Mark 1:15 - Repent and Believe.

Mark 1:15 - Repent and Believe.

Mark 1:15 (KJV) And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the 
kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. 

Mark 1:15 (NLT) "At last the time has come!" he announced. "The 
Kingdom of God is near! Turn from your sins and believe this Good 

Mark 1:15 (EAV) And saying, The [appointed period of] time is 
fulfilled (completed), and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent (have a 
change of mind which issues in regret for past sins and in change of 
conduct for the better) and believe (trust in, rely on, and adhere to) 
the good news (the Gospel). 

Mark 1:15 (CWR) He said, "The time is fulfilled! The kingdom of 
God is here! Repent! Believe the good news that I'm telling you, and 
your lives will be changed!" 

Jesus Begins His Ministry In Galilee 

Jesus' announcement, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of 
God is at hand," was the same as John's message (see Matt. 3:2). The 
people understood it as a declaration that the Messianic kingdom was 
about to be set up. In the popular mind, as indeed in John's, this 
involved the establishment of an earthly kingdom for the Jews and 
subsequent triumph over all their enemies. Throughout Jesus' ministry this 
misunderstanding continued, and was not finally corrected in the minds of His 
disciples until after the resurrection (see Luke 24:13-32; Acts 1:6, 7), 
even though through His parables Jesus had repeatedly taught that the 
kingdom He had come to establish was, to begin with, a spiritual kingdom 
(see on Matt. 4:17; Matt. 5:3; cf. ch. 13:1-52).  Jesus' 
announcement, "The time is fulfilled," referred to the prophecy of the 70 
weeks in Dan. 9:24-27, near the end of which "Messiah the Prince" was 
to "confirm the covenant with many" and "be cut off". In the days 
of Christ, some, at least, knew that this time period of Daniel was 
nearly at an end. "When the fullness of the time was come, God sent 
forth his Son" into the world (Gal. 4:4). [SDA Commentary] 

Jesus began his ministry with this proclamation: "The time 
promised by God has come at last! ... The Kingdom of God is near! Repent 
of your sins and believe the Good News!" 
These first words spoken by Jesus in the Gospel of Mark reveal 
the essence of Jesus' ministry on earth - the long-awaited Messiah 
had arrived to inaugurate the Kingdom of God. This Kingdom would not 
be what many had expected, however. The Jewish people wanted a king 
who would set them free from the Romans; Jesus came instead to set 
them free from sin and bring the Good News of salvation. 
People responded differently to Jesus' announcement. Some 
accepted him, some rejected him. The same is true today. You accepted 
Jesus when you believed the Good News. As a believer, you are likewise 
called each day to follow Jesus in a life of obedient discipleship. 
[The One Year Bible for New Believers] 

Even a servant must have credentials, and our Lord has the very 
best. His coming was prophesied by Isaiah (40:3) and Malachi (3:1) and 
announced by John the Baptist. The Father and the Holy Spirit commended 
Him (vv. 9-11), and Satan could not defeat Him (vv. 12-13). He is a 
Servant you can trust. 
But what can He do? What is His work? He can guide your life and 
make it a success (vv. 18-20). He can overcome Satan (vv. 21-28) and 
sickness (vv. 29-34, 40-45) and use you to bring the message of salvation 
to a lost and needy world (vv. 35-39). You can be a servant of the 
Servant and share in His wonderful work. 
Where did the Servant get His power? He depended on the Holy 
Spirit (v. 12) and prayer (v. 35). He did not allow the demands of the 
work to rob Him of the time He needed to renew His strength. If the 
holy Son of God needed to pray, how much more do you need to pray! In 
the Lord's service, you cannot "run on empty." (See Isa. 40:28-31.) 
[Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren Wiersbe]