I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater 1 than John. 2 Yet the one who is least 3 in the kingdom of God 4 is greater than he is.”
Mt 11:11; Mt 13:16,17; Lu 1:14,15; Lu 3:16; Lu 9:48; Lu 10:23,24; Eph 3:8,9; Col 1:25-27; Heb 11:39,40; 1Pe 1:10-12
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1 sn In the Greek text greater is at the beginning of the clause in the emphatic position. John the Baptist was the greatest man of the old era.
2 tc The earliest and best
3 sn After John comes a shift of eras. The new era is so great that the lowest member of it (the one who is least in the kingdom of God) is greater than the greatest one of the previous era.
4 sn The kingdom of God is a major theme of Jesus’ proclamation. It is a realm in which Jesus rules and to which those who trust him belong. See Luke 6:20; 11:20; 17:20-21. It is not strictly future, though its full manifestation is yet to come. That is why membership in it starts right after John the Baptist.