Sunday, March 12, 2017

CAN YOU TRUST MARK 16:9-20?: SCS 108

Sunday, March 12, 2017, Stoney Creek Sermonette: Number 108

PRAYER for Today:
Matthew 6:9-13 King James Version (KJV)
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.



Mark 16:9-20 English Standard Version (ESV)

[Some of the earliest manuscripts do not include 16:9–20.][a]

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

9 [[Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. 11 But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.

Jesus Appears to Two Disciples

12 After these things he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. 13 And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.

The Great Commission

14 Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. 15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.]]


  1. Mark 16:9 Some manuscripts end the book with 16:8; others include verses 9–20 immediately after verse 8. At least one manuscript inserts additional material after verse 14; some manuscripts include after verse 8 the following: But they reported briefly to Peter and those with him all that they had been told. And after this, Jesus himself sent out by means of them, from east to west, the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation. These manuscripts then continue with verses 9–20

SERMON for Today:

You cannot rely on your study Bible to get everything right.  As you can see above the ESV would lead you to believe you cannot trust the last verses of the last chapter of Mark’s Gospel.  The best way I know of deciding if it is true is seeing if it matches with the rest of the accounts in the New Testament.  The following comparison leaves no doubt in my mind that Mark 16: 9-20 can be trusted.

Quoted from

“For readability sake, I quoted the Mark verses in bold, and below I explain how I feel those statements were backed up elsewhere in scripture.
Verse 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.
John 20:1-13 tells us that Mary Magdalene was the first one that Jesus appeared to after rising from the dead.
Verse 10) And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.
John 20:18 tells us that she went and told the rest of the disciples.
Verse 11) And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.
Luke 24:11 tells us that the rest of disciples didn't believe her when she told them that the Lord has risen.
Verse 12) After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country.
Luke 24:13-15 tells us that two of them were walking along talking, when suddenly Jesus appeared to them.
Verse 13) And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them.
Luke 24:35-38 tells us how the rest of them didn't really believe that Jesus appeared to the two.
Verse 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.
Luke 24:35-41 tells us how He appeared to the 11 of them, and got onto them for their unbelief.
Verse 15) And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Matthew 18:19, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."
Verse 16) He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
John 3:18 tells us that he who believes will not be condemned, but he who doesn't believe will be condemned. Acts 2:38 tells us to repent and be baptized for the remission of our sins. Notice that this verse in Mark doesn't say that if you aren't baptized, you won't be saved. It simply puts baptism along side believing, both of which are preached elsewhere in scripture. I believe the believing part is what makes a person saved, and the baptism part is preached elsewhere in scripture as a recommendation for new converts.
Romans 10:9-10 also teaches something 'beyond belief' for salvation: "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." I believe this is where the sinner's prayer comes in, because it gives the person that opportunity to confess with their mouth the Lord Jesus.
Many other verses in the early church preach and practice water baptism. Water baptism (baptism unto repentance) is preached in Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16 and Acts 10:48, and it was practiced in the early church in Acts 19:5, Acts 18:8, Acts 16:15, Acts 16:33, Acts 9:18, Acts 8:38, Acts 8:12-13 and Acts 2:41.
Verse 17) And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
Believers casting out devils is backed up by John 14:12, when Jesus said that those who believe will do the works He did (and casting out devils was a big part of what He did). I believe Jude 1:20 helps back up the part on tongues when it tells believers to be building themselves up by praying in the Holy Ghost. Praying in the Spirit and tongues is clearly linked in 1 Corinthians 14:14-15.
Verse 18) They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
The first part, about taking up serpents, etc. is either referring to spiritual protection, or physical protection... or maybe both!
Physical protection can be backed up with Acts 28:3-6, when Paul got bitten by a deadly viper, and it did not harm him at all.
Spiritual protection could be backed up with Luke 10:19, where Jesus told His disciples that they will tread on serpents and scorpions and nothing by any means will harm them.
Healing the sick is one of the works that Jesus did, and said that we would do the works He did and greater in John 14:12.
Verse 19) So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
He ascended into heaven after speaking to them also took place in Luke 24:51. Acts 2:33 tells us that Jesus went and sat at the right hand of God.
Verse 20) And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
Hebrews 2:4 speaks of God confirming the Word with signs and wonders.”

CAN YOU TRUST MARK 16:9-20? Yes.

May God Bless You and Walk Beside You This Week. Amen

© Ed Cooper, March 12, 2017, Stoney Creek, Tennessee, Appalachia  
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(Ed Cooper is Director of Project Dream Again and an ordained minister in the Christian Church/Churches of Christ.  He lives with his wife Patty in the mountains of East Tennessee.)

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