The Deity of Christ in Mark 1:1-3

The false Jesus of "low" Christology advocates.

The false Jesus of “low” Christology advocates.

The commonly accepted anti-Christian view of the Gospel is as follows:

“Mark wrote the first Gospel and, therefore, presents us with a “low” Christology; but as time progressed, legends grew around Jesus and so John made him a God.”

This is, no doubt, a simplification, but it is not an inaccurate simplification. I’ve simply removed the thickets of evidentiary brush behind which the scholars hide their intentional attack on the Lord who will judge them when He returns on the clouds with glory (cf. Mark 14:62). Seeing the massive tomes written by these scholars can be disheartening, so it is best to read Scripture closely and see how they have erred in their reading of Scripture. Their errors are typically revealed by simply reading the text/s in question contextually.

Does Mark’s Gospel present a “low” view of Jesus (i.e. a “low” Christology) as opposed to the other synoptic authors and the Gospel of John?

Absolutely not.

Mark 1:1-3

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

As it is written in the prophets, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way, the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight’”

Who is Jesus?

He is the subject of the Gospel. And the Gospel is the subject of the entirety of the Scriptures. From Genesis 3:15, where God promises to crush the head of the serpent by the heel of the Seed of the woman, to Isaiah 40:3 (the earliest major prophet, from whom Mark quotes), and down to Malachi 3:1 (the last of the minor prophets), the subject of God’s Word is His righteousness as displayed in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus.

He is the Christ. And the Christ is the One whom the people of God awaited eagerly. The long-awaited Son of Abraham, who is also the Desire of all nations. The Prophet like Moses, raised up from among His brothers, who perfectly spoke the Word of God, and to whose Word all obedience is due. And yet He is “counted worthy of more glory than Moses— […] [For] Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son…” (Heb 3:3-6)

Jesus Christ is the only Begotten Son of God; the King whom God has set up on Mount Zion to possess the nations, the ends of the earth, as His inheritance. He rules and reigns, and will break His enemies with a rod of iron, shattering them to pieces. He is to be served with fear and rejoiced over with trembling, as Ps 2 tells us. For, we are told, in Him there is refuge from the wrath of God. There is mercy toward all who look to Him for salvation. He freely gives the waters of life to any who ask – bestowing on them the blessedness of peace with God.

These words are very clear: The Gospel is concerned with Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the living God. Yet God reveals His Son to us with even more clarity, teachings us that prior to our Lord’s incarnation, the Son of God was spoken to by God the Father. Malachi 3:1, which Mark is quoting in verse 2, reveals the Father speaking to the Son about John the Baptist’s preparatory preaching ministry. The Father and the Son are hereby shown to be in communion prior to the Son’s incarnation; and this implies that Christ is eternal with the Father.

And even more explicitly, we hear our God and Father identify Jesus Christ His Son as “Lord” in Mark 1:3. The word “Lord” in the original passage of Isaiah from which Mark is quoting (viz, Isa 40:3) is literally “Yahweh,” the I AM who is, was, and is to come, from everlasting to everlasting, the God of gods, King of kings, and Lord of lords

This is no “low” Christology.
Soli Deo Gloria!

2 thoughts on “The Deity of Christ in Mark 1:1-3

    • hiram says:

      Thanks, Jim.

      Yeah, it’s astonishing to see how blinded by sin the secular scholars are. I wasn’t even looking to defend the Deity of our Lord, but simply reading the text in preparation for a sermon.

      Just another reminder of man’s inability to know the things of God apart from the Spirit’s work of regeneration and illumination.



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