The signs that follow believers

Matthew Bible Background

03.17.2017 – New Testament: Mark 16.17–18

To read the Bible in a year, read Mark 16 on March 17, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Jesus told the eleven apostles (Judas had not yet been replaced), to go into the world and preach the Gospel, whoever believed that message and submitted to baptism He would save. Concerning the believers, Jesus then said,

“And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover” (Mark 16.17–18).

Most people read the first several words as, “And all believers shall do these signs,” but Jesus did not say that, no in one way or another those miracles would be associated with those who believe, because miracles testify to the truthfulness of the claims of the Gospel.

Therefore, we today believe what the Bible says, because it has been backed up by the miracles that Jesus, prophets, and apostles have done.

Questions:

  • Do biblical miracles help you to see the truth of what the Bible says?
  • What miracle in the Bible impresses you the most?

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