Mark 1:15 (NASB95)
15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
This passage teaches how to enter the kingdom, but it also speaks much of the Kingdom of God itself. I’ll keep this short today but follow this progression…
This is the heartbeat of the kingdom. Our willingness to repent initiates forgiveness which allows the Holy Spirit entrance into our hearts which restores us to right relationship with God. When these principles are followed, the kingdom flourishes. This process may be a one time thing concerning our salvation…but is to be a pattern for life as well.
Repentance of sin always leads to forgiveness, which allows the anointing of the Spirit to flow freely in our lives, which restores us to experiential right standing as a kingdom citizen. But even more, it should restore us to right standing with one another. Not with the world but with other brothers and sisters in Christ. This is a primary principle of the kingdom. If this one is violated, nothing else works. That is why Jesus said to pray not only, “Thy kingdom come…” but also “…forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us…”.
1 John 2:10–11 (NASB95)
10 The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him.
11 But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.