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Who are the little ones that Jesus is referring to? Are they born again saints?


Matthew 18:10

NKJV - 10 Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.

Clarify Share Report Asked January 08 2016 Mini Robert Whitlock

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
In my opinion, by "these little ones", Jesus is referring to anyone (even a born-again believer) who has not yet acquired enough wisdom and discernment of their own to be able to distinguish truth from error, or to comprehend the more complex subjects or questions of Christianity -- whether that inability should arise from a person's chronological age and lack of life experience, or from a person's "immaturity" in the faith. (Paul used the same imagery in 1 Corinthians 3:1-4 when speaking of having to tailor his teaching to feed new believers spiritual "milk" because they were not yet ready for "meat".)

In passages like the one cited in the question, Jesus especially condemns those whom God has placed in a position of trust over such people (such as parents or religious leaders) who for their own motives or advantage, deliberately hinder or mislead such "little ones", and prevent them from coming to a knowledge of that truth.

January 08 2016 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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