John the Baptist, according to Jesus, was the greatest born of a woman (Matthew 11:11). And yet Jesus says that he who is least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than John the Baptist. And who is least in the Kingdom of Heaven? Jesus said, in Matthew 5:19, that the person who breaks one of the least of the commandments and “teaches men to do so;” that person shall be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But he that is least is still greater than John the Baptist. How is it so?
The Kingdom of God is the government wherein Christ is the Head. John the Baptist did not have a Body. His head was Christ, but he did not have a government. Because he did not have covering or authority, he is less than the least of anyone who is inside the Body. John the Baptist did not have the provision of the Body so he did not equal the least one who does have this covering.
A man having an independent ministry apart from the Body is like this example. A man in the Body who brings water to the pulpit once a week is greater than the man who has a “successful” independent ministry. The least in the Kingdom of God is greater than this man. If a person wants to live outside the Body, he can, but he will not have real success. All his achievements would not even be equal to that which the least in the Kingdom could do. The least is better than a godly man like John the Baptist because God treasures His Body, His flesh and bones.