This is my first thread. Hope everyone is good! I just wanted to ask about Mark 1 and see what you think.
In mark 1 it says
1The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
2As it is written in Isaiah the prophet:
"BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER AHEAD OF YOU,
WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY;
3THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS,
'MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD,
MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT.'"
4John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
My understanding of repentance in the greek is a change of ones mind and a hate of past evil. My understanding of forgivness in the greek is a pardoning of sin.
How could sins be forrgiven and sins be repented of when there had been no suffering, death and resurection of jesus yet?
The holy spirit had not yet been given yet either for a person to be born again and transformed?
How is it possible for John to preach this baptism of repentance when the only way of repenting was repenting by works, by following the law. There was no change of heart yet because there was no spirit to transform it?
Thank you for your time. I hope you will be able to answer some of my questions!