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Angels from the Realms of Glory, part 5…

 Matthew has an interesting reference to angels: Mt 18:1 ¶ At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

2 And He called a child to Himself and set him before them,

3 and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.

4 “Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

5 “And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me;

6 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.

7 ¶ “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!

8 “And if your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the eternal “age-lasting”) fire.

9 “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.

10 “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.

I printed out this passage for you to be well informed of just whom is a “little one.” We usually can see this illustrated in paintings or figurines of a small child with an angel hovering above. Not. This is the humble person who is “like” a child in various ways – the main one I see throughout is the one who is teachable and receives the Word of the Kingdom for the age to come. This child alters his/her lifestyle and even bodily habits so as to “humble himself” and become “poor in spirit” (See Mt. 5). Remember the people of Israel who would not go in because of unbelief – but their children did?! And, remember I John where little children are described? 1Jn 2:1 My little children, I am writing these things to you that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;

1Jn 2:12 I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.

1Jn 2:28 And now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming.

1Jn 3:7 Little children, let no one deceive you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous;

1Jn 3:18 Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.

1Jn 4:4 You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.

1Jn 5:21 Little children, guard yourselves from idols.

These are the “little ones” who have angels before the face of the Father, anticipating His instructions to aid them on His behalf.

 

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January 4, 2011 - Posted by | Angels

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