Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. (Matthew 11:11 KJV)
The reason why Jesus said that there has not been anyone risen in ministry that is ordained by God greater than John the Baptist is because John demonstrated God’s nature and character through his personality and ministry without discrepancy. And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true. And many believed on him there. (John 10:41-42 KJV) John the Baptist prepared the way of Jesus Christ without any miracles occurring in his ministry. However, he allowed God’s nature and character to work through his personality and ministry which brought forth conviction to those that heard him speak. He proclaimed and demonstrated to his audience the very nature and personality of the coming Messiah through the message of repentance by baptism, while at the same time demonstrating God’s nature and character without any contradictions in his personality or ministry.
After John the Baptist prepared the way of Jesus Christ, Jesus came and made available to His followers the Holy Spirit, in which the Holy Spirit verifies God’s nature and Truth. He that is least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than John the Baptist because of the investment and working of the Holy Spirit in the lives of those that have believed on Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit was not given during the time and ministry of John the Baptist until Jesus came and made Holy Spirit available to His followers. A believer in God’s Kingdom is not taught by another other than Holy Spirit. A believer that is taught by the Holy Spirit is teachable.
Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:19-20 KJV)
A believer may be powerful when it comes to ministry, but they will be considered by God least in His Kingdom if their personality is not in harmony with His nature and character. A believer is great in God’s Kingdom when their lives and ministry are in harmony with His nature and character. The scribes and Pharisees were teachers of God’s Law, but some of them were hypocrites because their lives were not in harmony with God’s nature and character. We should listen and obey those that are in authority over us that would tell us the truth and the right way to go, but we are not to follow in the footsteps of their hypocrisy when they are walking in hypocrisy. We should do what they say that is in accordance with Truth, but we should not do what they do, which is to teach Truth, but live a life that is contrary to God.
This is how our righteousness should exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, in which their righteousness was not of God, but of themselves, which is self-righteousness. If anyone dies in their hypocrisy without repentance, then they will not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Now that Jesus considers us to be greater than John the Baptist because of the investment of the Holy Spirit and the power of God working in our lives, we should be maintaining our salvation that was given to us by God, which is in His Son, Jesus Christ through faith. We should consider where we stand in God’s Kingdom.