In the Fullness of Time

Throughout history, God has brought all things together to bring the Savior into the world. See Galatians 4.4-5. This is a far-reaching and comprehensive passage. One writer: An Epitome of the Scheme of Redemption. An Outline of the Gospel Plan. An Abbreviated System of Christian Divinity.

The Important Event.

  1. 4.4 – God sent forth His Son.
    1. Think of the person spoken of here: God’s Son.
    2. Think of the divine commission. God sent Him forth
      1. He came from God Himself into our world and came to do God’s work and declare the glory of the Father.
      2. John 1.14; 17.4-5.
  2. 4.4 – Made of a woman.
    1. Galatians 4.4 – God sent forth His Son …born of a woman.
      1. Not only was Jesus 100% God who took on the form of a Son in submission.
      2. He was 100% man – made of a woman.
    2. Emphasis here is not on the virgin birth as much as it is on His humanity.
  3. 4.4 – God sent for His Son, born under the law.
    1. Originally, He was the divine lawgiver – and as such, was above it. But, he humbled Himself and placed Himself under it.
    2. He was subject to ceremonial law and moral law.
  4. 4.4 – This all happened in the fullness of time.

II. The Purpose of This Event:

  1. 4.5a – It was to redeem us.
    1. Redeem those under the law…that’s everyone.
    2. Our redemption is from guilt, sin, misery, and eternal death.
  2. 4.5b – It was so that we might receive adoption.
    1. We’ve been brought near to God. Reconciled to HIm.
    2. We’ve become a part of His family. Now, we bear His likeness, possess His favor, and can be with Him forever.

Conclusion:

  1. We’ve talked about God’s part of salvation.
  2. We must grab on to it. And we do that through faith.
    1. John 1.12; Romans 5.1; 8.1.

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