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Lesson # Mark 1:9-11
Study Material - Mark 1:9-11
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
9 And it came about in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him; 11 and a voice came out of the heavens: 'Thou art My beloved Son, in Thee I am well-pleased.'
In the days when John the Baptist was preaching in the desert, Jesus came out of obscurity and was baptized by John. Here in Mark, Jesus is depicted as the servant, and he submitted to the authority of the Father certainly, but He also submitted to the low level of mankind, in that He was baptized and in so became identified with sin and sinful man.
Jesus is the perfect mediator between God and man in that He is God and therefore equal with God, and He is man and therefore equal to mankind. Being the unique person of the universe, here Mark shows that He did not hesitate in His compliance with what was expected of Him.
From His moment of birth, when Satan was standing over Him ready to destroy the child, yet was unable to do so, because Christ had legions of angels at the ready to defend Him at all costs. Jesus, who is God, set aside His powers of deity when He became, in order to live as men do, be tempted as men are, and make it to the Cross the perfect sacrifice, unblemished and untainted, perfect in every way.
For 30 years He grew up as we all do. He could have come back to earth with a fiery sword and defeated Satan easily. He could have spoke and easily defeated Satan, but there is a plan for demonstrating Gods greater wisdom in creation, which Satan challenges at every turn. So God demonstrates that He can come into this world, and be supported by the Holy Spirit alone, and survive everything the world has to throw at us.
Adam was created perfect and failed. Eve was constructed perfect and failed. Jesus was born perfect and succeeded. Every other human in history has failed from their birth, yet we have at our disposal the power of God through the indwelling Holy Spirit to sustain us just as Jesus did.
He subordinated himself to God and to the plan of God, just as we should in our lives, by our daily study of His Word and through our continued spiritual growth as we learn doctrine and apply it to our daily lives. So Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist despite John's hesitance as mentioned in Matthew.
Then here Jesus saw the heavens open up. In Matthew, the heavens opened up 'to' Him whereas here He sees the heavens opening up. God, when He saved each one of us, provides us with new vision and sight allowing us to see the truth and orient to reality and life around us.
Coming out of the water represented victory over sin and death, both of which we have seen in the proverbs as being extremely powerful and evil and dangerous to our very existence. In Christ, when we believe in Him, we have an escape from its hold over us. We also have the mechanism available to us for the first time in our life, for learning spiritual truth, where as unbelievers we did not have this means of learning or even understanding Bible doctrine except academically. And there is no spiritual value in academic learning. An unbeliever can memorize the Bible and it will mean nothing to him, not will it benefit him in any way. But a believer who resides in fellowship has the human spirit regenerated inside him and that is the means for assimilating Bible doctrine and making it real and useful and nourishing to the soul.
The Holy Spirit descended on Jesus and there Jesus became the prototype for the believer in the Church Age. Just as He would depend on the Holy Spirit alone for His survival, so we too in this age depend entirely on the Holy Spirit. We cannot see Him nor feel Him, but our spiritual life depends on the work of the Holy Spirit and His ministry in each of us. He is the source of our power when we are in fellowship. He is the means of our receiving communication of Bible doctrine when we study and learn. He is the source of our spiritual strength and security as we live from day to day. Yet we do not pray to the Holy Spirit, not do we pray to Jesus Christ. All prayer is directed to the Father alone and no one else.
All communication comes from the Father, for He is the source of doctrine, He is the author of the plan, the author of doctrine. Just as Christ executes the details of the plan of God, and the Holy Spirit revels the details of Gods plan and doctrine.
God the Father signified His pleasure in Christ with His message of well pleasing acceptance to the person of Christ, Jesus Christ. God accepts those things that are from God only. God never accepts those things originating from man. We cannot save ourselves. God provides the means for that. We cannot attain the acceptance from God. God provides the means for that as well.
Jesus has been identified throughout the scriptures as the God of heaven, the creator of the universe, the only true God, and here he is identified by the Father Himself, and anointed and acknowledged by the Holy Spirit. These two witnesses who jointly acknowledged Jesus and identified Him as the unique person of the universe, the savior of mankind. Now it was for the people to see first hand and either accept Him or reject Him.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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