Mark 1:12

” 12Immediately, the Spirit impelled Him to go out into the wilderness.

Two words that are significant in this verse, immediately, and impelled, the first word “immediately” is used over 40 times in the Gospel of Mark, many commentaries call Mark, “the action” gospel where Jesus “immediately” does the work of the Father. Jesus gets things done, now, presently… immediately.

The word “impelled” in v12 the literal definition means driven,  “drive out with force” and is the same Greek word used when indicating the exorcism of an evil spirit. The word indicated the Holy Spirit “drove with force” Jesus to go into the wilderness, not guided, not led, BUT forced, drove, impelled Jesus into the wilderness.

Are we “impelled” by Gods Holy Spirit to “immediately” do Gods will or are we waiting to be “led” by the Lord and guided by “God”? Do we want to be “drove with force” by God to “immediately” do good works for the Kingdom? Let us seek to be driven by God into the wilderness of this world, and immediately do Gods work in the name of Jesus.

 

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Mark 1 : 11

“And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” ”

Jesus now thirty years old, and ready to start His public ministry, which He knows will end on the Cross. He has received the Holy Spirit without measure, and now receives  affirmation from the Father, You are my Son, I love you and I am pleased with you, all this before He has done a single miracle, preached one sermon or died on the Cross.

This is something we can remember; that in Christ we are children of God, He loves us, and with us He is well pleased. Apart from all the things we want to do, and will do for God, we are His children, He loves us, and with us He is well pleased.

As Christians we all know we are Gods children, and He loves us, but do we know He is well pleased with us?  Another translation of “well pleased” is “delights”. Do we know God delights in us, and deeply enjoys His fellowship with us?  We all know God loves us, but do we know God likes us, and relishes our company? Psalm 149 : 4

God is our friend (John 15 : 15), our brother (Heb. 2 : 11),  Our Father who delights in us, and He is well pleased.  Blessings.

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Mark 1 : 9-10

9At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.

This account of Jesus being baptized in the Holy Spirit is “synoptic”, meaning it is in all four Gospels. The consensus is, if something is in all four Gospels God wants us to take note of these particular Scriptures.

I believe this event was given such prominence to remind us that Jesus the Son Of God, the second person of the Trinity, needed to be baptized in the Holy Spirit.  Why does God need to baptized into God? This fact reveals two truths, one: this establishes the Godhead of three separate persons in one God, two:  the believer needs to be baptized into Christ , or born again, and then baptized into the Holy Spirit, two separate events.

Okay, the three person Godhead is readily accepted by orthodox people, but the two experiences of born again and then baptized into the Holy Spirit is a contentious teaching. I hope I can clear up this issue. One thing I noticed no matter how clear I explain this, most people dont or wont accept the clear teaching of Scripture if they have already made up their minds, but here it goes.

Scripture says in Romans 10:9, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”  We see here if we believe  God raised Jesus from the dead we are saved or born again. Where in Scripture can we see this in action, when people believed Jesus rose from the dead, and then subsequently where filled with the Holy Spirit?

Paul, the Apostle, on the way to Damascus Acts 9; 1-16, 17, was confronted by the the risen Lord then he was blind for three days, and we see in vs. 17 Ananias says, Paul would be “filled with the Holy Spirit”. Notice the order of event, Paul met the risen Jesus on the road, and three days later was “filled with the Holy Spirit”, born again, and then filled with the Holy Spirit, two separate events.

We see, in Acts 1:1, that after first seeing Jesus risen from the dead our Lord gave the disciples instructions to go to Jerusalem, and to wait for the baptism in the Holy Spirit, then in Acts 2 we see the fulfillment of that promise with the disciples subsequently  being baptized into the Holy Spirit, again born again and then filled with the Holy Spirit, two separate events.

The most common argument to this is teaching is, “that was then this is now.” How annoying is this to any one who loves Gods Word. These same people say, “we believe every jot and tittle”, but when confronted with something that requires faith in Scripture, and a present, living, active God they say, “that was then this is now”. Sad.

Another common objection is to get theological,  “the greek nominative delcension in this verb form means, “I dont want to lose my sweet cushy denominational position, thank you very much.” One major denomination that agrees with this plain interpretation of Scripture is the Assemblies of God, however they dont “push it.” Why rock the boat by standing up for the truth?

Many people say, “Are you telling me I DONT have the Holy Spirit!”  The short answer is NO, that is not what I am saying. The trinity is three persons in one, when you are born again, you are baptized into Christ,and you have , God the Word (Jesus), you have God the Father, and God the Holy Spirit, because God is One, but you need to be baptized, as Jesus was, in the separate third  person of God the Holy Spirit.

