On the 'General Baptist Discussions' forum, Darrell C and I were discussing the faith of Abraham and whether he is in the Kingdom of Heaven. I thought it might be worth pursuing and putting in the 'Theology' forum. There are plenty of people in the world who have grown up not knowing their father. Whether you realise it or not, whether you like it or not, Abraham is your father. Galatians 3:7. Therefore know that [only] those who are of faith are sons of Abraham' (cf. also Romans 4:11-12). The Jews had Abraham as their physical father; as a believer in Christ, you have Abraham's spiritual DNA. That is not, of course, to deny that God is your Father. John 8:56. 'Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and rejoiced.' Galatians 3:8-9. 'And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, "In you shall all nations be blessed." So then, those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham. Hebrews 11:13. 'These [the Patriarchs] all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them , embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth' (cf. 1 Peter 2:11). So the Gospel was preached to Abraham and he looked forward to Christ as we look back and he and we are blessed together, not separately So would you say...there is something different about our salvation from John [the Baptist]'s? And is that Kingdom that he will sit down in different from the one we are in today? We are in the Kingdom, you know: [/QUOTE] No. I am perfectly certain that he is in the kingdom of heaven just as we are, and he will rise at the Last Day just as we shall. Yes. I see no reason to doubt it. He looked forward by faith; we look back, but we are all saved by faith together. There is only one kingdom of God. Although JTB was born under the Mosaic Covenant, he was saved by grace through faith just as we are. So why are JTB and all O.T. believers less than the least in the KoH (Matthew 11:11)? Because N.T. believers see more clearly because they look back on a completed event. "But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear; for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see.....etc.' (Matthew 13:16-17). When our Lord said this, JTB was in jail unable to see or hear about Him. But none of this means that JTB was not part of the KoH.