Have you ever thought that you are not of much value or good to the kingdom of heaven? I don’t know anyone that hasn’t so chances are you have or may even feel like that. I have good news for you, you are greater than John the Baptist!
John the Baptist was the last of the Old Testament prophets. His statement of, “I must decrease, and He (Jesus) must increase,” is more than an outward action. Through him the old creation with its covenants were decreasing, like the setting of the sun, and a new day was dawning. John’s greatness was in his ministry of preparing the people for the coming of the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus appeared preaching and teaching His people about the kingdom of heaven (not earth) and demonstrating the goodness of the Father’s kingdom through signs, wonders, miracles, and healings. In Him all the prophecies and laws of the old covenant were coming to completion and upon His death they were fulfilled. Through the shedding of His blood ALL SIN for ALL TIME and FOR ALL were ONCE AND FOR ALL FORGIVEN. There would be no further need for the blood of goats and bulls to cover sin, for sin would now once and for all be eradicated from within the believer.
Upon Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, a NEW CREATION came forth. This creation is not birthed through Adam or Adam’s descendants, being physical mothers and fathers, but this creation would be born directly from the Spirit of God. This is not a physical birth but a spiritual birth and through this birth you are being transformed spirit, soul, and body, into the full image of the Lord Jesus Christ as He now is as the resurrected glorified eternal God of heaven and earth.
This is what makes anyone born of God, born of the Spirit, so much greater than John the Baptist. This glory has nothing to do with your good works or your ministry, but your birth. John was not born again, and he died without seeing the New Creation, the Kingdom of Heaven, come. You, however, are born again. You are born from above. You have God’s DNA. You are a unique, new, and glorious creation, and it is your birth as a child of God that sets you high above all else. Look at what Jesus says in John 3.
Jesus replied to him, “Truly, I tell you with certainty, unless a person is born from above he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus asked him, “How can a person be born when he is old? He can’t go back into his mother’s womb a second time and be born, can he?” Jesus answered, “Truly, I tell you with certainty, unless a person is born of water and Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Don’t be astonished that I told you, ‘All of you must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it wants to. You hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. That’s the way it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (Jn 3:3-8)
AS YOUR Father’s child you have full access to the kingdom of heaven and all that your Father has. You are able to go into heaven and come back again. You can appear before the very throne of God where you are received as perfect and holy. It is also not difficult to go there because heaven is within you. The gateway, or door, is within you (it is seen in your imagination which is your internal vision center) and He lives within you. It is as easy as closing your eyes and shifting your thoughts towards God. As you do this begin giving Him thanks. Talk to Him. Focus on what you feel, hear, or see. Become aware of His presence within you. As you do you will find yourself going deeper and deeper into the kingdom.
Take some time to think about the truth that you are greater than John the Baptist. Let the Lord minister His love and acceptance to you.
Love and blessings
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