Thought I would expand on this a bit more.<quoted text>LL,..., would you then explain why it is that Jesus said that the least one in the kingdom of the heavens is greater than John the Baptist? Mattew 11:11 "Truly I say to YOU people, Among those born of women there has not been raised up a greater than John the Baptist; but a person that is a lesser one in the kingdom of the heavens is greater than he is." THOSE people were listening at that time, and they heard that someone in the kingdom of the heavens is greater than John. How do you understand this scripture? That will lead us back to our discussion we were having previously. So why did Jesus say that a lesser one in the kingdom of the heavens would be greater than John the Baptist? Tell us, if you will.
1 Peter 1  " For as much as his divine power has given us freely all the things that concern life and godly devotion , through the accurate knowledge of the one that called us through glory and virtue .
Through these things he has given us the precious and very grand promises , that through these you may become sharers in divine nature."
Hebrews 8  " but now Jesus has obtained a more excellent public service , so that he is also the mediator of a correspondingly BETTER COVENANT, which has been legally established on BETTER PROMISES "
 For if the first covenant had been faultless, no place would have been sought for a second"
You see John the Baptist was still under the old covenant
The new covenant was not inaugurated until Jesus poured out his BLOOD...these promises we are given now are BETTER PROMISES, then what John was under in the old covenant.
Thats why anyone in the Kingdom of heavens is a greater one then John.
Go back to 2 Peter  Yes for this reason by your contributing in RESPONSE all earnest effort, supply to your FAITH virtue , to your virtue knowledge , to your knowledge , self control, to your self control endurance, to your endurance godly devotion........etc
 " For if these things exist in you and over flow , they will prevent you from being inactive or unfruitful , regarding the accurate knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ........
for if you keep doing these things you will by no means EVER FAIL
 In fact thus there will be richly supplied to you the ENTRANCE into the everlasting Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Notice you don't have to be dead to have the entrance into the everlasting Kingdom supplied to us...but instead we are to be doing the above things , Faith , knowledge virtue , self control, endurance , godly devotion , LOVE. brotherly affection,
A person in sheol can't contibute these things to himself because there is no knowledge in sheol..these things are to be sought now, its part of what " seeking the Kingdom' is all about.
John did not have this understanding and he did not have the cleansing BLOOD of Jesus which is the new covenant
So you can see why one who is a lesser one in the Kingdom of the heavens is greater one then John..who was still operating under the old covenant.