Repentance and Belief – Constants in the Christian Life

We are working our way through Mark’s gospel and recently heard Jesus’ first public words recorded in Mark 1:

15 ‘The time has come,’ he said. ‘The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!’

J.C. Ryle comments:

‘We need not wonder at this, if we consider the necessities of human nature.  All of us are by nature born in sin and are children of wrath, and all need to repent, turn to God and be born again if we want to see the kingdom of God.  All of us are by nature guilty and condemned before God, and all must flee to the hope set before us in the Gospel, and believe in it, if we want to be saved.  All of us once penitent, need daily stirring up to deeper repentance.  All of us, though believing, need constant exhortation to increased faith.’