“AS A LITTLE CHILD”
by Kevin Rutherford
The kingdom, which is the church, is also referred to as the body of Christ (Ephesians , 23). One must be in the body to be saved (Ephesians ). That is why Paul taught that salvation is in Christ (2 Timothy ). How do I get into the kingdom, which is the church and the body? I am baptized into the body (Galatians ). What happens when I am baptized? My sins are washed away by the blood of Christ (Acts ; ). Therefore, when I am baptized to enter the kingdom my sins are washed away. That means I enter the kingdom without sin.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it (Mark 10:14, 15).” We must enter the kingdom in the same state a child is in. We enter the kingdom without sin. Therefore, little children are without sin. What a horrible, unjust, and unscriptural doctrine it is which says that children are born with the sins of their parents upon them. What a terrible doctrine it is which says children are born with a sinful nature. Children are neither born with sin or with a sinful nature. Babies are pure, innocent, and in a safe condition spiritually.