Anecdotally, I see Matthew expressing The 10 Essential Elements of The Real New Testament Message. Does Mark? Reading Mark, chapters 1 thru 4, let’s begin to look. In chapter 1, Mark opens by saying he is writing about #5, the Gospel of #4, the Savior, Jesus Christ. Only 3 verses later, with 1:4+5, we are to understand that this #5, Gospel and #4, Savior relate to the concepts of #6, repentance and #2, our sins. With 1:8, we are told that these should result in Jesus baptizing one with the Holy Spirit, which is #8, the New Birth. In 1:15, Jesus’ message, at the beginning, was identical to John’s, in calling for #6, repentance and #7, believing, that one might enter into #10, the Kingdom.
With chapter 2, we again see the matter of #7, faith in Jesus, in verse 5, and how that it is related to the forgiveness of #2, sins. With verses 8+10, we see how that Jesus is #4, the Savior, truly capable of forgiving one’s #2, sins! From verse 17, we can see clearly that the distinction is made between those who are, or possess #1, righteousness, and those who are #2, sinners. We’re even given a glimpse into one aspect of #9, the New Life, specifically fasting, with 2:18 thru 22; as the matter of the cloth and wineskins in verses 21 and 22 is precisely to explain that He was referring to #9, the New Life; using ‘new’ 4 times.
From chapter 3, the distinction is made in verse 4 between doing #1, good or #2, evil. The matter of #7, believe is seen in verses 20+21, with 31 thru 34, specifically showing us how that early on, His own family, beginning with Mary His mother, did not #7, believe in Him! And, all that we know of ‘doing God’s will,’ as stated by Jesus in verse 35, is to #6, repent, and #7, believe the Good News.
Concluding with chapter 4, we see Jesus speaking of #10, the Kingdom all throughout, in 4:10-20, 26-29 and 30 thru 32. In these, from verse 12, we see that His purpose in telling these is that His hearers might #6, turn or repent, so as to experience #8, the New Birth through the forgiveness of their sins. The element of #7, belief is what is meant by His use of the two words receive and accept, in verses 16+20, as the parable of the sower is all about believing the Word of God. The mention of #7, faith is explicitly used in 4:40. And, we can even find an element of #9, the New Life, with Jesus’ teaching concerning discernment in verses 24 and 25. Early on, it appears that Mark also teaches that there are 10 Essential Elements to The Real New Testament Message. Would you agree? It appears to be what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell