Who Is the Greatest?
k Then a dispute arose among them as to which of them would be greatest.
And Jesus, l perceiving the thought of their heart, took a m little child and set him by Him,
and said to them, n "Whoever receives this little child in My name receives Me; and o whoever receives Me p receives Him who sent Me. q For he who is least among you all will be great."
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Matthew 18:1 - 5
At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
Mark 9:33 - 37
Then He came to Capernaum. And when He was in the house He asked them, "What was it you disputed among yourselves on the road?
Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest.
But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts?
But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men.
And had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.
"Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it."
Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.
He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.
"Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me."
Then Jesus cried out and said, "He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me.
"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me."
But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.
And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
1 Corinthians 15:9
For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.