STEPPING INTO THE FULLNESS OF TIME
Beloved friends, I welcome you again to today’s broadcast…in the Name of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. I am very certain that you have been following our messages. We want to encourage you to be a doer of the Word – not just a hearer: hearing alone will not bring transformation, but putting into practice the things you hear, taking action based on what you hear, will transform your life for good and set you on the way to knowing GOD and to eternal life.
Our message today will be: Stepping into the Fullness of Time.
STEPPING INTO THE FULLNESS OF TIME
And we will be reading from The Book of Galatians 4:4-7
4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
We’ll read also another passage, In the Book of Numbers 23:19
19 “God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent.
Has He said, and will He not do?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
Let us prayer
Heavenly FATHER the FATHER of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, grant that today we will hear YOUR Word and understand that there is always a fullness of time, and that at the appropriate time YOU will show up in our affairs…in JESUS’ Mighty Name we pray. Amen!
Friends, the birth of our LORD JESUS CHRIST was a long-awaited event. It was prophesied and much anticipated. However many people did not know what was going on then. The same is happening today. GOD is doing great things, and most people are unaware of what GOD is doing.
One of the things our LORD JESUS CHRIST asked us to do is to watch and pray. Watching means, you have to be conscious of times and seasons. GOD is working out HIS eternal plan, and people are completely clueless to what is happening.
The fullness of time means that at exactly the right moment and at the prime time and place GOD’s purpose and plan is unfolded and revealed. It is the fullness of time that allows you to see another day. It is the fullness of time that brought salvation to mankind.
Our text in the Book of Galatians tells us what happened in a little town in Israel that could not attract press coverage if it has been in our time. Rather it was an event that was planned from eternity. There is an exact moment that completes the fullness of time. And GOD’s purpose will precipitate as soon as it is the fullness of time. The fullness of time reaches back to eternity past and stretches to the kairos moment of now and eternity of the future. In other words GOD has something for you right now and today and in the future.
We want to look at this message in three perspectives:
1. GOD is a promise-keeping GOD.
I don’t know how I can impress with this and you understand it and queue into it that – GOD is a promise-keeping GOD.
In Genesis 3:15 which you may consider as the first gospel – Genesis 3:15, GOD made a promise,
15 And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.”
That’s the Word of GOD. GOD promised mankind that a Redeemer would come. And this Redeemer would bruise the head of the serpent Satan and provide atonement for the sin of the fallen mankind. It was promised that this Messiah will come from the lineage of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – and from the Tribe of Judah. When you read the Gospel of Matthew and the genealogy of CHRIST you confirm from the family tree that all that were said about JESUS came to pass. It was promised or prophesied that HE will be the heir to the throne of David in Isaiah 9:6-7.
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
Men and brethren, the account in Luke 1:31-33 tells us that this promise was fully fulfilled. It was fully fulfilled. In the Book of Micah – Micah the Prophet 5: the exact place of HIS birth was mentioned by this prophet.
2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,
Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
The One to be Ruler in Israel,
Whose goings forth are from of old,
Do you hear that? The prophet mentioned that Bethlehem will be the birthplace of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. Luke records that Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem – a City of David: there she delivered JESUS in a manger.
We can go on and on. What does all this leave us with? In the fullness of time the promises were kept; the prophecies were fulfilled. GOD never fails.
All that our LORD JESUS did during HIS Earthly life was to fulfill promises and prophecies in the fullness of time.
2. The second thing we will learn from this is that, the fullness of time is important to us today: because GOD is still busy.
GOD is still busy; GOD is in control. HE has appointed times and seasons. You need to wait for your own appointed time in obedience and commitment. That’s the requirement of GOD. You need to wait for the fullness of time.
Sometime last two weeks, a sister testified in our church, a sister who had been ruled out of marriage because of her age. But you can’t believe it that at the fullness of time – at the appointed time – it happened. She got married.
Yours is coming. At the fullness of time GOD will appear for you. Hear me and hear me well: GOD has made promises to you and to each and every one of HIS people. The good news is that because prophecy was fulfilled you can always rely on GOD. He fulfilled prophecies; HE kept promises. We can be sure that prophecy can be fulfilled. We can trust GOD. What GOD has spoken with HIS mouth HE has power to fulfill with HIS hand. All the promises are confirmed in JESUS.
Hear me! It does not matter what you are going through or what you are dealing with – GOD will show up at HIS appointed time. That’s what the fullness of time means.
At GOD’s own appointed time: in the fullness of time – GOD sent HIS SON; and it will still be in the fullness of time that GOD will show up.
Has anyone ruled you out and said you cannot make it? Has anyone told you forget it; you are wasting your time? They may seem right because nothing is happening now. But wait for the fullness of time – GOD will show up for you – GOD will keep HIS promises.
The last thing we want to say before we close is,
3. Do you have a role to play in the fullness of time? Yes: of course – we have roles to play: the role of obedience and commitment.
The role of obedience and commitment.
In the Gospel of Luke 13:10-13 the bible tells us of a particular woman. The bible says, our LORD JESUS was teaching in the synagogue; and HE said, lo and behold, a woman who had the spirit of infirmity for eighteen years and was bent over and could not raise herself was there in the synagogue. With that condition she came to the synagogue regularly. She did not come to beg. She was a regular attendee to the synagogue. The bible says, but when JESUS saw her: when JESUS saw her. So that day was her own fullness of time. When JESUS noticed her – when JESUS saw her.
Let’s see what happened when JESUS saw her: Then JESUS called her to HIMSELF, and JESUS spoke, woman you are loosed from your infirmity. HE proceeded and laid hands on her, and immediately she was made straight; and glorified GOD. That day was her own fullness of time to be free from the spirit of infirmity. Recall that she was not in her house on a Sabbath day but in the synagogue – the right place at the right time.
Some of us are not committed to growing in grace and in obedience. You can step into your fullness of time in obedience and commitment.
And I stand in the Name of our LORD JESUS CHRIST and command in HIS Name, be loosed from your infirmity! Be loosed from your bondage! Be free from all your infirmities. In the Name of JESUS, step into your fullness of time, and receive the things GOD has promised: because you can be a recipient of the blessing of GOD.
You have not given your life to JESUS? What are you waiting for? You are delaying your fullness of time. JESUS wants to show up in your case. Come and make commitment to be a child of GOD. Come to HIM: because I want to pray for you now. I want to ask GOD to come into your life so that you can step into your own fullness of time.
Mighty JESUS, we have spoken YOUR Word. We have mentioned to YOUR people that YOU have a time and a season, and none of us knows it. But in our obedience and commitment to YOU the fullness of time will come, and YOU will fulfill YOUR promise. I pray that as many today that are queuing into this message and trusting and believing YOU YOU, O GOD our FATHER, will show up in their case, and their fullness of time will result into a solution of their lives’ problems…in JESUS’ Mighty Name. Amen!