Mark 6:7 And He called the twelve to Him and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over the unclean spirits; 10 And He said to them, Wherever you enter into a house, there remain until you depart from that place. 11 And whatever place does not receive you nor hear you, as you go out from there, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. 12 And they went forth and proclaimed [preach] that men should repent, 13 And they cast out many demons and anointed many of the sick with oil and healed them. 30 And the apostles gathered together to Jesus and reported to Him all that they did and all that they taught.
In 6:7-13 we have the sending out of the twelve to preach. Here we see that the twelve were sent out to do three things: preach, cast out demons, and anoint the sick and heal them. As we consider the three things the twelve were sent forth to do, we shall realize that they correspond to the three matters of preaching the gospel, presenting the truth, and ministering life. …we need to see the connection between the casting out of demons and the presenting of the truth. Suppose you say to a person, "You are possessed by demons, and I have come to cast out these demons." If you talk like this, no one will listen to you. In principle, the best way to cast out demons today is to present the truth from the Word of God. If you are talking with an unbeliever, you may present the truth concerning the Person and work of Christ. If you are speaking with a Christian, you may present to him a particular truth concerning the Christian life. For example, you may present the truth of transformation. In presenting this truth, you may say, "Let us read together 2 Corinthians 3:18." Then read this verse: "We all with unveiled face, beholding and reflecting as a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord Spirit." After reading this verse, you may share a brief word in which you present the truth of transformation. Surely a genuine, seeking Christian will be attracted by the presentation of such a truth. To present the truth is to cast out demons. Today's society is filled with demons. These demons can be compared to germs. We need to present the truth as the medication to stop the spread of the "germs" of the demons. We can testify that every truth that the Lord has shown us from the Word is a useful medicine to kill these germs. Now in a proper way we need to go forth to present these biblical truths to others. (c) Living Stream Ministry.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Mark, pp. 166-168. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: email@example.com.
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