“But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,” – Galatians 4:4 (NIV)
The people of God had been anticipating the coming of their Messiah for quite some time. Although many began to doubt, others stayed hopeful. The coming of the Messiah marked the salvation of the Jews and the reign of their King. But God had different plans. Timely plans that were according to his purpose.
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,”(ESV)
“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,”(KJV)
“But when the end of time arrived, God sent his Son and he was from a woman and was under The Written Law,”(Aramaic Bible in plain English)
There is a lot being explained in this short verse, making it a key verse in Scripture.
This verse draws our attention to the fact that the time had come when God decided it was right for Jesus Christ the Messiah to enter the world, as well as, how the Messiah should come into the world, and how the Messiah’s birth would pertain to God’s law.
As written in the original Greek, the phrase “time had fully come,” refers specifically to completion or what is filled.
God had decided that the time for both the Jew and Gentiles was complete. The appointed time for the Messiah to come into the world had come.
The Messiah, who is God in the flesh, will be born of woman, which will make him as a man. However, because the Messiah would be conceived through virgin birth, he would not carry the sinful seed of Adam.
Under Mosaic law, mankind was dead through the sin of Adam. However, soon, through the death of Jesus Christ, mankind would be redeemed from that sin through the shedding of Christ’s blood.
“For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.”
– 1 Corinthians 15:22
The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.