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Ascension of Our Lord

Geneva Notes/ Commentary on Mark 16:14-20

From the Geneva Notes

Mr 16:14
16:14 {c} 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.

(c) The evangelist did not consider the chronological
sequence of events, but rather what took place, which
he divided into three parts: The first shows how he
appeared to the women, the second to his disciples,
the third to his apostles, and therefore he says

Mr 16:15
16:15 {3} And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and
preach the gospel to {d} every creature.

(3) The apostles are appointed, and their office is limited to
them, which is to preach that which they heard from him,
and to minister the sacraments which Christ has instituted,
having in addition to this the power to do miracles.
(d) Not to the Jews only, nor in Judea only, but to all men
and everywhere: and so must all the apostles do.

Mr 16:17
16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name
shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with {e} new

(e) Strange tongues, ones which they did not know before.

Mr 16:19
16:19 {4} So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was
received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

(4) Christ, having accomplished his office on earth, ascends
into heaven, from where (the doctrine of his apostles being
confirmed with signs) he will govern his Church, until the
world's end.

Mr 16:20
16:20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord
working with [them], and confirming {f} the word with
signs following. Amen.

(f) That is, the doctrine: therefore doctrine must go
before and signs must follow after.

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