Mark 16:17 – Signs Performed in Jesus’ Name?

These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new languages. — Mark 16:17.

Unless noted otherwise, all scripture quotations are from the World English Bible version.

Most Bible Students deem the above words to spurious. There is no record either in the Bible or outside of the Bible that all believers performed the things listed. We certainly do not see all who believe today performing these signs. Thus, if Jesus did speak these words, he must have been saying that not every one of those who believe will perform these signs, but that, in a general way, these signs would accompany those who believe. Nor is there evidence that they extended beyond the apostles’ days and the time of the miraculous gifts as were given to some of the believers in the first century.

Nevertheless, the oldest and most authentic Greek manuscripts (the Sinaitic and Vatican MSS.) do not contain these verses at all, but end at verse 8. Many argue, however, that the words are genuine.

Assuming that Jesus did say the above words, we have been asked as to why these signs were to be done in Jesus’ name rather than in the name of Yahweh. The reason for the question is that it is being assumed that Jesus is Yahweh, and to do these in the name of Jesus is therefore in the name of Yahweh.

In reality, whatever we do in the name of Jesus is indeed the same as doing in the name of Yahweh, but not because Jesus is Yahweh. Jesus himself was sent by Yahweh, and Jesus came in the name of Yahweh, his God and Father, and thus, Jesus represented the only true God who had sent him. Jesus declared his God, and Yahweh spoke His Words through the mouth of His prophet, Jesus.  — Deuteronomy 18:15-19; Isaiah 61:1,2; Matthew 22:32; 23:39; Mark 11:9,10; 12:26; Luke 13:35; 20:37; John 1:18; 3:2,17,32-35; 4:34; 5:19,30,36,43; 6:57; 7:16,28; 8:26,28,38; 10:25; 12:49,50; 14:10; 15:15; 17:8,26; 20:17; Acts 2:22,34-36; 3:13-26; 5:30; Romans 15:6; 2 Corinthians 1:3; 8:6; 11:31; Colossians 1:3,15; 2:9-12; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:1.

As the representative of the only true God, we are told to honor Jesus just as we would honor the One who sent Jesus; this does not mean that the one sent by Yahweh possesses the glory of being the Most High. — John 5:23.

The only true God has given to Jesus all needed authority and power so Jesus, especially since his exaltation, carries all things for his God and Father. (Psalm 2:6-8; 45:7; 110:1,2; Isaiah 9:6,7; 11:2; 42:1; 61:1-3; Jeremiah 23:5; Daniel 7:13,14; Matthew 12:28; 28:18; Luke 1:32; 4:14,18; 5:17; John 3:34; 5:19,27,30; 10:18,36-38; Acts 2:22; 10:38; Romans 1:1-4; 1 Corinthians 15:27; 2 Corinthians 13:4; Colossians 1:15,16; 2:10; Ephesians 1:17-22; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:2,4,6,9; 1 Peter 3:22) In all that has been given to Jesus, however, the glory of being the Most High is excluded. — 1 Corinthians 15:27.

However, since Yahweh has sent Jesus, and since Yahweh has given all to Jesus, then it is appropriate that believers do all in the name of Jesus who was sent by Yahweh, for the same reasons that the sons of God should pray in the name of Jesus. None of this, however, means that Jesus is the Most High who has given all authority to Jesus.

See the studies:
John 15:16 – Why Pray in the Name of Jesus?
Acts 4:12 – The Only Name Given By Which We Are Saved
Colossians 3:17 – All In the Name of Lord Jesus
Matthew 28:18 & All Power

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