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Explain Matthew 11:11

Scripture Matthew 11:11, "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." Does this verse mean Jesus was not born of woman?

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This verse is mostly about the Kingdom of Heaven. While John was the greatest, yet he was Old Testament, under Law, etc. But the disciples of Jesus, those who would be raptured just before AD70, are the Jews who endured the Baptism of Fire, the "purging," and were destined to spend the Millennium, the present Church Age, ruling and reigning with Christ the 12 tribes of Israel. John was of those 12 tribes. The least in the Kingdom of Heaven would have part in that ruling and reigning. And even though John may have even been greater than this "least" person, yet he is ruled by him. That makes his lesser.
All the real Jews are in heaven with Christ, those left behind, and their descendants, are not.


Mack
---Mack on 9/24/11


Don't we already have enough blogs concerning the RCC? Why does everything have to be about them? There is much in Scripture that everyone can discuss or debate about. It seems that every blog turns to something the RCC is doing or has done. There is more in life to discuss.
---Mark_V. on 3/3/11


Matthew 11:11 has nothing whatsoever to do with an egg. Matthew from Matt. 11:7-15, was saying that John the Baptist was greater than the Old Testament prophets, because he actually saw with his yes and personally participated in the fulfillment of what they only prophesied (v. 10, 13, 1 Peter 1:10,11). But all believers after the cross are greater still, because they participate in the full understanding and experience of something John merely foresaw in shadowy form-the actual atoning work of Christ.
---Mark_V. on 3/2/11


//No Jesus was not the second adam, He is the LAST Adam.//

yes. i suppose 'last' is the most correct term.

i always assumed Jesus' 'Second Coming' would be His last, but we do not call it His 'Last Coming'.

maybe, in some context, the terms have become synonymous.
---aka on 3/1/11


\\Here in this Scripture I believe is a great secret can be found. And that secret has to do with whether or not the natural egg of Mary was used to for the embryo that became the body of the Lord Jesus Christ. Comments?\\
---mima on 6/7/10


All the Gnostics had a bunch of "great secrets" too
---James_L on 3/1/11




this is a huge compliment to john the baptist
#1 matthew does not have the level of truth that the 4th gospel has. therefore this verse could not be in the 4th gospel. JESUS was born of a woman but much more important is .....

whoever is least was not born of a womam. they are aborted babies.
---lmwal931 on 2/26/11


For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. . . . The first man Adam became a living being, the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven. (1 Corinthians 15:2122, 15:4547).

No Jesus was not the second adam, He is the LAST Adam.
---kathr4453 on 6/10/10


kathr wrote, "Jesus could not be FLESH without using Mary's EGG. Jesus could not be HUMAN without Mary's egg."

Question was Adam flesh? Was Adam human?
Is Jesus called the second Adam in Scripture?
---mima on 6/10/10


No, this verse is saying that John the baptist was the greatest in that he announced the arrival of the Messiah, prophesying- Here, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, and he baptised the Lord. No other prophet had such an honor to baptize our Lord. But Jesus was saying that eventhough John did this mighty work, that still the prophet that humbles himself can be used even mightier than John was used. Because God is Almighty and he seeks such to serve him.
---Eloy on 6/9/10


No. I think it means that before John the Baptist came on the scene, there was no greater one than he. (They were both born of women-- John of Elizabeth, Jesus of Mary, cousins in the flesh) John was preaching repentence before Jesus started His public ministry. John came to point the way to Jesus.

Act 13:24-25 When John had first preached before his [Jesus'] coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
And as John fulfilled his course, he said, Whom think ye that I am? I am not he [the Savior of Israel] But, behold, there cometh one after me, whose shoes of his feet I am not worthy to loose.
---Donna66 on 6/9/10




Here in this Scripture I believe is a great secret can be found. And that secret has to do with whether or not the natural egg of Mary was used to for the embryo that became the body of the Lord Jesus Christ. Comments?
---mima on 6/7/10

mima, YES the egg of Mary absolutely was used in fusing the sperm of GOD with the seed of Abraham, seed of David of which Mary was of the house. This is why Mary's genealogy is used, going all the way back to Adam. Jesus could not be FLESH without using Mary's EGG. Jesus could not be HUMAN without Mary's egg.

The Mystery is that GOD is the Father.
---kathr4453 on 6/9/10


Let me rephrase.
Jesus, showing humility, is not going to call Himself the greatest prophet ever born, especially since He fits into the born side of the equation.
Jesus' prophetic abilities weren't His main focus. So, as prophets are concerned, John gets top billing.
---micha9344 on 6/9/10


--micha9344 if Jesus was born of woman he automatically is in the equation whether or not he states that specifically, in fact he is stating in a roundabout manner that very thing when he says,"Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist:" consider the difference in the word "of"
---mima on 6/9/10


I think it points more toward Jesus' humility.
Jesus is not gonna say the He is part of that equation.
---micha9344 on 6/8/10


"Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist:" here's the part to consider. Is the Bible wrong or is it true that John the Baptist is greatest of those born of women?
Here in this Scripture I believe is a great secret can be found. And that secret has to do with whether or not the natural egg of Mary was used to for the embryo that became the body of the Lord Jesus Christ. Comments?
---mima on 6/7/10


My explanation is that, the first will be last in the Kingdom of Heaven, and the last will be first in Kingdom of Heaven.
---Kimbe7395 on 6/5/10


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Well said AKAjoseph
---francis on 6/5/10


No. It is better to know and understand Scripture rather than just knowing how to read them.....The expression, "them that are born of women" means mortal men, the idea being that the greatest of all in this life cannot be compared with the glory of the life to come.....The weakest believer who has the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of the "risen Christ" is, therefore, in a more privileged position than the greatest of the Old Testament prophets.
---catherine on 6/5/10


"Does this verse mean Jesus was not born of woman?" No.
Jesus was referencing John as prophet and witness to His arrival, as clarified in Luke 7:28 "For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater 'prophet' than John the Baptist."
For John was called to the greatest ministry there was at that time, to bare witness of Jesus as The Christ, and as John himself testified "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I." Mat.3:11 John was privileged to see what the prophets before him desired to see but did not. Mat 13:16
---Josef on 6/4/10


I think this question has been asked once before, mima.

No, the verse does not mean that.

Compare this verse with John 3 where being born of the flesh and born of the Spirit are contrasted.

Consider this also in light of those Jews who boasted of special spiritual standing with God (compared with the Gentiles) on be basis of their merely biological descent from Abraham.

Even when I was a child I realized this.
---Cluny on 6/4/10


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Jesus was both God & man. The verse is referring to & comparing John to humans only.
---Reba on 6/4/10


paraphrase: The greatest man (water)born on earth does not hold a candle to the lowest man that is (spiritually) reborn into the Kingdom.

See John 3. water birth and spiritual rebirth.
---aka.joseph on 6/4/10


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