By LOU TISCIONE
When Jesus began His public ministry He said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15)
In writing to believers, the Apostle Paul declared that the gospel is the power of God for salvation. (Romans 1:16) He also told the believers in Corinth that those who were being saved stood in the gospel. (1 Corinthians 15:1)
Those who profess Christ are called by God to preach the gospel to themselves on a regular basis. Christians know that all life is in Christ through repentance and faith in Jesus as He is offered in the gospel.
Salvation is not only God’s guarantee of heaven. Salvation is deliverance. God’s people are saved by God from God. When God breaks into a man’s life, He frees him from the bondage of sin. Those in Christ are set free to love God! Salvation begins when God declares a sinner right with Him. It continues throughout life and is consummated in glory. All of what God has done for us is in and through the gospel. The death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the revealed power of God!
Jesus gave two reasons for obeying His dual command in Mark 1:15. The first was the “time is fulfilled.” The second, “the kingdom of God is at hand.”
The first was a reference to Daniel’s prophecy in Daniel 9:25. It was confirmed by the Apostle Paul in Galatians 4:4. This time of fulfillment was in fact the time set in eternity by God for the Messiah’s arrival on Earth. Jesus read Isaiah 61:1-2a in the synagogue. (Luke 4:18-21)
Jesus said He was the one prophesied who would proclaim the “year of the Lord’s favor.” In other words, Jesus declared that at His coming, God was commanding men and women to call upon Him and be saved. The Apostle Peter boldly told the religious leaders in Jerusalem, “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)