“But when the fulness of the time was come, god sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law…” Galatians 4:4
When Jesus was born the Roman Empire was in full swing and this may give us a little insight into the phrase “Fulness of time.” When ancient kingdoms conquered other lands traditionally they would take the people as slaves back to their territory. The Roman Government, on the other hand, was a little different. When they conquered someone they left them where they were and made them a Roman citizen. This way the Romans gained citizens and territory. Could it be that God waited all those centuries for the Roman kingdom to arise before Jesus was born? I’m not saying it’s so, but you have to admit it’s interesting.
God’s kingdom operates in a similar fashion. When we are born again we become citizens of his kingdom right where we’re at and he doesn’t take us to heaven immediately. Like the Roman kingdom, God grows his influence through us here on earth therefore growing his kingdom.
One final thought about the Roman Government. They built a system of roads throughout the whole kingdom primarily to move an army quickly but it also did something else. When the Apostle Paul was writing his now famous Biblical letters he had them transported by way of these very roads. Isn’t that just like God? He used a Pagan government to build roads just in time for the message of the gospel to be delivered in a fast and sufficient way. Even today this seems to be the way it works. For the most part the internet was created by what I would classify as non-believers and now God is using it as a means to get the gospel to the whole world.
Written by Louie