14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve those who are going to inherit salvation?
Angels are only sent to those who are about to get saved, those who call on the name of the Lord through faith in Jesus as seen in Romans 10:9-10;13 which says, 9 If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.
13 For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
A person who does not profess faith in Jesus will not have an angel assigned to them. The same as a child because they need to understand the gospel or the message of Christ to be saved (Romans 10:17). Remember that the angels are given to those who have repented and given their lives to Jesus, A child doesn’t understand sin and the implication of it. When I use the word child I’m referring to the age of innocence.
A child is innocent of doing deliberate sin but nonetheless he/she is born in sin according to Psalm 51:5 which says, 5 Indeed, I was guilty when I was born; I was sinful when my mother conceived me.
A child needs Jesus as much as an adult does.
If a baby or an adult with mental disabilities dies, Jesus gives them the message before the entry into eternity is final. He gives them the opportunity to choose Him or not by giving them understanding since they didn’t have it when they were alive on earth.
I want to make this very clear in regards to my explanation of the death of a baby and a mentally disabled adult that it is my sole opinion and only my opinion because the Bible doesn’t say with clarity what happens. I based what I think might be on an infant death going to heaven on 2 Samuel 12:23 which says, But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I’ll go to him, but he will never return to me.”
David’s infant died and he said that he will end up being with him in heaven after his death.
10 “See that you don’t look down on one of these little ones, because I tell you that in heaven their angels continually view the face of My Father in heaven.
Some people believe that this verse is referring to children having guardian angels which Hebrews 1:14 puts that misunderstanding to rest but for the sake to fully understand this truth I will continue further. It is very important to go to scripture without any preconceived notion to truly grasp the true meaning. The last thing you want is to tell people something that isn’t true.
Let’s back up from Matthew 18:10 and start, in the beginning, to see in its full context what Jesus is teaching His disciples.
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2 Then He called a child to Him and had him stand among them. 3 “I assure you,” He said, “unless you are converted and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child—this one is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one child like this in My name welcomes Me.
In verse 1 the disciples wanted to be better (exalted) than the others in heaven (in position).
For Jesus to address their pride in verse 2 which you cannot have in heaven, He brings a child to illustrate how humbleness looks like.
In verse 3 when Jesus said the phrase “unless you are converted and become like children” He is not saying to have a mind (lack of knowledge) like a child but is in reference to their humility in believing everything and learning what the parents say and obeying them. A Christian is to do likewise in regards to living a life in obedience to God’s Word.
In verse 4 Jesus is not saying in the passage that the child is saved but to have the quality or character of a child’s humility. To be exalted or put up on high one has to first be made low, humble.
Remember Jesus is talking about a believer but is using a child as a symbol or an illustration on how a Christian should act. Jesus is teaching His disciples this lesson.
In verse 5 the word “child” is defined in verse 3 with the phrase “unless you are converted and become like children” to mean a person who called on the name of the Lord and believed in Jesus, this is who Jesus is referring to because to call on Jesus is only done through a humble heart. If you welcome a Christian is like welcoming Jesus Himself and why is that? Because a Christian has the Holy Spirit living inside of him.
6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
The phrase “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—” is not talking about literal children but those who have converted by faith in Jesus Christ to become like “little ones” or children meaning humbled themselves in the sight of the Lord. The verse is clearly talking about a believer in Jesus because it says, “—those who believe in me—”
Throughout Matthew 18 it is evident that Jesus is talking about adults who are Christians, not children but using the children as a picture of humility, being easily molded and teachable.
Now, let’s revisit verse 10 of Matthew 18 which says, 10 “See that you don’t look down on one of these little ones, because I tell you that in heaven their angels continually view the face of My Father in heaven.”
Who are the “little ones” that have angels who are assigned to them (not next to them) but are in heaven waiting for a command from God? The answer is a person who has decided on their own to follow Jesus by acknowledging their wrongs and confessing (having faith) that Jesus is Lord.
Do children have angels? No, only those who are saved by believing that Jesus died on the cross for their sins and on the third day rose from the grave victoriously.