Repent and Believe

Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God.  And Saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

Mark 1:14-15

John was put into prison, and Jesus came behind him, preaching “the gospel of the kingdom of God.”  What was this “gospel of the kingdom of God?”  This is what He preached: “repent ye, and believe the gospel.”  I think that is a pretty good summary of the gospel of the kingdom of God.  In fact, I know it’s a good summary because Jesus is the one Who gave it.

“Repent ye.”  Repentance is a turning or a changing of the mind.  The one in the Bible Who repents most is God Himself.  He repented often in the Old Testament.  He changed His mind and, thus, changed His course of action.  That is what we do when we repent at salvation.  We turn to the Lord.  We change our mind about the Lord and about ourselves.  This change of mind brings about a change in our direction.

“Believe the gospel.”  What is the gospel?  The gospel according to I Corinthians 15:3-4 is the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.  That is what we have to believe.  We have to believe that Jesus died for us, was buried and rose again the third day.  We simply believe what God said in His Word.

Jesus came after John preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, which was repentance and faith in the gospel.  That is exactly what we should be preaching today to everyone who will listen.  Jesus did it in His day and now, two thousand years later, it is our responsibility to get His message out.  How are we doing?

*I am going to be gone this week, so feel free to comment, but I will not be able to respond until this weekend.  Thanks for reading!

2 responses to this post.

  1. You have me thinking about that word, repentance . .. I am sure I need to do more of it than I think I do! God bless you, Ben . ..hope you have a good week!


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