, and not the other way around.
Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
I remember the first seven days after this big change took place, I was conscious of all the poison and false doctrine being removed from me. I saw it clearly as it happened. I remember thinking that I never realized how deceived that I actually was. I had sought truth in metaphysical books and other like material. All of that was removed over a seven day period. Since then, I have tried to backslide on numerous occasions. Something has always stopped me. I can’t backslide. The Lord himself stops me each and every time. However, before the big change on March 29, 2009; I ALWAYS backslid sooner or later. I periodically backslid from January 1980 until March 2009. That’s 29 years of backsliding. I know better than anyone that I can take no credit whatsoever for my current state of grace. Jesus did it all. I had tried, and tried, and tried; but I couldn’t stop backsliding. All of the good things in my life now are 100% the work of Jesus Christ. The Great Shepherd sought out his lost sheep. He did it all. I did nothing. Whatever response that I have made is the result of his calling me unto himself.
Luke 12:32 “Fear not, little flock; it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
Jesus has always had a little flock. Do your best to be a part of it. In every generation the number of righteous has been very small, be sure that you are one of them. No matter what is vogue in the modern church right now, be assured that the masses are always wrong. The flock of Jesus is a small one. In this allegory of Jesus, his flock numbered one hundred. On the day of Pentecost, after three and a half years of ministry, the number of people in the upper room numbered about one hundred and twenty.
Matthew 18:21-35 “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus said unto him, I say not unto you until seven times: but, until seventy times seven. Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, his children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshiped him; saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you all. Then the Lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, which owed him a hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me what you owe. And his fellow servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay you all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O you wicked servant, I forgave you all that debt, because you desired me: should not you also have had compassion on your fellow servant, even as I had pity on you? And the lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if you from your heart forgive not everyone his brother their trespasses.”
The debt forgiven us by Jesus is so huge that it can never be repaid. Our sins are freely forgiven. However if we do not also forgive others their sins, and trespasses, and offenses against us; FROM THE HEART, then our heavenly Father will cast us into hell. So much for the doctrine of once saved always saved. We are to forgive just one brother, 490 times in just a single day! The same for everyone else that sins against us in that same day. Learn that being unforgiving will only injure, and hurt, and ETERNALLY KILL YOU. If you have trouble with this, then do it by faith.
First, I confess to God that I forgive the person. I do it again, and again, and again every time that the negative feelings surface. I’m getting better at it with practice. Now it usually takes from 1-4 days to get rid of a painful offense. Before, it could have been weeks or even months. Forgiveness is a process.First, recognize that you must forgive, or you will undoubtedly go to hell.
Second, make a decision to forgive.
Third, confess before God that you forgive that person.
Fourth, ask the Lord for his help to forgive from the heart, as you cannot do it by yourself.
Fifth, stand firm until and continue until every negative feeling is gone.
Sixth, repeat all of these steps as many times as is necessary until you get the victory.
Forgiveness is an act that you can master. Make this a top priority, for if you do not forgive from the heart, then your heavenly Father will not forgive you either. You see, the gospel of the kingdom, that Jesus preached, has lots of conditions, warnings, and curses included in it. Why is that? It is a blood covenant. It is the nature of a blood covenant for both parties to agree to obey certain terms. There are blessings for obedience and curses for disobedience. Our eternal salvation is based upon our blood covenant with Jesus Christ our Lord.
Matthew 26:27-28 “And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink all of it; for this is my blood of the new testament, which was shed for many for the remission of sins.”
Our part of the new covenant is to obey everything that Jesus Christ said.
Matthew 19:23-26 “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, that a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. When his disciples heard it they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”
The disciples were AMAZED! Why? In the old covenant, riches were promised to the Jewish people if they obeyed the covenant. Israel would be set on high above all other nations if they were righteous before God. Notice that in this portion of the scripture, to the best of my knowledge, is the ONLY time that Jesus repeated himself saying BOTH the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of God. He wanted to make it very clear that he meant both God’s kingdom within you, set up on earth, and the heavenly kingdom. He wanted us to know how hard it is for a rich man to enter either of these kingdoms. Why? To enter the kingdom of God or the kingdom of heaven, you must be a disciple. Whether that is a very short time of discipleship as with the thief on the cross, or a very long time of discipleship as with the Apostle John. The terms of discipleship include the following:
Matthew 19:27,29 “Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed you; what shall we have therefore? And everyone that has forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.”
