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How Jesus defines it: by Chris Priebe
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If you look at the next verse is says what the good news was that Jesus proclaimed, in context it says, "Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. ´The time has come,´ he said, ´The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!" (Mark 1:14,15 )
I am amazed at that little verse and how well it summarizes what the Gospel is. It is this, "The kingdom of God (we´ll explain that as we go on) is at hand." When I read this verse I sense a great anticipation. Something big is going to happen. God is moving. He is going to do something and it is really close. Something new is arriving and I better get on board God´s plan. Are you ready?
Then the next part says what we are supposed to do. "Repent and believe the good news."
I like it, nice and simple. Repent, we´ll talk about that more later but it simply means to give up your bad things. Secondly, believe. Believe what? Believe the good news. What good news? That God is doing something to save you.
Keep reading, it will become even clearer as we go.
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Arnet Hales writes on 2001-05-12
Jesus himself is the good news. His life and death are the example that he set us to follow ( 1 Peter 2:21 ; 3:13ff). His definition is his own person.
- by Arnet Hales
Barbara Bartis writes on 2001-05-31
The Good News sounds so easy. Just repent and believe. I think that this is why unbelievers have such a hard time responding to the Good News. It is too easy for them. They think that there is a catch. They want things hard, to fix it themselves, not to let Jesus pay the price.
- by Barbara Bartis
SpiritualAdrenaline writes on 2001-06-26
Is it that easy?
To repent with your heart, to really mean it. And to believe in Christ, not just believe that he existed, but believe in what He says, does, tells us to do. To believe that He is alive and sees what we do at every second. We fight the sin of the flesh every second, to believe and repent are no small task.
- by SpiritualAdrenaline
estamosuno writes on 2001-06-26
Christ came on earth to bring man closer to God and change from their wicked ways. That is the Good News for man´s salvation as God wanted all men to be saved from the fiery damnation of hell.
- by estamosuno
deecee4jaycee writes on 2001-06-27
This article and these verses seem to yell "choose" to me....Jesus is openly inviting all who will to choose between man´s attempts to have a relationship with God and God´s plan for a lasting relationship with Him. To me when Jesus says that the kingdom is near it is an invitation to accept the good news of God, near does not mean to me in this instance that the kingdom is physically there but, that it is within the grasp of all who choose to accept God´s plan. Jesus paints a picture of something just out of comprehension but, within reach to those who will REPENT....could that repentance be the acknowledgement of the distorting of God´s laws for man´s benefit. Jesus implores those who can HEAR to BELIEVE the good news...in other words, God´s good news had nothing to do with Pharisee´s or Sadducees, or anything man developed but, in the good news of the Father.....the same good news He tried to share in the Garden of Eden....I want a relationship with you, I do not want a robot, I want your love and I love you!
- by deecee4jaycee
brotherharry2000 writes on 0000-00-00
In light of last week¥s events (plane crash into World Trade Center), how prophetic is this? How appropriate?
(This is taken from the lesson)
Something big is going to happen. God is moving. He is going to do something and it is really close. Something new is arriving and I better get on board God¥s plan. Are you ready?
YES! I¥M READY!
- by brotherharry2000
hugapoohlouise writes on 0000-00-00
I agree with the earlier comments that people make the Word of God and the way of salvation complicated. They build it up in their mind and use the experiences of this world (things that are good must be hard to obtain) to map this blueprint of salvation and they then try to accomplish climbing this mountain on their own. When they need to seek God and His help and then it is all real simple. Repent and Be saved.
- by hugapoohlouise
mnolfn writes on 0000-00-00
I know I will be in trouble here.....but I believe we must make more of repent than -- give up your bad habits or deeds. One must turn around and go the other way when agreeing with Christ. Just as when we believe on Him, we must agree as to Who and What he is (even the devils believe)....we must not leave a void where we have swept out the heart of dirt, leaving room for more, and worse things to come in.
Did I say this correctly?
- by mnolfn
Christina writes on 2002-05-08
It is so amazing that we can repent and ask for forgiveness when we realize that we have sinned against God. That really is the "Good News". I am excited for the day that we can be with Him in Heaven for eternity.
- by Christina
D-lite writes on 2002-05-08
I remember the day I first believed. The doors of the Kingdom opened and welcomed me to come in. As I stepped over the threshold and began walking in the Kingdom, I began to recognize other citizens of the kingdom (and I began to recognize those that didnít belong in the kingdom as well [Matt 13:47]). I had a new family. They were my sisters and brothers. They were my parents as they taught me and loved me, like I had never experienced love before. I never wanted to go back and I didnít.
The Kingdom is amongst us today. We walk in the Kingdom every moment. The message and ministry Jesus did, He commissioned His followers to do and to keep on doing after He was gone. ìWhen Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.î (Luke 9:1-2 ). Weíve got everything we need. ìBut you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.î (Acts 1:8 ).
Something big is happening - the kingdom is here Ölike a mustard seed once it takes root it takes over the whole spiritual environment, whole families get saved, even whole communities change. Like yeast, it permeates everything it touches. Just get close enough to be impacted. The kingdom is like a precious treasure once discovered itís well worth any sacrifice made to make it our own. It is a very wise investment, which pays dividends throughout eternity. The kingdom is like a diamond every time you look at it you see something new and beautiful as it reflects the pure light of God and His awesome holiness. Take a closer look.
