A. When the time had fully come - Vv. 1-7
“When the time is right…”, you have heard that phrase, right? Things are going bad for the soldiers and the calvary comes just in the nick of time. Or, during the time of battle, the frontlines are being overrun, but just in the nick of time the artillery comes blasting against the enemy to save the day. Or, when the sickness is going so bad and the doctors tell you that there is no chance, but a different diagnosis comes and it leads to a better way of treating the disease and there is hope now. When Paul uses the phrase “in the fullness of time…(KJV)”, “when the timed set had fully come…”, “But when the proper time came…(Phillips)”, “But when the right time came…(New Century Version)”, whichever you choose to use, we have a turn of a phrase that tells us that there is something that has finally happened that God says He had planned for a long time and it finally arrived.
In verses 1-3, Paul speaks of the child that is underage and unable to use his father’s wealth or be treated as an adult but cared for by a slave. That child must have a guardian that has authority over the child of the master.
That doesn’t sound right but that was the way society did it in those days. Paul uses that idea and relates it to the believers in the Galatian churches. They are like the children who needed a guardian, the Law, because they chose to accept the law over their faith. God, who is their Father, would tell them when the time was that the Law would no longer have rule over them, just like the father of the household who tells the guardian that the child was old enough to take up his rightful ownership of the wealth of the father. But until such time, they lived “in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world.” If one chose the Law, the way of the Judaizers, instead of the way of faith in Jesus Christ, then they would be subject to the things of the world and the spiritual forces that held sway over those who follow the Law.
But when Father God says it was time to send the deliverer for the spiritual bondage of the world, His Son, who would take away the sin of the world, then He would declare it to all the world through an announcement of birth; the One who would bring salvation to all under slavery of sin. The time was right Paul told them just a few years ago, when God Almighty chose to send Jesus into the world, born of a virgin and then when He became an adult He chose to be the giver of life and breaker of bondage to sin. Would they, the believers whom Paul won to the Lord, be so unwise to stay in slavery to sin, again going back to the past and leaving the true path of faith in the Son of God alone for their salvation?
The scripture says God sent His Son to be born of a woman. What does that mean? The Messiah did not have a man as a father and yet He would be a man! He would be born of a woman, not of a man. If He had a human father then He would not be the Son of God, the God-man! Because He was a Jew, He was born under the Law and would have to fulfil all of the Law completely, otherwise He would not be able to redeem those who were under the Law! This Jesus did fulfil the law completely and He was able to redeem mankind and then bring those who believed in Him into adoption as God’s sons.
Now that you and I are a part of the family of God, we are called “sons of God.” Both men and women are designated as sons of God and God has sent to His children the Spirit of God into our hearts. You have the presence of God in your life because of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Praise the Lord! Have you ever called out to the Father, your Father now, and said “Father” or “Abba?” He is yours to call to because you are a son of God now. Because you are now a son you no longer are a slave to sin, Amen! Because you are now a son you are an heir. What does that mean? The dictionary says that an heir is: 1.a person who inherits or has a right of inheritance in the property of another following the latter's death. 2. a person who inherits or is entitled to inherit the rank, title, position, etc., of another. 3. a person or group considered as inheriting the tradition, talent, etc., of a predecessor. You and I are heirs of the King of kings and the Lord of lords and we have all that Jesus has; we have the inheritance that Peter speaks of in 1 Peter 1:4-5,