Today's passage: Mark 16:9-20
- Go ahead and read the footnote in your Bible concerning this passage. Here are two articles that might help you better understand the discussion on the authenticity of this section of Mark 16 if you would like to do more reading:
- This writer believes these verses are not to be considered as canon in the Gospel of Mark.
- This writer believes these verses should be considered as canon in the Gospel of Mark.
- Whether this passage was in the original manuscript or not, it does not change any doctrines.
- Debates of this sort are few and biblical scholars are aware of every question concerning what would have been in the original manuscripts. The open (Public) dialogue and the lack of any doctrinal issues being at stake gives us greater confidence in knowing that we have everything we need from God's Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
- If baptism was required for salvation to take effect, then the end of verse 16 would include a lack of baptism for those who remain condemned. What we see from the rest of Scripture is that believers are given new life and start following Jesus. If a person professes by mouth to be a follower of Jesus but refuses to profess through their actions (Through obedience in baptism), then something is wrong.
- The list of signs accompanying those who believe in verses 17-18 are not said to be universal and they are not commanded to be done.
- These are things we see happening in the 1st century church in the book of Acts. The Apostles would see these things happening in their lifetime. We should not expect to be seeing them today.
Questions to consider:
- If these verses were added later, why do you think they would have been? What parts parallel the other gospel accounts? What do these verses appear to do for the end of the Gospel of Mark?
- What events in the book of Acts are accounted for in verses 17-18? Can you find them in Acts?
- How is the Great Commission written out in this passage? With whom have we been commanded to share the Gospel? Who could you share Jesus with today?