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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
18:3 Except ye be converted - The first step toward entering into the kingdom of grace, is to become as little children: lowly in heart, knowing yourselves utterly ignorant and helpless, and hanging wholly on your Father who is in heaven, for a supply of all your wants. We may farther assert, (though it is doubtful whether this text implies so much,) except ye be turned from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God:, except ye be entirely, inwardly changed, renewed in the image of God, ye cannot enter into the kingdom of glory. Thus must every man be converted in this life, or he can never enter into life eternal. Ye shall in no wise enter - So far from being great in it. #Matt 19:14|.
Mt 18:3 Except ye be converted. The Revised Version translates, "Except ye turn", which is correct. The Greek word "strepho" translated in the Common Version "be converted" is found in the New Testament in the active voice in every instance but one, and means "to turn". It means something that the subject is "to do", not something that is to be done for him. Become as little children. Humble, teachable and free from selfish ambition, like little children. Ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Instead of discussing who should be greatest in the kingdom of heaven, they had better inquire whether they were going to get in at all.
Faithfull's comment on 2014-02-14 14:47:38:
Matthew 18 3 And said Verily I say unto you Except ye be converted and become as little children ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven Converted here is referring to a transformation in which a man sincerely repents his sins unto the son of God Jesus the Christ Then is forgiven them as Jesus washes his sins away in his own blood Jesus shed on Calvary In doing so the sin no longer darkens the mans heart he than can become obedient and moldable such as a little child who does not oppose his Father but wishes to please him any way he can And unless you in this like manner become like little children you shall not enter into the kingdom of God
Toni's comment on 2014-02-14 06:42:52:
In order to be converted we must first repent Repentance means throwing ourselves on the mercy seat of God and confessing our sins before Jesus and asking Him to forgive us of all our sins Then can we be converted this is not of our own doing We can not change or turn back to God on our own God s Word through Jesus must prick our hearts and convict us in such a way that we no longer want to wallow and live in sin The only way we can become holy and godly is by God shedding the Holy Ghost on us He then teaches us admonishes us and comforts our hearts and spread God s love in our hearts And that s when we can become lowly and meek as good little children Repentance leads to conversion which leads to humbling ourselves as little children so we can enter the Kingdom of Heaven
Antoinette Rosa Ganim's comment on 2013-12-07 16:10:28:
wesley's notes:ye being ignorant,I think that this really helps to explain the verse.
Cheryl C.'s comment on 2013-11-25 10:07:14:
Ben Weaver's comment : Well said !!!! ego, pride goes before a fall : That is why man fell in the garden. And passed on to us.
Ogalmoses's comment on 2012-12-28 12:37:42:
So let us pray to be like children.
Ben Weaver's comment on 2011-06-10 05:42:23:
My attention is drawn to the word "kingdom" rather than heaven itself. The kingdom of a government is the domain or realm that is subject to - and benefits from its supremacy. Therefore, one could be "delivered from the power of darkness and translated into the kingdom (of heaven)[Col.1:13]" while still living in this life. Isn't Jesus saying, "To be truly great, one must be converted in attitude, from this world's manner, to relying on Him, like a little child relies on its parents. The adult ego tends to hinder true greatness.
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