Having the Kingdom of God – Luke 18:15-16

By Tammy Burke

How can you take possession of the kingdom of God?

And they were bringing even their babies to Him so that He would touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they began rebuking them. But 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.” Luke 18:15-16

The Jews are coming to Jesus to be near him and to be blessed by him. The disciples told them not to bother the Teacher. But Jesus responded that the children should be allowed to come to him for the kingdom of God belongs to them.

What does this mean? Most every modern translation uses the term “belongs.”

We have access to the Kingdom of God based on innocent trust. At least that’s my understanding.

In this passage, Jesus says the children have the kingdom of God in verse 16 and that others receive the kingdom like a child in order to enter it. Think about the Kingdom of God as being something a child can possess. Why do they “have it?” They “received [it] like a child [in order to] enter it.”

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