Luke 12:22,31-34 “And he said unto his DISCIPLES, therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what you shall eat; neither for the body, what you shall pit on. But rather seek the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock, For it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell that you have, and give alms; provide for yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that fails not, where no thief approaches, neither moth corrupts. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
The apostles lived with Jesus for over three years and were personally trained by him. They asked many questions to clarify things. Jesus left them to start the church. So they know better than anyone else what Jesus meant. So how did they implement this?
Acts 2:44-45 “And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.”
Acts 4:32-37 “And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and one soul: neither said any of them that aught of the things which he possessed was his own; but had all things common. And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, and laid them down at the apostle’s feet: and distribution was made to every man according as he had need. And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, the son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus, having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostle’s feet.”
Remember that Jesus told the disciples that EVERY ONE that had forsaken houses, lands, and family for his name’s sake SHALL INHERIT EVERLASTING LIFE! To give up EVERYTHING to follow Jesus is REQUIRED to inherit EVERLASTING LIFE! Almost all rich men will do as the rich young ruler did, that is why it is so hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. It is hard for rich people to give away their riches. This is why Jesus said, “How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! Children, how hard it is for them that TRUST IN RICHES to enter into the kingdom of God!” (Mark 10:23-24).
So what do most rich men do when faced with the conditions of being a disciple of Jesus Christ?
Matthew 19:20-22 “The young man said him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If unto you will be perfect, go and sell that you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.”
Why is it necessary to give up all your possessions to inherit eternal life? For where your treasure is there will your heart be also. As long as you trust in riches, your heart is on your riches. What is the great commandment?
Mark 12:29-30 “And Jesus answered him, the first of all the commandments is, Hear O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength: this is the first commandment.”
As long as your heart is on your riches, or houses, or lands, or brothers, or sisters, or wife, or children, or father, or mother, then you do not love the Lord your God with ALL your heart, ALL your soul, ALL your mind, and ALL your strength. So Jesus commands you to surgically remove ALL of these things physically in order to remove them from your heart. Jesus has not deviated one bit from what he taught in the sermon on the mount.
Matthew 5:29-30 “And if your right eye offend you, pluck it out, and cast it from you: for it is profitable for you that one of your members should perish, and not that your whole body should be cast into hell. And if your right hand offend you, cut it off, and cast it from you: for it is profitable for you that one of your members should perish, and not that your whole body should be cast into hell.”
Once the heart issue is taken care of, Jesus promised you a hundred fold return in this lifetime, and in the world to come eternal life. Not a bad proposition! I once asked the Lord, Where did the disciples get their hundred fold return? He surprised me by showing me.
Acts 4:34-35 “Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, AND LAID THEM DOWN AT THE APOSTLES’ FEET.”
All that money was given to the apostles. It was theirs to do with as they chose to do with it. However when money is no longer your god, what do you choose to do with it? “And distribution was made to every man as he had need.” That was witness number one.
Here is witness number two. Acts 8:1 “And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was great persecution against the church that was at Jerusalem; AND THEY WERE ALL SCATTERED ABROAD throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, EXCEPT THE APOSTLES.”
Follow carefully what I’m about to say. Jesus told each disciple, “Follow me” at the beginning. They left all and followed him. They were homeless and slept out of doors most of the time. Jesus sent them two by two, to go and preach the gospel. They were to take no money, no extra clothing, or shoes, or staff, or coat; for the workman is worthy of his hire. They did this for over three tears. At the end, when Jesus was about to be taken from them, he told them this:
Luke 22:35-36 “And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked you anything? And they said, Nothing.Then said he unto them, But now, he that has a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip, and he that has no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.”
The heart issues had been dealt with. From this moment on you NEVER see the apostles homeless again. First, they dwelt in the upper room (Acts chapter one), then in houses in Jerusalem given by other disciples. In their travels, they always stayed at someone’s house. When ALL the disciples were scattered abroad, the apostles WERE NOT scattered abroad. They never became homeless again. Jesus promised them a hundred fold. They got much more than a hundred fold return.
Friends, all that we ever need to know is written in the Bible. We just need eyes that see, ears that hear, and hearts that understand. Once the blindness is removed, all these things, and so very much more, is just waiting on us to discover it. Praise the Lord!
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