18 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”2 He called a little child and set him before them, 3 and said, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless you repent [that is, change your inner self—your old way of thinking, live changed lives] and become like children [trusting, humble, and forgiving], you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.4 Therefore, whoever [a]humbles himself like this child is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.5 Whoever receives and welcomes one [b]child like this in My name receives Me;
Matthew 18:4I.e. turns his back on self-righteous pride and adopts a realistic self-view.
46 An argument started among them as to which of them might be the greatest [surpassing the others in esteem and authority].47 But Jesus, knowing what they were thinking in their heart, took a child and had him stand beside Him, 48 and He told them, “Whoever welcomes this child in My name welcomes Me; and whoever welcomes Me [also] welcomes Him who sent Me; for the one who is least among all of you [that is, the one who is genuinely humble—the one with a realistic self-view]—he is the one who is [truly] great.”
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