In the Fullness of Time

When the fullness of time came,
God sent forth His Son,
born of a woman,
born under the Law,
so that He might redeem those
who were under the Law,
that we might receive
the adoption as sons.
Galatians 4:5 NASB

By going to church on Sunday mornings and taking a nap on Sunday afternoons I thought I was fulfilling the Forth Commandment. What was I thinking?

The only One who has ever fulfilled God’s Law is Jesus. This earthly fulfillment, was first witnessed at Jesus birth, when He was born of a woman, born under the Law.

God’s Law has two purposes:

·         The Law is a guardian until faith comes. “Before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed.”¹

·         The Law is a teacher that reveals where we have failed or sinned. In so doing, it leads us to faith in Jesus. “Therefore the law has become our tutor to lead us to Jesus so that we may be justified by faith.”²

Once these two purposes are fulfilled the Law is no longer necessary. It has accomplished its goal. (Galatians 3:25) The Law was replaced by the New Covenant, which Jesus fulfilled by His Incarnation, when He came to earth as a new born babe.

·         Instead of being written on tablets of stone, the New Covenant is written on our minds and hearts. “I will put My laws into their into their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” Isn’t that a beautiful picture, my friend?³

·         What is this law written on our minds and hearts referring to? The Holy Spirit which comes to every believing heart. The Holy Spirit is our resident Helper, Truth and Teacher. (John 14:16, 17, 26) Bible teacher Anne Graham Lotz calls the Holy Spirit:  Jesus. In. Me.

In the New Year I’ll take these four truths and apply them to our lives.

Merry Christmas to you!

Related: More Sundays When I Was a Kid
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Related: Church Lady Becomes a Christian

¹ Galatians 3:23, NASB
² Galatians 3:24, NASB; Romans 3:9-19
³ Hebrews 8:10, NASB; Jeremiah 31:31-36
† Jesus In Me by Anne Graham Lotz; Multnomah, 2019

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Lena Rae

I love Jesus! He is my eternal hope, fullness of joy, calm in the storm and so much more. I enjoy reading, cooking, blogging and bird watching. I have two wonderful kids and a loving husband. God is good.

5 thoughts on “In the Fullness of Time”

  1. Yes, so well said! We could not keep the law, only Christ as the perfect sacrifice, could make the atonement for us. Now, the New Covenant!
    We cannot separate the birth of Christ from the promise made He would come, then the cross, the resurrection.
    What a reason to have a joyful Christmas!

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