Mark 1:15 Commentary - Mr. D's Notes on Selected New Testament Books by Stanley Derickson

15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

Again we see the thought of the right time, the appointed time and it is in the context of "the kingdom of God is at hand." Christ is preaching the kingdom at this point, not a salvation of grace based on the cross. This is terribly important in our understanding of the gospels. Christ preached the coming kingdom for a good portion of His earthly ministry, and only after the Jews had rejected this gospel did He start teaching about the church age.

Care must be taken not to mix the gospel of the kingdom message with Christ's later message aimed at the beginning of the church age. The two are not the same and must not be taught as the same. The kingdom information is for a time when Christ will rule here on earth and is not for the church age. Be careful to note the context and time of the synoptics and the information that they contain.

The term repent is the same idea as the term used in verse four where John the Baptist was preaching repentance. To change one's mind is the thought. To change your mind about the kingdom, about God or whatever you are considering. When you are looking at flat screen televisions and you have decided to purchase one and you check with your wife or checkbook and find that you cannot go through with the purchase, you repent or change your mind.

The nonbeliever that considers the claims of Christ, and decides that Christ was who He said He was, has changed his mind, or repented of his former belief.

This is the key of the kingdom gospel. The Jews were to reconsider their view of God and have a change of mind to prepare for the kingdom. If there was no change of mind, then they were not prepared or ready for the kingdom.

The same is true of church age belief. The lost person must consider the gospel, and change their mind as to the world view and God's view. There must be a change of mind for the person to be ready for regeneration.

Not only is there a difference of gospels, there is a difference in another area which will be seen as we go along. Much has been written about two terms that you will run into in the synoptics; the "kingdom of God" and "the kingdom of heaven." Again, don't be quick to assume they arethe same kingdom. They are not the same, though there are many similarities.

Take time to list all of the occurrences of both terms, then read each passage and observe their individual qualities. Find the similarities and note the differences. You will find that both are quite similar, but that there is definitely a difference. (You can find a listing of both terms in my theology if you are interested in this study.)

Consult other comments:

Mark 1:15 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Mark 1:15 - The Greek Testament

Mark 1:15 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Mark 1:15 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Mark 1:15 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Mark 1:15 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Mark 1:15 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Mark 1:15 - Mr. D's Notes on Selected New Testament Books by Stanley Derickson

Mark 1:15 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Mark 1:15 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Mark 1:15 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Mark 1:15 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Mark 1:15 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Mark 1:15 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Mark 1:15 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Mark 1:15 - Church Pulpit Commentary

Mark 1:15 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Mark 1:15 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Mark 1:15 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Mark 1:15 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Mr. D's Notes on Selected New Testament Books by Stanley Derickson