Mark 1:15

15 and saying, "1The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God [a]is at hand; 2repent and [b]believe in the gospel."

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Mark 1:15 Meaning and Commentary

Mark 1:15

And saying, the time is fulfilled
Either that which was fixed for the end of the law and prophets, the legal and Mosaic dispensation, and the Jewish church state; or the fulness of time for the Messiah's appearance in the world; which was agreed upon between the Father and the Son, was predicted in various prophecies, and the people of the Jews were in a general expectation of:

and the kingdom of God is at hand:
the same with the kingdom of heaven, in ( Matthew 3:2 ) ( 4:17 ) , see the notes: (See Gill on Matthew 3:2), (See Gill on Matthew 4:17).

repent ye, and believe the Gospel.
He called them to repent, not only of their former sins and vicious course of life, but of their bad principles and tenets, concerning a temporal kingdom of the Messiah; concerning merit and free will, justification by the works of the law, and salvation by their obedience to the ceremonies of it, and the traditions of the elders: these he exhorts them to change their sentiments about, and to relinquish them, and give into the Gospel scheme; which proclaims liberty from the law, peace, pardon, and righteousness by Christ, and salvation and eternal life by the free grace of God.

Mark 1:15 In-Context

13 And He was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by Satan; and He was with the wild beasts, and the angels were ministering to Him.
14 Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God,
15 and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel."
16 As He was going along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen.
17 And Jesus said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men."

Cross References 2

  • 1. Galatians 4:4; Ephesians 1:10; 1 Timothy 2:6; Titus 1:3
  • 2. Matthew 3:2; Acts 20:21

Footnotes 2

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