OFFENSES, CONFRONTATION, COMMUNICATION, REPENTANCE
Mat 18:1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"
Mat 18:2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them,
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Mat 18:3 and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, (little children are a clean slate and know they need to learn) you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. (This is the admonishment to examine if you really want to learn.)
Converted means changed. We need to realize that little children do not know, unless they are taught. If we choose to be taught and learn then we can change. If we are stubborn, rebellious, prideful and disobedient, then one is wicked, twisted in iniquity, twisted teaching and are "evil"- because you do not want to learn.
- ַע raʻ, rah; from H7489; bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral):-adversity, affliction, bad, calamity, displease(-ure), distress, evil((-favouredness), man, thing), + exceedingly, × great, grief(-vous), harm, heavy, hurt(-ful), ill (favoured), + mark, mischief(-vous), misery, naught(-ty), noisome, + not please, sad(-ly), sore, sorrow, trouble, vex, wicked(-ly, -ness, one), worse(-st), wretchedness, wrong.
Mat 18:4 "Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 18:5 "Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.
Mat 18:6 "But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
- (Whoa to the false teachers, thieves and liars who twist the little one's understanding)
Mat 18:7 "Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!
Mat 18:8 "If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire. The body of Christ has many parts. Just like a physical body, some parts can be damaged or broken. If our body had a leg that needed amputation because it was infected and could harm the whole body, it would be better to cut it off.
This is the same thing with the "twisted in their understanding"/evil person who does not want to learn, better to cut them out from among you! If you were not doing your job properly in business, you probably would be fired or lose customers. This is why quality control must be examined. We too can examine our own character and deficits to work on improving them. "But if the tree fails to produce fruit, it will be chopped down and made for the fire." "How can two walk together unless they agree?"
Mat 18:9"And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire.
Mat 18:10"Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.
"For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost. (If you are feeling convicted, it is because you are lost.)
Pastors do you know the state of your flock? Who is that one who is astray? How are you going after that one to bring them back into a restored restoration of fellowship with Yahuwah? Or do you know Yahuwah? (You may be the lost one).
- "What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying?
Mat 18:13"And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep
- than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray.
Mat 18:14"Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
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Mat 18:15 "Moreover if your brother sins against you, GO and tell him his fault /(THIS IS WHAT FORGIVE MEANS) between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.
Mat 18:17 "And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.
and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. ( Do you want to be made free? You will know the truth and the truth will make you free.) BUT HOW WILL THEY HEAR WITHOUT A PREACHER/TEACHER/SOMEONE WHO WILL TELL THEM THEIR SINS??????
Mat 18:20 "For where two or three are gathered together in My name, What is His name?? I am there in the midst of them."
Mat 18:21 Then Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?"
Mat 18:22 Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. (What does forgiveness for sins mean????? It means you teach them the truth so that they do not sin against the truth.) Disciples are taught "the way". "Obey My commandments."
Mat 18:23 "Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.
Mat 18:24 "And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. (Debtor, someone who has a debt to pay because of the lack of understanding.)
Mat 18:25 "But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made.
Mat 18:26 "The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, 'Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.' (promise to pay IF given mercy and a chance.)
Mat 18:27 "Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.
Mat 18:28 "But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, 'Pay me what you owe!'
Mat 18:29 "So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.'
Mat 18:30 "And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt.
Mat 18:31 "So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done.
Mat 18:32 "Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me.
Mat 18:33 'Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?'
Mat 18:34 "And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him
- an unprincipled person .synonyms: rogue, rascal, scoundrel, miscreant, good-for-nothing, villain, wretch, rake, degenerate, libertine, debauchee; More
- 2. CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY archaic(especially in Calvinism) a sinner who is NOT of the elect and is PREDESTINED to damnation.
- 1. unprincipled (often used as a humorous or affectionate reproach). "a long-missed old reprobate drinking comrade " synonyms: unprincipled, bad, roguish, wicked, rakish, shameless, immoral, degenerate, dissipated, debauched, depraved; archaicknavish "reprobate behavior"
- 2. CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY archaic (in Calvinism) predestined to damnation.
- 1. express or feel disapproval of. "his neighbors reprobated his method of proceeding"