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Recently I read something that quoted this verse from the bible:

Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

It got me wondering, when Jesus says things like "will be called least in the kingdom of heaven", does this give evidence that there are different positions in heaven, or was Jesus implying the least position in heaven is not going to heaven at all?

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The phrase "kingdom of Heaven" is equivalent to "kingdom of God" (e.g., Matt. 3:2 cp. Mark 1:15, etc.). "Heaven" (Hebrew shamayim) is a kinnui (substitute) for the Tetragrammaton. The phrase "kingdom of Heaven" does not mean "kingdom in heaven." God's kingdom can even be within someone (Luke 17:21) and is not restricted to a particular locality. –  H3br3wHamm3r81 Jan 16 '13 at 0:16
The bible does distinguish between levels of rewards in heaven, and levels of punishment in hell, but the verse you mention is on a different topic. The Pharisees avoided some parts of the law while trying to be great teachers by distinguishing between 'so called' small sins versus big sins, similar to Catholic practice today. Jesus is just saying they will no longer be respected by believers and will be considered 'low' no matter who they think they are. Generally this implies actual exclusion from God's kingdom regardless of how they are thought of by men, even when merely thought as 'low'. –  Mike Jan 16 '13 at 4:46

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There are several teachings that indicate that there will be rewards in Heaven. Most commonly this is in reference to the Bema Seat. The statement of "least" and "greatest" in heaven is a art of that belief. Being "great" would imply that you've earned it as a reward for meekness, faithfulness, humility, etc.

More here:

Excerpt from the last:

This article is essentially a continuation of The Bema or Judgment Seat of Christ... Unfortunately many Christians, draw the conclusion that since all our sins have been forgiven, our works cannot possibly be considered at the judgment Seat of Christ.. Not true according to I Corinthians 3:9-13.


Introduction Rewards [mis-thos'] in the Bible means pay for service… literally or figuratively, good or bad… exemplified by Revelation 22:12... - "Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work" (Revelation 22:12).

The following two verses are one example each of good and bad.

  • And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; [2Peter 2:13-15]

  • Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: but each shall receive his own reward according to his own labor. [1Corinthians 3:8].

The wicked are also ‘rewarded’, but this article concerns itself solely with the ‘good’ rewards’.

Rewards Vs. Salvation It will be well to make it clear from the outset that Salvation and Rewards are two totally different things. Salvation is a free gift, but rewards are earned by our works after we are saved. The Bible clearly teaches good works will not get us into heaven. Salvation [forgiveness of sin and entrance to heaven] is based on Jesus’ work on the cross and God shows no partiality regarding salvation (Acts 10:34). [See Salvation].

However, the Bible also makes it clear that the saved will also receive rewards in Heaven over and above forgiveness and eternal life, and that the level of reward will be based on works done here on earth. Apparently there are those that will make it to heaven, but who have earned little or no additional rewards. Right after assuring us that salvation is not by works in Ephesians 2, Paul says this, "We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do".

It is the consistent teaching of the New Testament that God promises to reward believers for their good works… mentioned explicitly in many verses!

  • "The Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works" (Matthew 16:27).

  • "[God] will render to each one according to his deeds" (Romans 2:6).

  • "He who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor" (1 Corinthians 3:8).

  • Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding (excelling) in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. [1 Corinthians 15:58]

  • Whatever you are doing, work at it with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not for people, because you know that you will receive your inheritance from the Lord as the reward. Serve the Lord Christ. [Colossians 3:23-24]

And implied in many more…

  • yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy: for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for in the same manner did their fathers unto the prophets. But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. Woe unto you, ye that are full now! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you, ye that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for in the same manner did their fathers to the false prophets. (Luke 6:20-26).

  • knowing that whatsoever good thing each one doeth, the same shall he receive again from the Lord, whether he be bond or free. (Ephesians 6:8).

  • whatsoever ye do, work heartily, as unto the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that from the Lord ye shall receive the recompense of the inheritance: ye serve the Lord Christ. (Col 3:23-25).

  • "God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister" (Hebrews 6:10).

Some of the good works mentioned in Scripture which will be rewarded include

  • perseverance under persecution (Luke 6:22-23), caring for the needy (Matthew 25:34-36), treating enemies kindly (Luke 6:35), prayer (Matthew 6:6), fasting (Matthew 6:18), and generous giving (Matthew 19:21).
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Awesome, dude. So, how did you get your sources? –  Anonymous Aug 9 '13 at 23:58
@Anonymous - Assuming you're asking seriously, it's simply a matter of paying attention in Church, reading a lot, and using the knowledge gained from those activities to know what terms to search for to get good results in Bing and Google that back up what I have already been taught or read. it's a lot easier to google if you know what to look for. –  David Stratton Aug 10 '13 at 13:44
Thanks for the info. I am asking this question seriously. Sorry if I bothered you. Out of curiosity, can you be a regular churchgoer without being officially a member? –  Anonymous Aug 10 '13 at 20:11
@anonymous, you should be welcomed at any church I would consider attending, as long as you do not engage in outrageously disruptive behavior. I would want to leave with you and help you find a better place if you were rejected. –  disciple Jun 19 at 21:59

Consider logically if the answer is yes. That would mean someone could teach that it is ok to worship idols or another god, never repent of a sin and enter the kingdom of God. Would this be so? Certainly not for it is written

Those who regard worthless idols Forsake their own Mercy. (Jonah 2:8)

Listen to the words of Jesus

Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:19-20)

Verse 20 is a description of the fate of those who break one of the least of the commandments and teach others to do so. A little leaven leavens the whole lump, it is not safe to hold on even to little sins. This is why Peter's declaration stands firm today

"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: (Acts 3:19-20)

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Mt 5:19 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.

