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IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME

Posted on Sun, Dec 1, 2019

Pastor Elias Reyes

IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME
Galatians 4:1-7 

“But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman” (Gal. 4:4. ) 

Time is a creation, like matter is a creation. There is no time in the eternity preceding creation, nor will there be time in the eternity after the “end of the age”. God works in time in the sense that God limits Himself, being incarnate. It is something that God has done, working out His vast illimitable sovereign purposes in history.
God works in time, unhurried and unchanged. You can see that in the geological ages that are written in the rocks. Thousands of millenniums, millions of years, you can see the vast, indescribable, unimaginable length of time in the starlight that falls upon this earth. Some of the stars that you see, that’s the way they looked billions
of years ago. For it has taken that many years for the light from that star to fall upon our eyes.

I read an article some time ago on the literacy of the people, the citizens of the Roman Empire. They were the most literate of any age in the history of the world. The people were taught. They were learned. They discussed philosophy, and they did it in the Greek language. Can you imagine the literacy and the intellectual
capability of a church to whom Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans, the profoundest theological treatise that has ever been penned? And yet it was written for a man to stand up in the pulpit and read it to the church congregation. A church of slaves, a church of the poor, a church of the menial, of the downtrodden, of the sub-marginal and the periphery, yet written to them in magnificent Greek. The preparation, the plerōma, the fullness of the time; God preparing for the coming of His Son [Galatians 4:4]. 

Look at an example of God’s plerōma: “And in the sixth month,” in the sixth month after the conception of John the Baptist [Luke 1:11-24], “And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee,
named Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph” [Luke 1:26-27]. Oh, but I don’t understand! “In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth” [Luke 1:26]; but Micah the prophet had said by the Spirit of God, that “He should be born in Bethlehem!” [Micah 5:2].

God said that! The Holy Scriptures recorded that, and Micah was chosen to reveal it. “He shall be born in Bethlehem” [Micah 5:2], but the story begins, “In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth” [Luke 1:26]; they live in Nazareth. 

I turn the page and in the next chapteryou read: And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be enrolled . . . And all went to be enrolled— census— everyone unto his own city. And Joseph also from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, came to Bethlehem, in Judea, the
city of David, to be enrolled with his espoused wife, being plerōma, great, full, with child.

He never dreamed in his wildest, farthest imagination, he never thought that the sovereign purpose of God lay back of the decree that he signed, that the whole world should be enrolled [Luke 2:1]. He never thought of it but the purposes of God working through. So down that Bethlehem road travels Joseph and Mary, being great with
child [Luke 2:4-5] “And this shall be the sign unto you, the sēmeion; Ye shall find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger” [Luke 2:12], a sign, a sēmeion! John uses that word alone in presenting the deity of Christ in his Gospel: “And many other sēmeion did Christ do. . .but these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and believing you might have life in His name” [John 20:30-31].

This shall be a sign unto you! [Luke 2:12].
Oh, what a sign, to be wondered at forever and ever! There was womanhood glorified! There was motherhood sanctified! There was childhood magnified! What said the text? “Born of a woman, …But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman!”[Galatians 4:4]. As the Protevangelium (first
good news) avows in Genesis 3:15, “The Seed of the woman shall crush Satan’s head.” Oh, what glorious season to magnify God! 

- Ruling Elder Eli Reyes

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