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Matthew Henry's Mark Chapter 16 Bible commentary...
Christ's resurrection made known the women. (1-8) Christ appears to Mary Magdalene and other disciples. (9-13) His commission to the apostles. (14-18) Christ's ascension. (19,20)1-8 Nicodemus brought a large quantity of spices, but these good women did not think that enough. The respect others show to Christ, should not hinder us from showing our respect. And those who are carried by holy zeal, to seek Christ diligently, will find the difficulties in their way speedily vanish. When we put ourselves to trouble and expense, from love to Christ, we shall be accepted, though our endeavours are not successful. The sight of the angel might justly have encouraged them, but they were affrighted. Thus many times that which should be matter of comfort to us, through our own mistake, proves a terror to us. He was crucified, but he is glorified. He is risen, he is not here, not dead, but alive again; hereafter you will see him, but you may here see the place where he was laid. Thus seasonable comforts will be sent to those that lament after the Lord Jesus. Peter is particularly named, Tell Peter; it will be most welcome to him, for he is in sorrow for sin. A sight of Christ will be very welcome to a true penitent, and a true penitent is very welcome to a sight of Christ. The men ran with all the haste they could to the disciples; but disquieting fears often hinder us from doing that service to Christ and to the souls of men, which, if faith and the joy of faith were strong, we might do.
9-13 Better news cannot be brought to disciples in tears, than to tell them of Christ's resurrection. And we should study to comfort disciples that are mourners, by telling them whatever we have seen of Christ. It was a wise providence that the proofs of Christ's resurrection were given gradually, and admitted cautiously, that the assurance with which the apostles preached this doctrine afterwards might the more satisfy. Yet how slowly do we admit the consolations which the word of God holds forth! Therefore while Christ comforts his people, he often sees it needful to rebuke and correct them for hardness of heart in distrusting his promise, as well as in not obeying his holy precepts.
14-18 The evidences of the truth of the gospel are so full, that those who receive it not, may justly be upbraided with their unbelief. Our blessed Lord renewed his choice of the eleven as his apostles, and commissioned them to go into all the world, to preach his gospel to every creature. Only he that is a true Christian shall be saved through Christ. Simon Magus professed to believe, and was baptized, yet he was declared to be in the bonds of iniquity: see his history in #Ac 8:13-25|. Doubtless this is a solemn declaration of that true faith which receives Christ in all his characters and offices, and for all the purposes of salvation, and which produces its right effect on the heart and life; not a mere assent, which is a dead faith, and cannot profit. The commission of Christ's ministers extends to every creature throughout the world, and the declarations of the gospel contain not only truths, encouragements, and precepts, but also most awful warnings. Observe what power the apostles should be endued with, for confirming the doctrine they were to preach. These were miracles to confirm the truth of the gospel, and means of spreading the gospel among nations that had not heard it.
19,20 After the Lord had spoken he went up into heaven. Sitting is a posture of rest, he had finished his work; and a posture of rule, he took possession of his kingdom. He sat at the right hand of God, which denotes his sovereign dignity and universal power. Whatever God does concerning us, gives to us, or accepts from us, it is by his Son. Now he is glorified with the glory he had before the world. The apostles went forth, and preached every where, far and near. Though the doctrine they preached was spiritual and heavenly, and directly contrary to the spirit and temper of the world; though it met with much opposition, and was wholly destitute of all worldly supports and advantages; yet in a few years the sound went forth unto the ends of the earth. Christ's ministers do not now need to work miracles to prove their message; the Scriptures are proved to be of Divine origin, and this renders those without excuse who reject or neglect them. The effects of the gospel, when faithfully preached, and truly believed, in changing the tempers and characters of mankind, form a constant proof, a miraculous proof, that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation, of all who believe.
Sue's Mark Chapter 16 comment on 5/10/2013, 9:53am...
I believe if it in the Bible it's true. I would not want to test my faith by holding a snake or by drinking something, but if it's in the Book I believe it. I don't understand all of the comments but I disagree with some of them. And I believe He was raised just like it says.
Dallin's Mark Chapter 16 comment on 4/22/2013, 5:35am...
Mark 16:8 is where Mark ends. Compare 16:1 with 16:9 of the Biblica Sacra Vulgata Clementine 1592; 16 1 Et cum transisset sabbatum, Maria Magdalene, et Maria Jacobi, et Salome emerunt aromata ut venientes ungerent Jesum. 9 Surgens autem mane prima sabbati, apparuit primo Mariæ Magdalene, de qua ejecerat septem dæmonia. Two different time zones, "He is risen is one thing", using a "tardis" is another thing altogether. So verse 9-20 did not exist in the Codex Sinaiticus. Secondly, it was written in a style of 4th century Latin, or by someone who wrote Latin in a country that was never ruled by Rome thereby never having learned the difference between medieval and late Latin.
