When the fullness of the time was come…
Galatians 4:4 “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law,”
The whole work of creation is for one purpose….to manifest the Son….to bring about the fulfillment of the Everlasting Covenant.
Hebrews 13:20-21 “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the Everlasting covenant,
Make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to Whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”
(It is interesting that this Covenant is so explicitly set forth here in Hebrews….certainly the writer is writing the Church in Jerusalem….showing that the sacrifice of Christ was and is the means for the perfecting of the believers….both Jew and Gentile.)
1 Timothy 2:5-6 There is One God, and One Mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus;
Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”
When the Godhead first decided to Create….They saw by their Omniscience, the rebellion of Lucifer, who became Satan, fighting against all things of God.
They saw the fall of man, and all the evil that man opens his heart to.
They saw the necessity for the flood….giving grace to Noah and saving him in the Ark.
They saw the call of Abram and the establishing of the Jewish Nation….all their obediences and failures….right up to the time of:
Luke 2:1, 3-7 “And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.”
(God put out a decree long before this….that all these things should be!)
“And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she would be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”
(Is there “room” in our lives for the Christ of God?)
The Godhead saw all this, along with the obediences and failures of the church…..yet decided to create….
And the beginning of that creation, was the Everlasting Covenant.
This covenant was established on an Eternal Foundation….the saving of a people for His Name’s sake.
“Through the blood of the Everlasting Covenant”.
1 Peter 1:19-20 “But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.”
Christ agreed to come as man….made of a woman….as scripture said.
He would be…”very God of very God, and very man of very man”
He would be born under the law….and fulfill that law perfectly….
….so that He would be a perfect sacrifice…”without blemish and without spot:”
He would die as a substitute for us…..taking our sin upon Him….
…and God would raise Him up….accepting His sacrifice.
God, the Father, agreed to give Him a people….draw them to Christ to be saved,….place His Holy Spirit within them to be with them…..and bring them safely home to Heaven, even through battles and failures.
Everything before Christ’s birth was in anticipation of it….preparing a people to believe and trust.
Everything after Christ’s birth was to manifest the Promise fulfilled….preparing a people to believe and trust.
What kind of love would make God the Son, come and place His whole being, as a helpless baby, in the hands of men?
What kind of trust would make the Son of God give Himself up to the hatred of the rulers, the mob of people, the mocking of soldiers, and the pain and separation of the cross….to please His Father’s Will….and give us salvation?
The fullness of the time….is not just a clever phrase…..it is Christ manifested in the flesh for us. (1 Timothy 3:16)
God fulfilled His promise of a Savior…..in His time, and His Way.
Galatians 4:4-7 “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.
And because ye are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”
And now the fullness of times has come for you.
If you have not received Him…..will you open your heart to Him now, and be born again?
Romans 10:9-10 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
As joint heirs of Christ, will you be found faithful to that which He has called you to fulfill?
Will we receive that love God has for us…..that peace which will establish us…..in order to complete the work….”make you perfect in every good work to do His will”?
God’s Will will be done…..will we yield to our part of it?