Sunday, 31 August 2014 12:35 Written by 

In Mark 1:15 we read..."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)". Funny thing about repentance...it is thought of more as dealing with past sins rather then an invitation into the future. Matthew 4:17 says it this way..."From that time Jesus began to preach,crying out, Repent (change your mind for the better, heartily amend your ways, with abhorrence of your past sins), for the kingdom of heaven is at hand".

Often these words are translated to read "repent for the end is near". Better repent soon because who knows what may happen in the next hours and then it may be too late. You could be killed in a car accident and then it's too late. Jesus wasn't just saying that the end was near...He was saying the Kingdom of God was near. If we are simply repenting because the end is near then we are just apologizing for our past sins in time to make sure we get into Heaven. But if our thinking is repenting because the Kingdom is near then we are deciding to change our approach to life and joining in partnership with God to help bring about His way of love into this world. We would be repenting not because the end is near but rather because the beginning is here.

Jesus' message to repent for the Kingdom is near was not just intended to be a command to deal with past sins...but an invitation to be a part of a new future. Repentance was not intended to be as an insurance policy at death to get into Heaven but rather a doorway through which we enter into a new spiritual Kingdom life here on earth as we live and breath.

The Kingdom of God is a spiritual realm where we are all invited to come and dwell. It is found in the deep places of the heart where we intimately relate to God, Jesus and Holy Spirit in love...affection...dependency and obedience. From this position the issues of life take on a different appearance. Jesus is calling us unto this repentance not to get out of trouble...but to enter and to stay in a new way of life.

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William Broer

William Broer is the co-founder of freedom House Canada Incorporated. He has a real passion for ministering to the brokenhearted. Having studied under several high-profile ministries and interning with Elijah House ministries, Bill is committed to making the word of God practical in our everyday experiences.

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