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The One Time It’s Good to Act Like a Child

Luke 18:15-17 (NASB)

And they were bringing even their babies to Him so that He would touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they began rebuking them. But Jesus called for them, saying, “Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.”

The language of salvation is a foreign language to most. “Sir, are you saved?” Saved from what? Biblical language is a learned language as well. For example, Biblical writers often refer to the kingdom of God. “The LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all” (Psalm 103:19). Daniel writes, “God’s kingdom is an eternal kingdom” (Daniel 4:3). But what is the kingdom of God? A kingdom is a reign or dominion. God’s kingdom is His reign. Those who defy Christ and His authority are not part of the kingdom of God. Those who acknowledge the Lordship of Christ are members of the kingdom of God.

  1. The kingdom of God is received, not achieved.
    The church makes disciples—kingdom citizens—by preaching the gospel, baptizing believers and teaching them all that Christ commanded (Matthew 28:18–20). Nevertheless, the kingdom of God is not something that we make happen. It is fundamentally a gift, something that our Creator gives to His people because of His great love for the world (John 3:16). We do not walk into the kingdom; rather, the kingdom embraces us. Receiving the kingdom of God happens like a child receives.
     
  2. Receiving the kingdom as a child means as a helpless infant.
    Jesus uses the example of a child to illustrate this point. We must receive the kingdom “like a child” (Luke 18:17). Here, the Greek word translated “child” refers to the youngest and most helpless of all. The word is παιδίον, or pedion, from which we get our English word pediatric (e.g. “of a little child”).
    Characteristics of receiving Christ’s dominion as a little child:
    1. With interest in Jesus – If the newborn hears a voice, he turns his head and eyes immediately.
    2. With nearness to Jesus – Dependency need is "the vital, originally infantile needs for mothering, love, affection, shelter, protection, security, food, and warmth”.
    3. With fixation on Jesus – This One Person I know, this One Person I believe, this One alone I desire.
    4. With appreciation for Jesus – Not in words, but in spirit and in attitude. A relaxed state.
    5. With nothing for Jesus – Nothing but who the infant is as a person. Nothing else.
    6. With trust in Jesus – There’s no ultimate trouble – just trust that’s what’s coming is good.
       
  3. Receiving the kingdom as a child means no mess in your life is too great for Him to clean up.
    Augustus Toplady’s hymn “Rock of Ages” includes this line: “Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to Thy cross I cling.” These lyrics wonderfully encapsulate Jesus’ teaching in Luke 18:15-17. We come into the kingdom only by admitting that we have nothing to give, that all we can do is rely on Christ for grace and forgiveness. Once in the kingdom, we continue to admit the same things. We never lose our need to depend wholly on Jesus. This is why this text comes after Jesus teaches us to pray.
     
    Closing Application:
    1. Kingdom citizens are always in a position of trusting the goodness of the King.
    2. Kingdom citizens are always the strongest and most protected when dependence is on the King.
    3. Kingdom citizens want nothing more and nothing less than the King’s presence in their lives.
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Are You the One

Luke 7:18-23 (NASB)

The disciples of John reported to him about all these things. Summoning two of his disciples, John sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are You the Expected One, or do we look for someone else?” When the men came to Him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to You, to ask, ‘Are You the Expected One, or do we look for someone else?’” At that very time He cured many people of diseases and afflictions and evil spirits; and He gave sight to many who were blind. And He answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have the gospel preached to them. Blessed is he who does not take offense at Me.”

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All Scripture is Profitable

Genesis 5 (KJV)

This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth: And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters: And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died. And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos: And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died. And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan: And Enos lived after he begat Cainan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years: and he died. And Cainan lived seventy years and begat Mahalaleel: And Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel eight hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died. And Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years, and begat Jared: And Mahalaleel lived after he begat Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred ninety and five years: and he died. And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch: And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died. And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech. And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died. And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son: And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed. And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died. And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

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Micah - God Reveals What Is Good

The prophet Micah was from a place called Moresheth Gath, near the border of Philistia and Judah about 25 miles southwest of Jerusalem. A farmer, Micah lived outside the governmental centers of power in his nation, leading to his strong concern for the lowly and less fortunate of society — the lame, the outcasts, and the afflicted (Micah 4:6). Therefore, Micah directed much of his prophecy toward the powerful leaders of Samaria and Jerusalem, the capital cities of Israel and Judah, respectively (1:1).

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The Promise Maker

Romans 9:6-9 (KJV)

Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, in Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, they which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sarah shall have a son.

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