Mark 1:1 Commentary - Lightfoot Commentary GospelsThe beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God:
[The beginning of the gospel.] The preaching and baptism of John were the very gate and entrance into the state and dispensation of the gospel. For,
I. He opened the door of a new church by a new sacrament of admission into the church.
II. Pointing, as it were with the finger, at the Messias that was coming, he shewed the beginning of the world to come.
III. In that manner as the Jews by baptism admitted Gentile proselytes into the Jewish church, he admits both Jews and Gentiles into the gospel church.
IV. For the doctrine of justification by works, with which the schools of the scribes had defiled all religion, he brings in a new (and yet not a new) and truly saving doctrine of faith and repentance.
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Lightfoot Commentary Gospels
John Lightfoot was born in 1602 in England, the son of a clergyman. He was educated at Christ’s College at Cambridge. From there, he began studying Hebrew under Sir Rowland Cotton, and later became a member of the Westminster Assembly. In 1650, Lightfoot became master of St. Catherine Hall at Cambridge, and in 1654 became the vice-chancellor. Lightfoot died in 1675.