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Emanna for 06/16/2020

The Ones Who Are Greater in the Kingdom

Bible Verses

Matt 11:11 Truly I say to you, Among those born of women there has not arisen one greater than John the Baptist, yet he who is least in the kingdom of the heavens is greater than he.

Words of Ministry

Compared to the Old Testament prophets John was greater; but compared to the New Testament people, he was smaller. John was in a transitory period, greater than those who preceded him, but smaller than those who were to come after him. All the prophets prior to John prophesied only that Christ was coming, but John testified that Christ had come. The prophets were looking forward to Christ, but John saw Christ. Hence, John was greater than all the prophets. Although John saw the incarnated Christ and introduced Him to people, he did not have the resurrected Christ indwelling him. But the kingdom people do. John could only say, "Here is Christ," but the kingdom people can say, "For to me to live is Christ" (Phil. 1:21). Hence, the least in the kingdom of the heavens is greater than he. Whether anyone is greater or lesser depends upon his relationship to Christ. Christ is the deciding factor. The closer anyone is to Christ, the greater he is. Although John the Baptist was close to Christ, he was not as close to Him as we are, for we have Christ within us. Christ is in us, and we are in Him. Because Christ is mingled with us, our relationship with Christ is most intimate. First Corinthians 6:17 says, "He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit." What could be closer than this? This close relationship to Christ makes us greater than all those who preceded us. What a great blessing this is!

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Matthew, pp. 381-382. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 6/12/99) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.