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Please explain Matthew 19:14.
Matthew 19:14 (NASB) 14But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Messiah Jesus’ Words in red)
The first thing to notice is that the Lord Jesus is speaking in the present tense of individuals here on earth. He isn’t referring to heaven or the future millennial kingdom. The kingdom of heaven which He is speaking about is a present spiritual kingdom.
Children are in this kingdom because of a simple faith that they believe on Him.
Matthew 18:6 (NASB) 6but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. (Jesus’ Words in red)
It’s this kind of simple child- like faith that anyone enters.
Matthew 18:3 (NASB) 3and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. (Jesus’ Words in red)
Luke 18:15 – 17 (NASB) 15And they were bringing even their babies to Him so that He would touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they began rebuking them. 16But Jesus called for them, saying, “Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17“Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” (Jesus’ Words in red)