God adopts as His child anyone who believes in the Name of Jesus Christ (John 1:12; Eph 1:5). The New Testament uses three Greek words to describe a child: nepios, paidion and teknon.
“We must distinguish between a childlike faith and a childish faith” (William L. Craig).
A childlike faith believes that:
– Jesus Christ is God and Saviour,
– Jesus has power over diseases, death and demons.
An infant (nepios) is childish, untaught, or ignorant. He thinks differently from an adult. Such a spiritual child needs “milk” and not “meat.” He is unskilled in handling God’s Word.
The child of God can enter the kingdom of heaven. The child who is humble is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven (Matt 18:3-4;19:14). The Greek plurals of paidion and teknon are translated as “little children” or “children.”
God desires that every child grow into Christlikeness.
In 1 Corinthians 14:20, God commands all Christian disciples:
• Do not be children (paidia) in your thinking.
• Be infants (a verbal command, nepiazete from nepios) concerning evil.
• Be mature (teleios) in your thinking.
“The little one who believes in Christ Jesus
is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
Elder Yoong Yuen Soo