April 29, 2021 – Galatians 4: 1-7 – In the Fullness of Time

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Today’s reading is from Galatians 4: 1-7

My point is this: heirs, as long as they are minors, are no better than slaves, though they are the owners of all the property; 2 but they remain under guardians and trustees until the date set by the father. 3 So with us; while we were minors, we were enslaved to the elemental spirits of the world. 4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. 6 And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7 So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

Today in our reading, I want to look at two really cool things.  First is what we see in v 6 where Paul writes that God’s Spirit fills us and we are aware that we have a spirit of adaptation from God, one where we cry out Abba!  Father!  Abba is the word for father in Aramaic.  But it means more than father, it means something closer to “daddy.”  God as Father is a theological statement, it is an affirmation of the Trinity. God as daddy shows the relational element that God desires with His children. 

But the thing that I love so much about this passage is v 4-6, how Jesus came in the fullness of time. What this means is at just the right moment, Jesus was born.  At just the right moment, Jesus was born. At just the right place Jesus was born. To just the right people Jesus was born. In the fullness of time, Jesus was born. God’s plan was fulfilled. God has a plan and purpose, and it was perfectly fulfilled in Jesus. 

In the fullness of time.  

God is at work.  And God has you where he has you, when he wants you, in the place he needs you for this moment.  Jesus was born at the right moment.  You are where you need to be for this exact moment.  

Trust the plan of God. Be faithful.  God’s time is always perfect. At the fullness of time, Jesus was born.  At just the perfect moment in human history.  Trust.  God knows what He is doing. 

Tomorrow we’ll look at Galatians 4: 8-20.  

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