What Part Do You Not Understand?

by J. Randal Matheny, editor
thinking_man.pngMy friend Mike is an elder who visited us last year with his wife Mary. After he got tired of the carnality of his barbecue signature to sign off his emails, he decided to get spiritual.
So now his email signatures ask, “What part of Mark 16:16 do you not understand?”
For those who don’t recognize the verse, here it is in the NET version: “The one who believes and is baptized will be saved, but the one who does not believe will be condemned.”
Besides showing his customary sense of humor, this man of God pokes the email recipient to consider the truth of the verse about the necessity of obedience.
Mike also reminds us that the gospel of Christ is simple, understandable and practical. A person has to work at not understanding such a clear statement.
Now, we can borrow Mike’s phrase and apply it to ourselves.
What part of the Great Commission do you not understand?
The Great Commission is more than the last words of Jesus at the end of the gospels, it is his mission through us.
But for those who may not recognize any of the words of what is today called the Great Commission, here is Mark’s version of it, in verse 15, immediately before Mike’s verse, again in the NET Bible: “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.'”
Verse 15 is as plain as verse 16. So why do we sluff it off on preachers and missionaries to get the job done?
We get exasperated at people for resisting the truth of verse 16 and not obeying. So d’ya suppose the Lord gets exasperated when his people resist the truth of verse 15 and disobey by failing to fulfill it?
It is urgent that we evangelize. The Lord gave us this task. It is our life. We are all responsible for preaching the gospel.

4 Replies to “What Part Do You Not Understand?”

  1. Yesterday I learned that a good friend had died unexpectedly. I had been speaking to him just two days earlier. He knew of my Christian conviction and faith, but I do not know where he stood with God. I should have done. I should have made sure that he at least knew the message of Salvation. I did not. God forgive me. Look to your own family, then friends, then ANYONE else who you have the opportunity to share with. Do not be like me. I failed my friend. Please do not fail yours.

  2. Regrettably many brethren have difficulty understanding Mark 16:15 for the same reason the world has difficulty understanding verse 16. They don’t want to very much.

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