1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
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.
<b>The young childlike trust belief and acceptance of what a parent says, is a mirror of the trust and acceptance, that Jesus refers to. To repent by changing the mind (Rom 12:2) and take on the thinking that totally trusts, adheres to and relies on what Christ says, is entry into the kingdom of heaven (John 3:5) born anew by the Holy Spirit </b>
4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
<b>The word humble here is the ability to submit and make the word of God final authority in our lives. To submit (sub, like a submarine), go under the mission of God (1 Pet 5:6).</b>
5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
<b>This reference to offense causes the one who offends to immediately walk out side of Christ and be subject to the world's system.
This results could be worse than receiving a millstone, we receive the yoke of offence of the enemy upon our shoulders (Is 10:27).</b>
7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!
<b>If we have caused the offence and do not not addressed it, we become subject to judgment that is on satan(John 16:11).</b>
8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.
9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.
10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?
13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.
<b>God's love is so great that no matter what we have done and how far we have strayed, He will continually convict, convince, reprove, and chasten us to bring us back into Him. God will never give up on us, no matter what. </b>
14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.
<b>God's will, His word is that all should be saved and none shall perish. (2 Pet 3:9.) The judgment is meant for satan, the ruler of this world and he has already been judged. (John 16:11).</b>
15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
<b>Two agreeing in Christ brings unity (Ps 133:3) if two of His followers in coming together agree, if it is in accord with the word of God, then it will be done. For God's word has already been done.</b>
21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
<b>Peter thought forgiving his brother 7 times in one day was very generous. Jesus said he should forgive him 490 times in one day. Jesus was actually saying that there should be no limit to our forgiveness, if they repent each time (Luk 17:4).</b>
23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
<b>Again Jesus gives an illustration of sowing and reaping in the kingdom of god.
He uses this parable to illustrate that when people wrong us, we should remember that any debt that could be owed to us is insignificant compared to the debt of which we have been forgiven. We should have compassion on others just as Christ had on us (Col 3:13 and Jas 2:13.) If we fail to forgive others just as we have been forgiven, then this parable illustrates that we are liable to receive a harvest of un forgiveness.</b>