- by D-lite
userlw80 writes on 2002-06-29
God´s way for me to have eternal life. God loved me so much that even though I committed sin I can repent and get eternal life(John 3:16).
- by userlw80
myeager writes on 2002-07-03
Check Strong¥s or Young¥s Concordance.
"Repentance" means ¥change your mind¥--that¥s all. A change of behavior will likely result from your ¥change of mind¥, but the behavior change is an outcome--not the act of repentance. Mixing the two should be avoided as it will ultimately lead to introducing works (via required behaviors) into salvation.
- by myeager
thriving writes on 2003-05-12
It´s so wonderful. God places right before my eyes I can´t miss it. It is His Provisions that He has personally made through His Son for my salvation. His truth hits me like a ton of bricks. He is right. I am guility. I need Jesus. I personally turn away from my sins and turn fully into the face of Jesus He leaves me into His truths from then on. How awesome He is.
- by thriving
Rev_Janet writes on 2004-01-06
Do you know how if you have a deadline and it´s a month away, you don´t worry about it, but when it´s tomorrow and you haven´t done anything, then you panic? I think when Jesus said the simple phrase, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Mt 4:17 ), that he wanted to stir these souls that had become steeped in traditions, rules, and judgements into facing the imminent reality of the source of their traditions. The kingdom of heaven was and is at hand, and the proper preparation for it is not to go out and memorize the Torah, but to repent, to forsake all the worldliness that had crept into their religion and to forsake the sins that many thought they would have time to compensate for later in life. He was also reaching out to those that believed they had sinned so much in the Mosaic law that there was no hope. To them also he gives them the simple but crucial task that will gain them entry to the kingdom...repent.
- by Rev_Janet
rforce writes on 2004-04-30
Jesus defines the kingdom of God, as a grain of mustard seed, the smallest seed in the earth realm. A seed that begins so small, but grows so large that the birds of the air can find shelter in its branches, so it is with the words of the living God when we believe them to be true and relevant for our daily living. At first we hear the simple truth or the small dynamic measure of Godís declaration proclaimed in his word. Believe my word and faith will come and faith (an understanding of my word will grow and grow by the revelation of the Holy Spirit the Spirit of Truth) will teach you to discern the truth from the lies disseminated by the spirits that are in the earth realm. And that truth will help you to grow as if you were living in the Kingdom of Heaven and not according to the nurturing of banished ones imprisoned in the earth realm.
- by rforce
Lee ApJohn writes on 2004-08-07
As I was reading this, I was thinking about what Joshua told the Israelites:
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
- by Lee ApJohn
yobyol writes on 2004-09-13
Finally! At least someone has given me at least an inkling of what the "gospel" or "good news" is. I am sorry, but all my life people have told me about the Gospel without telling me what this supposed good news is. I don´t know that people don´t believe in the gospel because it´s too easy, but because no one has explained it properly.
Finally someone has begun to explain it in terms I can understand. The good news is that God is doing something to save us.
I look forward to future readings.
- by yobyol
monhol writes on 2004-10-25
How Jesus defines the Gospel:
´The time has come,´ he said, ´The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!" (Mark 1:14,15 ).
It was true then, it is true today.
To every human, the kingdom of God is like a seed in the heart (that´s kind of near).
Planted when we repent and believe.
Watered when we pray.
Growing when we, step by step, learn how to communicate with God.
If I want to be ready when "God is moving"? Yes!
"God is doing something to save you." True and true again Chris.
- by monhol
stevec8 writes on 2005-12-11
It´s the best invitation anyone will ever get. The good news is a new life, free of past sin, with Jesus at the centre of it. Yes, it´s an invitation which says salvation is at hand. I thank the Lord each day that I heard the good news and accepted the invitation.
- by stevec8
Taximan writes on 2006-02-15
I love the way Jesus cuts away all the smelly stuff that man lays down! It seems to me that He came and gave His life that we may live an eternal abundant life that is rightfully His, only to have so many people trying to determinedly find their own way even then! Is the life of God Himself given for man not enough?!
The first time I felt the absolute intoxicating warmth of the Love of God that comes when you submit to Him, I was overwhelmed, and remain so even these fifteen years later! If that ain´t Good News then nothing is. Especially when it comes at a price you could never pay yourself, but have found that someone who loves you dearly has already paid on your behalf.
- by Taximan
First Day Church writes on 2008-03-17
The beautiful thing about Mark 1:15 is the fact that its not about all of the things we associate with Christianity. Its not about your hair length or the music you listen to or if you go to church on a Saturday or Sunday or even Tuesday. Its not about the size of the church nor if the minister screams or speaks softly. We allow all of these things to get between us and Gods glory. We could go shopping for a pair of designer jeans and we can look high and low for them, but at the end of the day are not jeans, jeans. We can seek to put this person out of heaven because they don´t speak in tongues or because they play their music too loud or even play music in church at all and say for this reason we have scriptural proof that these people would never go to heaven. But at the end of the day Christ simply said to enter heaven we must repent and believe. What a minimalist approach to everlasting peace.
- by First Day Church
crollman writes on 2009-10-01
I love the fact that you mention repentance here. But I also think that repentance is a two step process of turning from my wicked ways but then taking steps to be conformed in the image of Christ. It is when I am conformed in his image in areas of my life that I struggle in that I have engaged in the process of repentance and experience the life that God has for me!
- by crollman
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