|hal weeks wrote:
Here is a Scripture that suggests there are two classes of believers.
Luk 7:28 For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.
What do others think?
Well, I don’t see this as meaning that there are two classes of Christians. Rather I think this text needs to be read in connection with 10:23,24 which states “blessed (are) the eyes that see what you are seeing! For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you are seeing but did not see it, and to hear what you are hearing but did not hear it.”
Those who heard and saw Christ were greater than John only in the sense that they were more highly priviledged to be in the presence of Christ. John the Baptist was in prison at the time and was therefore not able to be in such close proximity to Jesus as was the “least ones”. John, the herald of Christ was locked in a lousy prison and unable to witness that which he had heralded. He also didn’t get to see the events of the death, burial, resurrection and giving of the Spirit at Pentecost.
So I think the “least” and “greatest” have to do with priviledge not status. In this context those of us who are alive during the rapture would be the greatest” in priviledge over Paul who would be the “least” in priviledge as he only taught and looked forward to the rapture that maybe you and I will actually realise.
I also wonder if the “least of these” included the Pharisees who were sitting in judgement of John.
How do you see it?