Marianne's Mark Chapter 16 comment on 3/19/2013, 5:35pm...
I accept Mark's instructions as being for the Apostles’ only regarding the snakes and poison. Wade's comment about women not being allowed to go to the grave on the Sabbath, the Sabbath was ended when they went there on Sunday morning. The Jewish Sabbath, then as now, started at sundown Friday evening and ended at sundown Saturday evening.
Elvis's Mark Chapter 16 comment on 3/06/2013, 7:20am...
We have two kinds of baptism:
1. Baptism of water (which is the first after people have received the word);
2. Baptism of the holy spirit. I want say it clear that all believers must be baptized of water and of holy spirit. If you are only baptized of water (that is not enough) read Acts 1:5, Acts 19:1-6, and Acts 2. Some people think by praying for themselves they can be baptized of the holy ghost, NO . One needs to be laid hands on the head by the apostles, then will he/she be baptized. As same applies when one person is baptized of water, no one goes to the river by himself and deep himself in water, then comes out and say I am baptized, no. But one needs an authorized person/pastor to deep him/her in water and get baptized. Also in baptism of the holy ghost, only the apostles today can baptize people of the holy spirit. AND MANY PEOPLE TODAY ARE BAPTIZED OF WATER, I Thank God for the baptism of the holy spirit offered to him by his apostles and I pray that all people could be baptized.
Wade's Mark Chapter 16 comment on 2/23/2013, 3:03am...
I think that Mark 16 ended at verse 8. The following verses are contradictory to the previous sentence that ended verse 8. The girls, the two Mary's, remained silent out of fear. They were right to be fearful for it was illegal for women to visit the tomb on the Sabbath. But the consequences of these inauthentic verses (9-20) have led to many misconceptions that have caused many deaths. The deaths of Christian snake handlers and poison drinkers who took the verses to be true on "faith", and paid the ultimate price for the Christian scribes that added these verses, to further their ends in proselytizing the would be converts to the Christian religion for their own personal agendas. If it's a known fact it's illegitimate than it should be stricken from all versions of the bible and the public, Christians or otherwise should receive an apology from the Catholic Church, and any other denomination that had anything to do with the treacherous forgery. DO NOT HANDLE DEADLY SNAKES OR INGEST POISONOUS CONCOCTIONS OF ANY KIND, WITH OR WITHOUT FAITH. That is my opinion and I am not alone.
Jay's Mark Chapter 16 comment on 12/28/2012, 1:11pm...
Verses 17-20 - A little lesson on finding scripture truth in the age of grace (church age) when reading and comprehending the gospels:
1. The apostle Paul is the apostle to the gentiles, church age Christians (Acts 9:15, Romans 11:13);
2. We must use Paul as our checks and balance to reach doctrinal truth for Christians in the church age, which means if a person is not sure about a verse knowing who the writer is (Jew) writing to Jews, Gentiles, or both and always what time (age )is the writer referring to;
3. We must always refer to what the Pauline epistles says about the subject in question;
4. In these verses, what Paul says aids us to come to the correct truth. "Signs are for the Jews (1 Corinthians 1:22);
5. In Mark 16:15 them=apostles and there are two separate commissions given:
a. Verse 16, the charge to go out and be a soul winner (great commission);
b. Verses 17 and 18, this commission is for apostles only (apostolic commission), how do we know this, because of the term signs are only for the Jews and no one else in the gospels ever was given the sign gifts except the Jewish disciples (apostles) and was given by Jesus himself not just the holy spirit.
6. So if you are a gentile believer and think you can handle deadly serpents and drink deadly things and not die. I can tell you of true accounts where gentile believers did these things and died. Because these gifts are for handpicked Jews by Jesus only and will not be seen again until the tribulation age when God is dealing with the Jews for the second time, to receive Jesus as their messiah. Gentiles seek wisdom=word of God (1 Corinthians 1:22), start 2 Timothy 2:15.
Irvin Williamson's Mark Chapter 16 comment about verse 17 on 12/16/2012, 12:51pm...
The Scripture says these SIGNS Shall follow them that “BELEIVE"! Not just the Disciples, BUT them that BELIEVE.
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