“But when the time had fully come,
God sent his Son”
It was some 2000 years after God called Abraham and promised through him to bless all the families of the world. Now, Paul tells us, this was the right time. We do not know the full answer but there are certain factors that made this time suitable from a human perspective.
Firstly, there was a general peace in the Roman empire. The legions were everywhere keeping law and order and protecting travellers both on land and at sea.
Secondly, the common language of the empire was Greek – and the Old Testament in Greek, the Septuagint, was available.
Thirdly, there was an increasing spiritual hunger. The Roman gods had lost their attraction and the so-called mystery religions had a more personal appeal.
Finally, there were the outsiders who were attracted to the idea of the Jewish God and the high ethical standards that were a part of their faith.
Within this context Paul was able to minister effectively and during a short period of ten years was able to see the church established in the four Roman provinces of Galatia, Macedonia, Achaia and Asia.
Certainly God had chosen a good time – and may even have been influential in bringing it about! And how blessed we are that some 2000 years later we can look back on it and enjoy the fullness of its meaning.
Has the Lord become fully a part of my life?
“I tell you, now is the time of God’s favour, now is the day of salvation” ( 2 Corinthians 6:2)
Today Lord Jesus, enter more fully into my life to rule and reign there in the fullness of your light, life and love. Amen.