Although God dwells in eternity, where there is no time, He created the world in which time exists. Indeed, contrary to the teaching of many evolutionists today, we believe that He created the heavens and the earth in six days (He rested on the seventh day) and each day was of twenty-four hours duration, Genesis chapter 1.
As has already been noted in our first meditation on the subject this week, TIME plays an important part in God’s plans and the word appears well over 500 times in the Bible. One of the most important occasions appears in a letter that Paul wrote in the New Testament:
‘But when THE FULNESS OF THE TIME had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons’, Galatians chapter 4 verses 4-5.
This was not some random event that could have taken place at any point in time, without any planning! The expression ‘the fulness of time’ indicates that the entrance of Jesus Christ into this world took place at a specific point in time, which God the Father had predetermined before the heavens and the earth came into being. Not one moment earlier, or later, God sent His only Son into time to be our Saviour. Our events often fall apart through a lack of planning, but there was no possibility of God’s plan failing!
God had ensured that world events were ripe for the occurrence of this great event and for the spread of the gospel message. Greek was widely spoken in the Mediterranean area and the Scriptures had been translated into it. God had predicted, through the prophet Daniel, that the Messiah would come during the domination of Rome, which was a time of peace and relative ease of travel for the message to spread. God’s timing is always right!
The ‘fulness of time’ had, indeed, come, when God ‘sent forth’ His Son that we, creatures of time, could become ‘sons of God’!