Mark 16 - Outline of Mark (MENU page)
Mark is in five principal divisions:
I. The manifestation of the Servant-Son, 1:1-11.
II. The Servant-Son tested as to His fidelity, 1:12,13.
III. The Servant-Son at work, 1:14- 13:37.
IV. The Servant-Son "obedient unto death," 14:1- 15:47.
V. The ministry of the risen Servant-Son, now exalted to all authority, 16:1-20.
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The resurrection of Jesus Christ, and events of that day.
(Mat 28:1-15; Luk 24:1-49; Joh 20:1-23)
1. And when the sabbath was past,
Mary Magdalene, and Mary the [mother] of James, and Salome,
had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.
2 And very early in the morning the first [day] of the week,
they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.
3 And they said among themselves,
Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?
4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away:
for it was very great.
5 And entering into the sepulchre,
they saw a young man sitting on the right side,
clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.
6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted:
Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified:
he is risen; he is not here:
behold the place where they laid him.
7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter
that he goeth before you into Galilee:
there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.
8 And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre;
for they trembled and were amazed:
neither said they any thing to any [man]; for they were afraid.
9. Now when [Jesus] was risen early the first [day] of the week,
he appeared first to Mary Magdalene,
out of whom he had cast seven devils.
10 [And] she went and told them that had been with him,
as they mourned and wept.
11 And they, when they had heard that he was alive,
and had been seen of her, believed not.
12 After that he appeared in another form unto two of them,
as they walked, and went into the country.
13 And they went and told [it] unto the residue:
neither believed they them.
14. Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat,
and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart,
because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.
The Lord's commission to His disciples.
(Mat 28:16-20; Luk 24:46-49; Acts 1:8,9)
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world,
and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved;
but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe;
In my name shall they cast out devils;
{eg., Acts 5:16; 8:6,7; 16:18}
they shall speak with new tongues;
{eg., Acts 2:4-11}
18 They shall take up serpents;
{eg., Acts 28:3-6}
and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them;
they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
{Acts 3:6-16; 4:29,30; 5:15,16; 28:8,9}
...he that believeth and is baptized... he that believeth not...
Salvation is provided by the Grace of God, through the Person and Work of Christ, who purchased our redemption. Access into this salvation is by simple faith in Christ alone, apart from works (eg., Rom 3:19-28; Eph 2:8,9).
     Some erroneously interpret v.16a as requiring water baptism for salvation. Water baptism is an external sign of identification with Christ. It is a public testimony of a believer's faith in Christ. Note that according to v.16b, unbelief in Christ is cause for condemnation (not a lack of water baptism). cp. Joh 3:14-19,36; 5:24
     However, all who truly believe are born of God's Spirit, and therefore, baptized by the Spirit into the Body of Christ (Joh 3:5,6; 1Cor 12:13). This spiritual baptism, which is essential to salvation, is the work of the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:9).
These signs shall follow them that believe...
During the early years of the Church Age, God chose to confirm the message proclaimed by the apostles with miraculous signs (cp. Heb 2:1-4). See the references at v.17,18 above.
     With the passage of time, and the completion of the New Testament, these signs diminished in prominence and importance. Such signs were never intended as a means of proving the personal faith of individuals (as modern day 'snake handling' cults erroneously claim, often with tragic loss of life).
     Regarding drinking deadly things, there is no record that any of the apostles succumbed to poisoning. However, it is interesting to note that, according to Islamic tradition, Mohammed, who claimed to be God's prophet, died due to eating poisoned food.
The ascension of Jesus Christ.
(Luk 24:50-53; Acts 1:1-11)
19. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them,
he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
20 And they went forth, and preached every where,
the Lord working with [them],
and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
The Gospel of Mark is somewhat condensed, as compared with the other Synoptic Gospels. At first glance, the events recorded, in Mark's closing chapter, appear to be compressed into one day. However, it is evident (from several other passages) that following His resurrection, Jesus Christ appeared to many of His followers, over a period of forty days, before His ascension into heaven.

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