A Good Change of Mind
Both John the Baptist and Jesus came on the scene preaching “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of heaven is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15; Matthew 3:2; 4:17).
Kingdom is a realm of rule. Heaven speaks of that which is above all. “At hand” speaks of that which is near, within one’s grasp. Repent means to change one’s mind. Gospel means “good news.”
Seeing what Jesus did on earth, and understanding his commission to the church, and seeing what the early church did in the book of Acts, I like to paraphrase that verse like this. “The time is now here that the power of God is available to you. You no longer need to be thinking that ‘It is going to come’. Be believing this good news and acting on what is already accomplished in Jesus Christ for you.”
Prophecies had been given that the Savior would come and lives would be changed. People were looking for this future event. When “the event”, Jesus, came on the scene, he called for a shift of thinking from looking to the future to receiving it now.
As the people believed his word, he was able to demonstrate the operation of the rule of heaven on earth here and now in the lives of the people.
Sins were forgiven, bodies were healed, demon possessed people were set free, the dead were raised, the hungry were fed supernaturally, and financial provision manifested. He passed this on to the early church and as they moved in the power of the good news of Jesus through the Holy Spirit, the same power was manifested in and through their lives.
We are living in a time in which we are privileged, and challenged, to enter in and be partakers of that which God has placed within our grasp and set in motion to operate in and through our lives today. We must change our thinking from “it used to be” and “it’s gonna be” and “it can’t be” to “it is”! and keep our focus on that.
Jesus is the “I Am.” He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). God is faithful to his word. Changing our mind to believe the gospel is the commitment to believe the word of what Jesus has already accomplished for us in an unwavering way. This is God’s will for us today so his rule in our lives can be manifested in a marvelous way.
Jackie Calhoun is a contributing writer and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.