A True believer and Drinking Deadly poison | What does test of Mark 16:14-18 mean?
Mark 16:14-18 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.
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel
to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved;
but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall
follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they
shall speak with new tongues; 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.
These verses include what is called the "Great Commission". In a way these verses give the context to the Great Commission.
One might see this as associated with the immanent kingdom. Israel was promised a new covenant.
Jeremiah 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will
make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of
Jesus came to offer this kingdom, but Israel did not accept it. One might say that Israel had the opportunity from the announcement by the angels of the birth of Jesus until the destruction of the temple 70 years later. During this time the signs of speaking in tongues, laying on of hands to heal the sick, immunity from snake bite, and casting out devils was demonstrated.
When a faithful remnant of Israel does finally receive the kingdom, we should expect to see all of these signs demonstrated by all who believe.
Paul looked forward to this time.
Romans 11:15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of
the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the
We get a hint of some of the changes that the kingdom will bring about.
Isaiah 2:4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke
many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and
their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against
nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
Isaiah 65:20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an
old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an
hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be
Nature less hostile
Isaiah 11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard
shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the
fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.