Bible Studies/mark 15:18-19


How do you interpret Mark 16:18-19. It says all these gifts will be given to all who believe. I'm confused.

My apology for the delayed response.

It appears that the passage you want starts in Mark 16:17 where it says (through verse 19):
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. So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.

This passage is Christ's commissioning to His disciples.  It does not say that ALL who believe will have these powers but that these signs will follow those who believe.  Indeed, we see later, particularly in the book of Acts, that these signs were seen by some who believed.  These signs were promised to the apostles, not to all believers in all ages (see 1 Corinthians 12:29-30).

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Using the Bible as my primary source and references in support of it, I am willing to answer questions on subjects from the Old and New Testaments. My faith is based on biblical Christianity and fundamental views from the Bible. I cannot answer questions about specific sects or religious organizations nor can I address religions outside biblical Christianity. As a Christian for over 40 years, I have studied many aspects of the Christian faith. My particular interests are in creation and the natural processes of the world around us and how they fit with the biblical record. I believe that all Scripture is inspired by God. I believe that there are no contradictions in the Bible and that the Bible is complete in telling us as individuals how we should relate to God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit; our purpose on earth; and how we should live. Greek lauguage study has helped me gain additional insight into the New Testament but most of my reference work is done in English and, to a lesser degree, German.


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