- SCRIPTURE READING: (Matthew
18:1-6). Notice specifically Matthew
18:3, Where Christ said, "
I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as
little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."
- What Christ said was in answer to the question
of: "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"
- The reply to the question was given after
Christ had "called a little child unto him, and
set him in the midst of them" (Matthew
- Implying in Matthew
18:4 that the greatest in the kingdom of heaven
would be whoever that would "humble himself as
this little child" that was set before them.
- This was connected to two important things:
- That in order to receive Christ, one
had to be received as a little child in the name of the
- That a failure to do so and "
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" (Matthew
- Christ used in verse three the Greek word
"ektos" , an adverb, outside; that
when used "ean me", means = except, unless;
or if not. [VINES EXPOSITORY DICTIONARY OF NEW TESTAMENT
WORDS, page 396-397.] NOTE: The usage of the word by
the Lord implies:
- The expressed musts, or the essentials
of what is necessary to enter into heaven.
- That which cannot be overlooked; omitted;
or left undone.
- LOOK WITH ME FOR A FEW MINUTES THE USE OF
"EXCEPT" AS IT IS USED IN CONNECTION WITH:
- The Plan of salvation.
- Christian living.
- EXCEPT AND THE PLAN OF SALVATION:
- Concerning ones behavior, bearing,
or deportment in entering the kingdom of God.
18:3 )Jesus said: "Verily I say unto you,
except ye be converted, and become as little
children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."
responsibility is placed upon man to:
- Turn from his evil ways and become a
fit subject for the kingdom = be as little children.
- Turn from personal ambition and humble
himself before God.
I Peter 5:5 = "
For God resisteth
the proud, and giveth grace to the humble."
16:24-26 = "Then said Jesus unto his
disciples, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself,
and take up his cross, and follow me. For whoseover will
save his life shall loose it: and whosoever will lose his
life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited,
if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"
- Concerning being drawn to Christ:
- Christ said, John
6:44-45 = "No man can come to me, except
the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will
raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets,
and they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore
that heath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh
drawing of one to Christ is done by God and that is through
His Word the Gospel:
- The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation
- Paul wrote to the Thessalonians in his
second letter, 2
Thessalonians 2:14 = "Whereunto he called
you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our
Lord Jesus Christ."
- Paul warned the Galatians in the first
chapter not pervert, or change this Gospel.
- Concerning belief:
- Jesus said, John
8:24 = "
That ye shall die in your
sins: for if ye believe not that I am he,
ye shall die in your sins." [KJV]. The
[ASV] reads: "
Ye shall die in your
sins: for except ye believe that I am he, ye shall
die in your sins."
- There was no other name given than that
of Christ. Acts
4:12 = "Neither is there salvation in
any other: for there is none other name under heaven given
among men, whereby we must be saved."
- The belief in this one name comes only
through the hearing of the Word of God. Romans
10:17 = "So then faith cometh by hearing,
and hearing by the word of God."
- Concerning repentance:
- Jesus said, Luke
13:3 = "I Tell you, nay, but, except
ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."
- Paul while speaking on Mars hill,
to the Athenians about their altar to an unknown God, said
17:30 = "And the times of this ignorance
God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to
- Concerning ones confession that Jesus
is the Son of God. The word except is not stated
- In Romans
10:10, both Belief and confession are tied together
and Except is used with belief as we have already noted.
"For the with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;
and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
- Unless one confesses Christ before man,
Christ will deny man before His Father in heaven. Matthew
10:32-33 = "Whosoever shall confess me
before men, him will I confess also before my Father which
is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him
will I also deny before My Father which is in heaven."
- Concerning ones spiritual birth
- Jesus said, John
3:3-5 = "
Verily, verily, I s ay
unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot
see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto
him, how can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter
the second time into his mothers womb, and be born?
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except
a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter
into the kingdom of God."
- John wrote in John
1:12-13 = "But as many as received him,
to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to
them that believe on his name: which were born , not of
blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of
man, but of God." (See Romans
- EXCEPT AND CHRISTIAN LIVING:
- Concerning having life after death. (Read
- Jesus said, John
6:53-54 = "
Verily, verily, I say
unto you, except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man,
and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth
my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and
I will raise him up at the last day."
- Except (unless) we manifest in our life
in every way we will not have life with Him:
Corinthians 4:11 = "
life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal
Peter 2:21 = "
That we should
follow in his steps."
22:19-20 = "And he took bread, and
gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying,
this is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance
of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, this
cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for
- NOTE: The purpose of which is
expressed well in these words: II
Corinthians 4:16 = "For which cause
we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the
inward man is renewed day by day."
- Concerning steadfastness:
- Christ said, John
15:3-6 = "Now ye are clean through the
word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in
you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except
it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide
in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: he that abideth
in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit:
for without me ye can do nothing> If a man abide not
in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered: and
men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are
- Unless we abide in Christ we cannot:
- Glorify the Father.
- Bear fruit.
- Be the Lords disciple.
- Concerning activity:
- Christ said, Matthew
5:20 = "For I say unto you, that except
your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the
scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the
kingdom of heaven."
- Righteousness is doing that which is
acceptable to God.
- The prayer of a righteous man availeth
- The obedience in doing that which God
Peter 2:21-22 = "For it had been
better for them not to have known the way of righteousness,
than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy
commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened
unto them according to the t rue proverb, the dog is
turned to hiss own vomit again; and the sow that was
washed to her wallowing in the mire."
4:17 = "To him therefore that knoweth
to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin."
6:46 = "And why call ye me, Lord,
Lord, and do not the things which I say?"
- LET US GIVE HEED TO WHAT THE LORD HAS SAID
AND IMPLIED WITH THE WORD EXCEPT:
- One can not change what God has said, nor
can he make an exception to that which God has said in regards
to being able to receive salvation:
- Unless he knows what Christ has said,
nothing else will work.
- Unless he believes what Christ has said,
nothing else will be given.
- Unless he changes his life to live as
God directs he will be lost.
- Unless he confess Jesus as Gods
Son, there will be no other.
- Unless he is baptized in the way and
manner as Christ, no other will do.
- Except one continues to live faithfully
he will be lost.
- REMEMBER WHAT THE LORD SAID: "Except
ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not
enter into the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew
- DO YOU WANT TO ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN?
WHY NOT NOW?
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