TODAY'S NEW LESSon
Mark's great "Parable of the Sower,"
straight from the Lips of Jesus, lists four types of soil on
which the seed night fall. The last, and most promising, is
categorized as "good," in Greek "kalos," meaning "excellent."
Word for word now, King James Version:
"And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang
up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some
sixty, and some an hundred." Mark 4:8
Where in the second Gospel do we see
a good representation of this kind of discipleship? Seems Mark's
whole plan focuses on this elongated Parable and its supporting
I believe this "useful, eminent,
beautiful" ground is most clearly depicted in Mark's final
chapter. There, the Resurrected Jesus, commissions His
Disciples. Men in Whom our Lord has invested nearly His whole
Are they by now "good soil?"
Will they bear fruit "multi-fold?"
Two verses come to mind. Purely
Markan in emphasis too.
Mark 16:15, the one of the most
succinct missionary verses in all the Bible, nearly so anyway.
"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the
world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark
16:16, sounds "good!"
Evangelism, soul-winning! The
initial stage of Discipleship training for sure. Preaching to
Did they obey?
Did success crown their efforts?
"And they went
forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them,
and confirming the word with signs following. Amen." Mark
16:20, the last verse in the Gospel!
That's what happens when preaching
occurs every where! When the Lord works with His Men, the Lord
in Heaven now, ascended to His Father's Right Hand! The Word of
God being constantly confirmed!
Yes, this is true Discipleship
according to the Lord Jesus in Mark.
Praise His Name!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
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