Monday, December 26, 2011

A New Year: How Much Time Do You Have Time (Part Four)

4. The Fullness of Time
 
This phrase is found in the Scriptures, in (Galatians 4:4,5) “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”.  Note from this verse, we have the following important points;
 
The time of His coming – “When the fullness of the time was come”.
This refers to the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ came into the world at the time appointed by the Father.  It was the “time of divine appointment”. He did not come into the world too early or too late.  The time of His coming was divinely determined.
 
The plan of His coming – “God sent forth His Son”.
This speaks of the deity of Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God.  (John 3:16)”God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.  God had a plan to redeem sinful man.  Back in (Genesis 3:15), when Adam and Eve first fell into sin, God promised a Savior through the “seed of the woman”.  The hymn writer wrote the words;
 
Oh the love that drew salvations plan
Oh the grace that brought it down to man
Oh the mighty gulf that God did span, at Calvary.
 
The manner of His coming – “made of a woman” – “made under the law”.
He was “born of a woman”.  This is how the Son of God was incarnated.  This refers to His virgin birth and speaks of His humanity.  He was man.  He was man without ceasing to be God and He was God without ceasing to be man.  (1 Timothy 3:16) “Great is the mystery of godliness, God was manifest in the flesh”.  He was “born under the law”.  He was born a Jew, born into the Jewish race.  He was subject to Jewish law and was the only person who ever kept the law of God.
 
The purpose of His coming – “To redeem them … that we might receive the adoption of sons”.
Sin is slavery.  Sinners are slaves, (John 8:34).  By nature, men are the slaves of sin, (Romans 6:17, 20) (Titus 3:3), and Satan, (Hebrews 2:14, 15) and are absolutely powerless to free themselves.  The Lord Jesus Christ is the “redeemer”.  The word “redeem” means “to buy”, “to ransom”, “to rescue from loss”.  The work of Christ on the cross, the laying down of His life, the shedding of His precious blood was the ransom price that was paid to free the sinner from the guilt and power of sin.  Notice the following scriptures, (Ephesians 1:7) “We have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”.  (Titus 2:14) “Who (Jesus Christ) gave himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity”.  (Matthew 20:28) “The Son of Man (Jesus Christ) came … to give His life a ransom for many”.  God has made adequate provision for the blessing of all, yet multitudes still reject His offer of mercy.  Dear reader, have you availed yourself of the redemption that is in Christ Jesus?  Are you saved?  Have you been born again?
 
Since the work of salvation has been completed and the redemption price has been paid, God will now receive all who accept Jesus Christ as their own personal Savior.  Notice our scripture again “that we might receive the adoption of sons”.  The Biblical meaning of adoption is very different to the way it is used in the world.  All believers are born into the family of God by the new birth, thereby imparting to them a new and divine nature.  In the Bible “adoption” means “son placing”.  Believers are placed into the family of God with all the blessings and privileges of son ship.  Have you been received into the family of God?

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