Jesus taught that if your hand causes you to sin, it would be better to cut it off than to be thrown into the “Gehenna of fire” with it. But is it our hand that causes us to sin? Paul taught that, “with his flesh,” he served “the law of sin.” The disciples had been arguing about who was the greatest when Jesus picked up a “little one,” teaching that one “like this child is the greatest.” A little child has little “flesh,” little pride, and basically no resume. We must lose our resume to enter the kingdom of heaven. For “it is not the will of the Father in heaven that one of these little one’s should perish.” At the cross we are cut down—we are judged down—to our little one. And our “body of death” is annihilated in the “Gehenna of fire.”

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