Matthew 11:11 to Ponder

This is a passage that has always caused me to paused and think “What does this mean?”

Matthew 11:11 (ESV) Truly, I say to 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.

This seems so odd.

Do you know what this is speaking of?

I have my thoughts, but commentaries differ.


4 thoughts on “Matthew 11:11 to Ponder

  1. I actually do have some ideas on this, but they are pretty dispensational.

    The gist of it is, that John will be part of the Old Testament saints raised into the millennial kingdom of God on earth, while those in the Body of Christ spoken of by Paul will be the bride.

    John calls himself, the friend of the bridegroom, while Paul talks of us being a chaste virgin (the bride).

    Two different sets of people in the ages to come…heavenly and earthly.

    Of course this is just one interpretation. I would be interested in hearing yours:)

    Berean Wife Reply:


    Interesting. I’m afraid that is a new idea to me. I may have heard this years ago but it was before I had enough understanding to even grasp some of this.

    I’ll have to pull out an old Scofield Bible and see what notes it has.

    My understand so far is that there is a difference between John the Baptist and the NT church but more of an immediate difference verses a future millennial difference. But still studying the matter. 🙂

    Berean Wife

  2. I don’t think it is that “deep”. The simple message to me is “at that time” Christ was trying to emphasize how Great is the Kingdom of Heaven. To be even Greater then John The Baptist and his earthly ministry.

    Berean Wife Reply:


    Your answer seems to fit more closely to the other verses concerning the Kingdom. I think it is more a matter of a hierarchy of time than a hierarchy of personhood. I’ll explain more in the next post.

    Berean Wife

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