(From: MARK #28 - 16:9-20)
VI. 16:9-20 TWO-FOLD FULFILLMENT OF GREAT COMMISSION
A. 16:9-18 RELATIONSHIP OF RESURRECTION, COMMISSION & CONFIRMATION
a. 16:9 CHRIST APPEARS TO MARY MAGDALENE
A-naSTAS de proI PROtesabBAtou, ePHAne
Now when he was risen early on the first of theweek, he appeared
PROton MaRIa teMag-da-leNE, par' hes ek-beBLEkei hepTA daiMOni-a.
first to Mary :Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons.
b. 16:10 SHE went and reported to them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.
eKEIne po-reuTHEIsa aPEGgei-len  tois met' auTOU ge-noMEnois, penTHOUsi  kai KLAIou-sin.
c. 16:11 And THEY, when they heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, disbelieved.
ka' 'KEInoi, aKOUsan-tes HOti ze, kai e-theAthehup' auTES, ePIste-san .
d. 16:12 RESURRECTION APPEARANCE TO EMMAUS TWO
MeTA de TAUta duSIN ex auTON pe-ri-paTOUsin e-pha-neROthe
And after these things he was manifested in another form
en heTEra morPHE,po-reu-oMEnois eis aGRON.
to two of them walking, as they were proceeding into the country.
e. 16:13 And THEY went away andreported to the rest: neither believed they them.
ka' 'KEInoi a-pelTHONtes aPEGgei-lan tois loiPOIS: ouDE eKEInois ePIsteu-san.
f. 16:14 JESUS APPEARS AND REBUKES THE ELEVEN
HUste-ron de a-na-keiMEnois auTOIS tois HENde-ka e-pha-neROthe;
And afterward he was manifested to the eleven themselves as they sat at meat;
kai oNEIdi-sen ten a-piSTIan auTON kai skle-ro-karDIan ,
and he rebuked their :unbelief and hardness of heart,
HOti tois the-a-saMEnois auTON e-ge-gerMEnon ek neKRON ouk aPIsteu-san.
because they believed not them that had seen him risen from the dead.
g. 16:15 And he said to them, Go into all the world, andpreach the gospel to the whole creation.
kai EIpen auTOIS, Po-reuTHENtes eis ton KOSmon HApan-ta, keRUxa-te to eu-agGEli-on PAsete KTIsei.
h. 16:16 Who has believed and is baptized shall be saved; but who has disbelieved shall be condemned.
ho piSTEUsas kai bap-tisTHEIS  soTHEse-tai; ho de a-piSTEsas ka-ta-kriTHEse-tai .
i. 16:17-18 CONFIRMATION OF SALVATION
seMEIa de tois piSTEUsa-sin a-ko-louTHEsei TAUta:
And these signs shall follow them that have believed:
en tooNOmaTI mou daiMOni-a ek-baLOUsin , GLOSsais laLEsou-sin;
in my :name shall they cast out demons, speak with tongues;
kai en tais cherSIN Opheis  aROUsin ,
18and in theirhands they shall take up serpents,
ka' 'n thaNAsiMON  ti PIo-sin , ou me auTOUS blaPSE;
and if they drink anything deadly, it shall in no wise hurt them;
ePI arROstous CHEIras e-piTHEsou-sin , kai kaLOS Exou-sin .
they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
B. 16:19-20 ASCENSION AND CONFIRMATION
a. 16:19 THE ASCENSION OF JESUS
Ho men oun KUri-os IeSOUS, meTA to laLEsai auTOIS,
So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them,
a-neLEMPHthe eis ton ou-raNON, kai eKAthi-sen ek de-xiON tou TheOU.
was taken up into :heaven, and sat down at the right hand of :God.
b. 16:20 THE CONFIRMATION OF JESUS
eKEInoi de e-xelTHONtes, eKEru-xan pan-taCHOU, tou KuRIou su-nerGOUNtos ,
And THEY went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them,
and confirming the word by the signs that followed.
NOTE: The last 12 verses of Mark are considered by the majority of Textual Critics as the most controversial verses in the entire New Testament. There are 7 major Greek Manuscript copies of almost all of the New Testament, and a number omit this portion. There are 1000's of fragments, and some of these omit them. Out of the scores of New Testament translations, many translators either omit them, or put them in small print with notes putting their veracity in jeopardy. The truths however found in these 12 verses, can be confirmed in other portions of the New Testament. The truths are notin doubt.
But - God's Bible Numerics as discovered in the 17 hundreds by French medical doctor Jean Astruc, and others; and confirmed and developed by Russian Ivan Panin; leaves little doubt that if any portion of the New Testament could be omitted, these 12 verses would be the very lastto go. The Commission of Jesus to disciples here is exactly the type of ministry Jesus Himself performed in His 3 years of ministry. Look how the Jewish leaders feared Jesus' confirmedministry! Think how much more Satan did. And the latter certainly did not wish Jesus' disciples to continue in the confirmed wordtype of ministry that their Master had demonstrated!
Little wonder then that Satan has raised up through Modernistic and Documentary Hypothesis type of teachers - the unceasing opposition to the genuineness of Mark 16:9-16.
Panin wrote a whole book on the last 12 verses of Mark - numerically examined. More numeric features have been placed here by God 2000 years ago - than any other portion of the New Testament!
Notice also the emphasis on baptism in 16:16. “Who has believed and is baptizedshall be saved.”Baptism in the early church was always for believers, following the “Peter Package” of Acts 2:38 - “Repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christunto remission of sins; andyou shall receivethe gift, the do-reA of the Holy Spirit - the artesian well of John 4:10, the rivers experience of John 7:37-39.” Noticethe order: (1) repentance - (2) baptism - (3) the gift of the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands. Is this ordernormally followed today? I think not. But Peter led it in; Philip followed in John 8 with the Samaritans and the Ethiopian eunuch; Ananias did with Paul in Acts 9; Peter did with Cornelius in Acts 10 & 11; Paul did with the Philippian jailer in Acts 16; and Paul did with the Ephesian believers in Acts 19:1-6.
Could it be that the weakness of our American church - and lack of power and holiness - could be because of a failure to practice Acts 2:38 and Mark 16:9-20? J.A.W.