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Thursday, March 17 2016
Matthew 18: What Kind Of Sinners Does The LORD Forgive?
"Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven"
Humans were created sinless (see Peace In The Garden). Sinlessness is the true human nature, just as sinlessness was the created nature of the angel who became known as "Satan" (see What Is Satan's Real Name?). In their earliest time, they were all sinless because they were humble before the LORD (see What Causes Humility?). They weren't arrogant. They didn't lust to be "like the Most High" (see Why Does Satan Hate Humility?).
But along with humility, the LORD created angels and humans free to choose. Satan, and the angels like him, and then humans, perverted their freedom into arrogance - toward each other, and toward the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour). But arrogance is a delusion. It's how losers think and behave.
The Judgment awaits everyone for the choices that they make, for good or for evil, for repentance or for the failure to repent. Satan is going to be put away forever (Revelation 20:10). Humans who refuse to repent are going to be obliterated into ash, as though they never existed (Revelation 21:7-8).
The Kingdom of God is the place where "born again" will really happen (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?). Those are the "children" of God that the Messiah referred to with His famous "Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."
"18:1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
People receive their opportunity to conversion, by means of the Holy Spirit, at different times (see The Meaning Of Parables). Those who are called sooner are not to be arrogant toward those who will be called later. The converted are not to make "stumbling blocks" (see Satan's Sandals to understand what "stumbling blocks" actually means in the Word of God) for those of the later calling.
"18:10 Take heed that ye 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. 18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
Only the LORD is the Judge. But the behavior of people toward each other provides the evidence for the Judgment (see Bind and Loose).
"18:15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 18:16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 18:17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
Everyone is a sinner. Everyone awaits the LORD's Judgment and forgiveness of the repentant (see the Fact Finder question below). Another factor in being forgiven by the LORD is forgiving others, a stated in the LORD's Prayer i.e. "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors" (see also Laws Of Freedom and Trespass).
"18:21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
Fact Finder: What kind of sinners does the LORD forgive?
This Day In History, March 17
45 BC: Julius Caesar defeated the Pompeians at the battle of Munda in Spain. The Pompeians, led by two sons of Pompey the Great, lost over 30,000 men (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars). It was one of a number of strategic battles led by Julius Caesar that turned the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: Roman Judea and What Does Peace Really Mean?).
180: Marcus Aurelius died, thereby leaving Commodus as the sole emperor of the Roman Empire (see Romans: In The Heart Of The Beast).
455: By means of the support of the Roman Senate (see The Politics Of Rome), Petronius Maximus became emperor of the Western Roman Empire.
461: The traditional date of the death of St. Patrick, the "patron saint" of Ireland.
624: Led by Muhammad, the Muslims of Medina defeated the Quraysh of Mecca in the Battle of Badr (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1337: Edward III created the Duchy of Cornwall for his eldest son, Edward, who was later made Prince of Wales.
1805: The Italian Republic, with Napoleon as President, was proclaimed to be the Kingdom of Italy, with Napoleon as King.
1808: The Revolt of Aranjuez; it forced the abdication of Charles IV of Spain.
1861: Victor Emmanuel was proclaimed the first king of Italy, uniting most of Italy under the House of Savoy.
1914: Russia increased the number of active duty military from 460,000 to 1,700,000.
1942: Nazis began deporting Jews to the Belsen concentration camp (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1948: The "Brussels Treaty" was signed by Britain, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg. They agreed to take whatever action necessary in the event of a renewal of German aggression, and to come to the defence of each other if attacked by any aggressor in Europe i.e. the Soviet Union. It was a shadow of NATO which came a year later.
1957: An airplane crash in Cebu, Philippines killed Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay and 24 others.
1959: The Dalai Lama fled from Tibet to India.
1969: Golda Meir became the first female Prime Minister of Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah).
1992: In South Africa, a referendum was held to end apartheid.
1992: A suicide car bomb attack on the Israeli Embassy attack in Buenos Aires, Argentina killed 29 people and injured 242.
2011: During the Libyan civil war, the United Nations Security Council proclaimed United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973, authorizing UN military intervention to protect civilians in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (see also Libya In History And Prophecy).