“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 KJV
I’m so glad you are here so I can share with you about the most important issue in this life! I use a lot of Bible verses to verify what I teach, so grab a Bible or visit one online, like at www.blueletterbible.org, to see what the verses say.
Mark 1:15 ends with the word, “gospel,” meaning good news.
Mark 1:1, 1:14, Romans 1:1 and Ephesians 1:13 call it the gospel of Jesus Christ, gospel of the kingdom of God, gospel of God and gospel of salvation, respectively. 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 explains that the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ are the essence of this glorious gospel.
The most popular verse in the Bible and the verse right after it (John 3:16-17) proclaim: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
Saved from what? God’s wrath over our sin (Romans 5:9 and 6:23). Sin is any disobedience toward God and must be punished.
Back to Mark 1:15. This key verse closes with two commands given by Jesus. They are to 1) repent; and 2) believe the gospel. Let’s first consider what it means to repent.
Repent is a verb that means to change our mind about something. This change of mind leads to behavioral changes in our life in the area(s) we repent.
This change of mind is a complete turn-around from how we previously thought or believed about a particular subject.
Before we come into a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, we have many thoughts and beliefs that are contrary to the truth of the gospel of Christ.
After we hear, and I mean really hear the message of the gospel and suddenly have a true realization that this is truth, AND we agree in our heart and mind with this truth by a true change of mind about it, we have just repented.
But, wait! There’s more…
AND BELIEVE THE GOSPEL
The Gospel in Brief:
Jesus Christ is God manifested in the flesh as a human man (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:21-23). Jesus is and was the only One qualified to atone (pay) for the sin of mankind (1 Peter 1:18-21).
All of us are sinners in need of Jesus the Savior to save us from the wrath (punishment) our sin deserves (Genesis 6:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:23, 6:23).
Jesus Christ paid the death penalty we sinners deserve. He was buried in a tomb, and on the third day, God raised Him from the dead (Romans 5:10; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:21-23; Matthew 27:57-60; 1 Corinthians 15:4), and He now sits at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2).
Romans 10:8-10 gives us specific guidance on how to be saved. It brings us right back to Jesus’ command in Mark 1:15 to …believe the gospel.
But, mere lip service will never lead to a person’s true salvation in Christ. The proof is in the pudding, so to speak.
John 8:31-32 says, “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, if ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
1 John 2:3-6 and James 2:18-20 teach us that our commitment to God will be evident by the way we live for Jesus Christ after we come to know Him personally via eternal salvation.
2 Corinthians 15:3 instructs us to examine our self to make sure we are even in the faith as a true Christian. The Bible is loaded with passages that help us examine our self in this way. Do we truly love God enough to live obediently to Him? Do we desire and enjoy spending intimate time with God in His word on a regular basis? These are good places to start in examining our self to see if we are even in the Christian faith.
My blog articles on my next site page are written to help us develop a deeper and more mature relationship with Jesus Christ. I hope you will read them and share them with others who would be blessed by reading them, too.