Mt 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.

by WAESHAEL: The revealed truth in Mt 11:11 is that John the Baptist was not in the Kingdom of Heaven while alive and in prison. On the other hand some people had entered the kingdom of heaven, even those who were just beginning to understand were allowed in.

by WAESHAEL: God chooses who will enter the Kingdom of Heaven - those He declares righteous, He converts and makes as little children. That is, He gives the grace of repentance, to man, who then is drawn to change his fleshly life, demonstrates this desire to others, accepts Christ as his Lord and King, and studies the word of God - as if a child, accepting all he is taught. And thereby man enters the Kingdom of Heaven.

by WAESHAEL: So you see here that to enter the KOH requires one to accept Christ as Lord and King. John the Baptist did not do this. He sent his own disciples to ask Jesus whether he was the one they waited for i.e JB did not know Jesus was Christ. And JB died before he could enter the kingdom of heaven. But He was declared by God to be righteous (Jesus calls him "the greatest.") and presumably obtained Life Eternal through the Abrahamic covenant.

“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.” Matthew 4:23, KJV.

Summary: To enter into the Kingdom of Heaven is to enter into a life as taught to the disciples by The Master. A life of doing things for others - healing all manner of sickness - whether physical or spiritual. If you did God's will and showed others "teach others to observe whatsoever I have shown you." Jesus had told the disciples at a later time, then you are the greatest. If, on the other hand you disagreed with God's will, and taught others to disagree, you would be the lowest in the KOH - but you were not excluded from it, because you had accepted Christ as your Lord and King. You were only a "child," and could repent.

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That is correct. girl, but Mike and the rest of the answer are false because they have no knowledge of God and think their no level of heaven. If their level of hell, their is level of heaven. So there are level on earth - high class, middle class, low class and as Jesus said Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

He's saying people like those in church who Preach Jesus words but not follow the commandment, they be known as the low class in heaven. And Jesus also have the key to life and hell. So if you live Godly in Jesus of Nazareth. You will face prosecution. Because Jesus said - believe on me but not on me but on him that sent me.

No one follow that commandment. So since they believe on Jesus of Nazareth, died with thoughts of Jesus of Nazareth instead of God. They will go to Jesus of Nazareth and he will come down quickly the way he went up and he use the key to prosecute them.

And Jesus is not coming back because Jesus is already in the spirit world, staying there.

He told the people who done the cup ritual, to not drink but he will drink on the other end.

Plus Jesus said he who love me, keep my commandment, if my father love him, I will manifest myself to him. And --- he comes to make abode with you with his father.

So since Jesus of Nazareth is on he other side, above us in heaven, with the Ritual church do is offering Jesus wine at his end as he hold the keys to live and hell.

He's not the one who comes back.

So when Jesus say believe on the son - he wasn't referring to himself. Because before that, Jesus said believe on me as the scripture said (doctrine), if you don't believe I am he (spiritual teacher) , you will died in your sin. When you raised the son, then you know that I am he.

He made a distinct between him and the son by use 'Me' and 'son' - also Jesus was sent by two Good. Not one.

The distinct is Jesus said 'My father' and 'the father'

So when Jesus say to Mary - I am going back to my father and your father, back to my God and your God.

If it one ' Jesus would say our father, our God. But he did not.

Jesus said - I come to do then work in my father's name and 'THEY' witness me.

Who am I that revealing Jesus scripture?

Jesus said - when he, the spirit of truth comes he will guide you into all truth regarding sin, righteous. He will take what is mine and make it known to you. The Comforter the holy ghost who is sent in my name will bring remembrance to what I said..

Jesus said - the sword kill the body but the soul is not kill.

God said- the soul is unborn, eternal, undying. The soul is not perish when the body is destroy.

Jesus said - my doctrine not mine but how that sent me. He who comes to do God will comes to know the doctrine.

Learn more at bunthorntim.blogspot.com/2012/09/part-1.HTML

How much do you want to know about the doctrine speaks of?

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Jesus was sent by two Gods? Jesus and the Son are also different? What kind of new ideas are you bringing here? –  Mawia Aug 18 '13 at 16:37
"Jesus is not coming back because Jesus is already in the spirit world," please reread your Bible friend it is written "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him." (1 Thes 4:16-17, Revelation 1:7) Almost everything you say is incorrect. –  HelloWorld Aug 18 '13 at 17:41
"God said- the soul is unborn, eternal, undying." Actually the Bible says the opposite for it is written " The soul who sins shall die." (Ezekiel 18:20) God "alone has immortality" (1 Timothy 6:16) and He grants eternal life to those who are faithful to Him at His second coming. –  HelloWorld Aug 18 '13 at 17:44
I'd invite you to read the help page, as well as these posts: What makes a good, supported answer? and What Christianity.StackExchange is (and more importantly, what it isn't) This post violates all sorts of site guidelines. –  David Stratton Aug 18 '13 at 18:59
Strange ideas indeed! –  user3558931 Jun 21 at 8:50

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