That I May Know Him

And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. ~ 1 John 5:20 (KJV)

Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? Jeremiah 23:29

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Little Children

Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 19:13-14

To better understand this passage, we have to know that the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God are not the same.
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Kingdom of God

The kingdom of God is spiritual.

Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Kingdom of Heaven

The kingdom of Heaven is physical.

Matthew 19:23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
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When the Lord Jeus Christ refers to for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven, who do you think these little children are? These were little kids, like the ones from church, whom parents probably brought to the Lord that He may bless them, and of them does the Master tell us of such is the kingdom of Heaven.

I think those "little children" are the ones who die young, whether from illness, or of a heinous crime. Little children who do not know they are sinners and in need of God's grace, yet die in their sin, cannot be found guilty, and thus, do not go to hell.

But sin is not imputed when there is no law. Romans 5:13

Now this should be most comforting for a parent that has suffered the death of child, even to the unsaved parent. In fact, for the unsaved mom or dad who dreams of seeing his/her child again, then that parent must be born-again.

Another thought provoking statement from this passage is the following. Now we know that there are little children in Heaven. Yet we also know that the Lord will transform our body.

Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. Philippians 3:21

We know for certain then that our body will be transformed, but I think that our new celestial body will somehow still look like and adult or a child-like body.

I'm sorry if I have confused anyone, this is my typical random thinking. The Bible just boggles the mind. It's incredibly fascinating, surely it's the Word of God.

15 Comments:

  • At Sunday, May 28, 2006 4:24:00 AM, Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said…

    I am not sure that the Bible consistently differentiates between the Kigndom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven.

    I do not think that children will remain children in heaven. That would mean that earthly conditions are eternally maintained in heaven. That is rather out of character.

    Every Blessing in Christ

    Matthew

     
  • At Sunday, May 28, 2006 3:29:00 PM, Blogger Revelation 2:17 said…

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  • At Sunday, May 28, 2006 3:33:00 PM, Blogger Revelation 2:17 said…

    It does consistently differentiate between them. But not CONSTANTLY.


    They are different that's for sure But sometimes they fuse.

    It's hard to speculate about the OT saints for example. But I'd agree with Matthew.

    The saved of the church age will have the body of a 33 year old, like Jesus. We will look like Jesus, who isn't the form of a young child, but a grown man

     
  • At Sunday, May 28, 2006 4:22:00 PM, Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said…

    Rev, you think we will be male as well?

    I think it is peculative to say that we will look 33 years old.

    Christ has a body of an heavenly body, a human body, but one that is not exactly like the bodies we have now.

    I do not think the ageing process can be translated into that kind of corporeality. A person who is 33 has suffered about 13 years physical decay. Obvioulsy our celestial bodies will not have any traces of decay.

    In fact, it is questionable whether Jesus went trough the ageing process as we do. He was not subject to the curse of Adam. I am sure His body suffered wear and tear through physical activity, but I doubt that He would have gotten old as a 33 year old person would have done.

    Every Blessing in Christ

    Matthew

     
  • At Sunday, May 28, 2006 4:23:00 PM, Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said…

    In the Resurrection we will be like Christ in having heavenly bodies, but there is nothing to prove that we will be male or 33 years of age.

    God Bless

    Matthew

     
  • At Sunday, May 28, 2006 6:48:00 PM, Blogger The IBEX Scribe said…

    In the Resurrection we will be like Christ in having heavenly bodies, but there is nothing to prove that we will be male or 33 years of age.

    I'm with Matthew on this one.

    All I know is that it's going to be better than the one I've got now!

     
  • At Sunday, May 28, 2006 9:16:00 PM, Blogger Redeemed said…

    Angie, lol, Amen to that!

    I did mention that this was just my random thinking, I really don't know how the Lord will transform our vile bodies, and fashion it like unto His. It's just this passage that got me scratching my head...for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

    Who do you think these litte children are?

     
  • At Monday, May 29, 2006 3:53:00 AM, Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said…

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  • At Monday, May 29, 2006 3:54:00 AM, Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said…

    Children in general. God has a particular concern for children. We must become like childlike in our faith to be saved and children are under God's special protection.

    I think that verse clearly indicates that those who die in childhood will not be lost.

    Robert Lightner wrote a good book on this subject entitled 'Safe in the Arms of Jesus'. It was written particularly for parents who have lost a child, though it certainly deals with the theological issues.

    Every Blessing in Christ

    Matthew

     
  • At Monday, May 29, 2006 8:43:00 AM, Blogger The IBEX Scribe said…

    Once again I agree with Matthew. I haven't read the book yet, but I do have it sitting here on my desk.

     
  • At Monday, May 29, 2006 8:55:00 AM, Blogger Redeemed said…

    Haven't heard of the book, Matthew, but yes, that is also my thought on this passage.

    My mother once wintnessed to a man at a restaurant who had suffered the loss of his baby. He was very bitter; the catholic church didn't let him burry his child, cuz he wasn't baptized. As much as my mother tried to comfort him from the Bible that His child is with the Lord, he was much too bitter to even listen to what she has to say.

     
  • At Monday, May 29, 2006 11:58:00 AM, Blogger The IBEX Scribe said…

    The Catholic church has a very twisted view of the role of baptism and how people relate to the church. How very sad. They love their rules far more than they love people. The Pharisees are alive and well.

     
  • At Monday, May 29, 2006 12:37:00 PM, Blogger Redeemed said…

    Yes they are, Angie, with their rules and tradition.

     
  • At Monday, May 29, 2006 2:55:00 PM, Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said…

    You got Lightner's book, Angie?

    Somebody pays attention to my recommendations.

    God Bless

    Matthew

     
  • At Monday, May 29, 2006 3:09:00 PM, Blogger The IBEX Scribe said…

    Yes, it was per your recommendation. I also got Ryrie's Dispensationalism, which I also have not yet read.

     

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