July 2, 2018
Matthew 11:11… Truly I say unto you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
“Born of women” is a phrase used to describe all natural men and women. It did not include angels and other created beings. The difference between one born of a woman and one in the kingdom of heaven is described by Jesus in john 3.
John 3:3… Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
First, I say, “Kingdom of God and kingdom of heaven speak of the same place; which is not really a place but a relationship. There is some discussion these days that claim the two are different . MY understanding is this: The Kingdom of God is the place where God is king. The kingdom of heaven defines the scope of His reign.
“Our Father, who art in heaven” God abides and reigns in heaven.
Now, what does it mean to be born again? It is what happens at our moment of salvation. For too long, people have “accepted” Jesus and gotten saved. When you believe Jesus, God sends His Holy Spirit to live in your heart. He is “born” in you. Like a child learning to live in the world, you learn to live in the Kingdom of God. It is natural in that you were created for it, but it is foreign in that sin has spoiled it. The end of sin is death. Death rules in the world. You are living in God’s kingdom, but in a foreign country. No wonder I feel at odds with the world. I am. Or, at least, I should be. We are born again into the Kingdom of God. That kingdom has a totally different list of expectations and hopes. Jesus said that the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than John the Baptist. As a child, I learned about John and his importance. Here, I learn from Jesus that anyone born again into the kingdom of heaven is greater than he was. Being born into the kingdom of heaven is no small event. Don’t treat it as such. I know people who consider their salvation experience as a ticket to a better after life. It is a birth into life now.