Matthew 18:1 Signs of Greatness

Matthew 18:1 (KJV)
At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

If we view this chapter as a thesis on greatness in heaven, and I believe it to be a reasonable view, then I see these signs of greatness: 

Humility
As a little child…. 

Reconciliation 
If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men…

Forgiveness 
Til seventy times seven. As difficult as it sometimes is, just keep forgiving. 

Humility will make reconciliation much more possible. Reconciliation happens in the shadow of genuine forgiveness. 

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Matthew 10:26 Need Never Fear

Matthew 10:26 (KJV)
Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. 

We need never fear those who lie and deceive and cover the truth for the sake of their own gain. Our God has a perfect insight into all of these things. There will be some who are led astray by the cunning of Satan. All such cunning will be revealed at the right time. 

When people speak evil of you, persuade friends to forsake you, lead movements against you, these were all things they did to Jesus. The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his Lord. 

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Matthew 7:28-29 He Has Authority

Matthew 7:28-29 (KJV)
And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

The passage appears to belittle the scribes for preaching with little authority. Perhaps that is too strong an interpretation. Jesus taught as one having authority because He did have authority. If the scribes had attempted the same, it would have been wrong of them. They didn’t have any. Their function was the publication and explanation of the Scriptures. To remain there would be to their credit. To stray from there would be to their shame. 

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Matthew 6:34 See If God Won’t Bless

Matthew 6:34 (KJV)
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. 

When I was in Bible College, I was taught that the Sermon on the Mount was an offer of the kingdom to the Jews. The result of this teaching is to dismiss the details of the Sermon as impracticable in today’s world. The Protestant teaching that the church of Jesus Christ did not begin until Acts 2 results in the same effect. “The Sermon on the Mount simply will not work today.” Some teachers of hyper dispensation turn the Gospels, especially Matthew, into books whose application finds place during the Tribulation. It produces the same effect; the Sermon on the Mount is impractical in today’s economy. 

Of course, those same teachers will hand pick certain phrases from the Sermon and make some application. 

I challenge us that our place is to practice the Sermon on the Mount and see if God would not bless those who do so. 

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Matthew 3:9 What Counts

Matthew 3:9 (KJV)
And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

It’s not that God would consider making children of Abraham out of stones; it’s meant to show how much value one ought to make out of their heritage. Even the Jewish people, who have historically been among the proudest of their heritage and have paid a huge price for it, have no real merit on which to stand because of it. 

All that really counts is our relationship with a God. 

  • Do we know Him?
  • Do we hear His voice?
  • Are we prone to obey and follow Him?
  • Do we love Him?

So far as eternity is concerned, a rock has as much chance of heaven as a Jew, (or any other ethnicity for that matter) if all the soul relies upon is his family. 

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Revelation 22:2 For the Healing

Revelation 22:2 (KJV)
In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

I assume that the healing of the nations is past tense because it has been completely accomplished. They will need no healing of:

  • disease, 
  • death or 
  • disagreements 

It is a done deal. 

The leaves, I think, serve as a reminder of what God has done among His people.

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Revelation 21:2 What John Saw

Revelation 21:2 (KJV)
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

“And I John Saw”

Avoid the temptation to view John’s circumstances as unique to himself. John’s testimony and experience was personal and his own, but so is yours and so is mine. I have seen, and heard, and felt, and been moved by God in my own life as much as John was. If you are a Christian, so have you. 

Avoid speaking of your faith in an impersonal way. Christianity is intensely personal, intimate. It may seem unscientific to address it in those terms. Those are the very terms most likely to convince those who know not Jesus. 

When I was in Bible College, I was urged to avoid those words we use in church and that are common among Christians:

  • Saved
  • Repent
  • Etc

I declare just the opposite to be the case. Demonstrate you are a new creature if it is true of you. You have a new language, a new standard, a new dress, and a new direction if you have a new life.

Make the communication of your faith personal and it will be much more effectual. 

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Revelation 20:2 That Old Serpent

Revelation 20:2 (KJV)
And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

That old serpent

He is the devil. He is old. He goes back all the way to the garden of Eden. He is old but be is not ageless. He had a beginning. There was a time he did not exist. He was created. At that moment time began for him. 

God is sometimes called the ancient of days, but He is not old. He is ageless. There has never been a time when He was not. He has no beginning. Time is irrelevant to Him[1] because there is no moment when time began for Him. 


[1] Except in His use of time for our benefit.

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Revelation 17:1 It Will Overcome

Revelation 17:1 (KJV)
And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:

The first time these vials, filled with the wrath of God, is seen in Revelation 15:7. Here one of those angels, with one of those vials: 

  • Spoke with the prophet
  • Invited the prophet to join him and
  • Shewed the prophet the target of his judgment

It is significant that this target is religious in nature. It is future and tribulational, but it reveals what I am sure is the truth; that those who are true to God have a part in the doom of false religion. 

  • The preaching of God’s Word
  • The prayers of God’s people
  • The practice of God’s faith

May appear sometimes to make little difference in the world. Nevertheless, it is salt, and it is light, and, in the end, it will overcome the multitudes of false religious worship. 

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Revelation 14:1 Look and See

Revelation 14:1 (KJV)
And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

A Lamb. Capital l, Lamb. This is Jesus Christ.

What a title for the Lord. 

  • A Lamb as it had been slain
  • A Lamb provided but God
  • A Lamb that take the away the sin of the world

This Lamb once opened not His mouth before the shearers. Now He stands on the mount Sion. 

  • He stands ready to save
  • He stands ready to forgive 
  • He stands ready to lead
  • He stands ready to gather His own to His house
  • He stands ready to judge
  • He stands ready to defeat 
  • He stands ready to reap the harvest of the world
  • He stands ready to come again

Look! Look and you will see Him too. 

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