This teaching affirms the Trinity, and explains why Jesus needed to be baptized in the Holy Spirit to be empowered for His ministry. It also confirms the dual deity, and humanity of Christ, because just as we humans need to “baptized” into the Holy Spirit so did Christ, BUT he is also God.

This is an important teaching and needs to be studied and applied to every Christian life. Are you born again and wondering that there must be more? This is your answer, the power from on high that empowered the early believers, and even our Lord himself, is  available for us today, just ask.  “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”  Luke  11:13

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mark 1 : 5-8

5The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him (John the Baptist)). Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 6John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8I baptize you withe water, but he will baptize you withf the Holy Spirit.”

In spite of his lack of fashion sense, we read in v. 5, that John had a booming ministry, and “everyone” was coming to John to be baptized . What was his response to his celebrity status?  We read in v. 7 he points to Jesus, and preaches He is the powerful one, He is the worthy one, He baptizes and saves by the Holy Spirit.

Many “celebrity” Pastors of this day say He, but mean Me.  They are on TV,  writing the books, preaching to millions, and have much better fashion sense than John, but they dont have the humility of John and are not, as John was, willing to be executed for their message. Let us be like John the Baptist and say, “He must become greater I must become less. (John 3:30) and “love not our lives unto death” (Rev. 12:11)

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Mark 1: 4b

“preaching the baptism of repentance”

If you do any study on Baptism in water you will see there are many opinions, doctrines and denominational separations concerning Baptism, what it means, when it should be done, etc.  Smarter guys than me, who know the original languages, can go at this for centuries, which they have. Amazingly man can take such a simple, beautiful act and turn it into a reason to hate, even to kill, which they have.

This solemn act which originated with John the Baptist, continued with Jesus, and into the early church, is one of the Sacraments that the Lord left us, the other being the Lords Supper and some say “the washing of feet”, which is for another day. Considering the Sacrament of Baptism in water was practiced by our Lord Jesus, who was baptized by John the Baptist, I think all Christians can agree we should be baptized in water. How, why, when, where, by who, in whos name are up for debate, except whatever “YOU” choose to do make sure it is with solemnity and reverence for the one who sanctifies you,  who is Jesus Christ.

Whatever “YOU” choose concerning Baptism understand the same way Paul exhorts us to examine our hearts when we participate in the Lords Supper, we should also examine our hearts before Baptism and not tread lightly where angels can not tread. Amazingly you can not be ambiguous enough when teaching on this subject without stepping on some theological toes, as I said before at least all Christians agree we should be baptized in water, so what are you waiting?

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Mark 1:4b

“John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching the baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.”

Repentance, a basic doctrine of the Christian faith, but what does it mean? The Greek word for repentance “metanoeó” means to change ones mind or purpose, and the interpretation of scholars means to change ones mind about our direction or path, to turn away from sin. A better interpretation of the meaning of repentance is found in the Hebrew word “teshuvah” which means return to, or be restored to a former condition.  In Romans we see Paul describing this results of Christ restoring what Adam lost in Romans 5:17-19

“17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!

18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.”

Christ has restored what was lost, that is fellowship and friendship with God, we can now walk with God, as Adam did before the fall, without shame, condemnation and death. The final restoration will be completed in Revelations 21 : 1-5

“21 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”[a] for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[b] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

The results of being “teshuvah”, restored, made new, born again, made Sons of God, as the original Adam, by Christ, for Christ and through Christ is ” “metanoeó” a turning away from, changing of mind about sin, we are restored, made one with God in Christ, no longer slaves to sin, but slaves to righteousness, so we can serve righteousness not sin.  The results of our restoration in Christ is walking as Christ, pleasing God. May we live our lives pleasing to God in Christ Jesus.

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Mark 1:4a

1:4a “John (the Baptist) appeared in the wilderness…

As we have seen in the previous verses John the Baptist did not just “appear” in the wilderness, he was called by God, and the prophet Isaiah prophesied of his “appearance” hundreds of years prior to his ministry, Jesus said of John, “that no one born among women was greater than John the Baptist, but those least in the Kingdom of Heaven are greater than him.” (Matt. 11:11) What??? The least of “Christians” are greater than one of the greatest “natural” men who have ever lived!!!

You mean me? Yeh, you, and all those washed in the blood and born of the Spirit, who are called sons and daughters of the Most High are greater than every “natural” man who ever lived!!! If that doesnt put a little swagger in your spiritual walk nothing will.

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