When the fullness of the time was come
Galatians 4:4-5 “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”
“But…”. This is a connective term, which changes the direction of the narrative……having to do with what is before:
Galatians 4:3 “Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:”
Paul is explaining that when we “were children in bondage”……this goes back to the traditions of Rome.
A man may have many children….his, or those he chooses…..but they are just children….till….
….the adoption of sons. He would go before the court of Rome….and openly declare that this child….was his son….his heir.
God has done this to us…..He has adopted us….and legally declared us to be His sons.
We were in bondage to the elements of the world….
What elements? The world’s attitudes, sins, anger and jealousy,….the world’s greed and self-exaltation…..the world’s lust for self-seeking pleasures.
We were under their control…..living and moving with the crowd to destruction…..
“But….”. Blessed change! But when the fullness of God’s time was finally come…..He did something so wonderful….
so different than expected….
….He sent forth on the greatest errand of mercy and hope….
……His Son, Christ Jesus, well beloved and holy….to redeem us….that we might be openly adopted and known as His sons.
When we believe, then we are adopted and given HIs Spirit….as the certification of His salvation….and given an inheritance:
Romans 8:15, 17 “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; But ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.”
Ephesians 1:13-14 “In Whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in Whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
Which is the earnest (down payment) of our inheritance…”
And now we will talk of the “fullness of the times”….now….in this time.
And God waited…..till the fullness of the time came for me,…for you….for us.
They saw our birth, and the gospel given…..how many times?
They saw our call…and our twists and turns in the way.
They saw our spiritual steps till now…..some small, some large….
Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
The body is the instrument of the spirit….so that if it be held for Christ, then the practical life is His.
The feet for walking at His bidding.
The hands to work His Way.
The tongue to speak for Him.
The ear to hear His Words….promise and command.
The eye to look at everything as under His control.
body is the Temple of God, for it holds the Spirit of God within—and we are to bring our body to the Holy Spirit, and deny ourselves.
Romans 11:36 “For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to Whom be glory for ever. Amen.”
This is how the body….the whole life, finds itself under the government of the Kingdom of Christ.
Now the fullness of the time has come for me, for you…..for us…..now.
As joint-heirs of Christ will we take our place in His kingdom, now….and be found faithful in that which He has called us to do?