The Word of God is an inexhaustible treasure. It yields to us unending riches as we open it up. And let's do that again, the eighteenth chapter of Matthew is our text, the eighteenth chapter of Matthew and we are listening to the instruction of our Lord on the subject of the childlikeness of the believer.
This is such a monumental portion of Scripture that I want to read the opening 14 verses and even though we have already spent one message looking at this, I want to bring it all back to your minds so I want to read from verse 1 down through verse 14, Matthew 18.
"At that time the disciples came to Jesus saying, 'Who then is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?' And He called a child to Himself and set him before them and said, 'Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. And whoever receives one such child in My name, receives Me. But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it is better for him that a heavy millstone be hung around his neck and that he be drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks, for it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes. And if your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you, for it is better that you enter into life crippled or lame than having two hands or two feet to be cast into the eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it from you. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than having two eyes to be cast into the fiery hell. See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually behold the face of My Father who is in heaven.'"
And then dropping down to verse 12, "What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying? And if it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray. Thus it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish, or be destroyed."...