Then he said, "Go into the world. Go everywhere and announce the Message of God's good news to one and all.
Whoever believes and is baptized is saved; whoever refuses to believe is damned.
"These are some of the signs that will accompany believers: They will throw out demons in my name, they will speak in new tongues,
they will take snakes in their hands, they will drink poison and not be hurt, they will lay hands on the sick and make them well."
Then the Master Jesus, after briefing them, was taken up to heaven, and he sat down beside God in the place of honor.
And the disciples went everywhere preaching, the Master working right with them, validating the Message with indisputable evidence.]
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)