The Fullness Of Time

9 Jan 2008 | Added by Michael Wells

The Fullness Of Time

Galatians 4:4, “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law.”

Interesting that Jesus came at the perfect time in history.  This perfect time included His people’s being surrounded and suffocated by an occupying force.  It was the perfect time because men would be less tempted to look around than up!  He basically said little about the government, such as, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s.”  Why?  In Pakistan I was scheduled to speak to a group of Muslims.  I was asked before the sermon, “What will you be saying against Islam?”  I responded, “I don’t teach Islam.”  Again a question came, “No, but what will you be saying against Islam?” I said, “I don’t preach Islam.”  Brothers, to teach against Islam is the same as teaching for it.  Islam would still occupy my mind and the minds of the listeners.  I don’t have time.  I will be teaching only Jesus.” I spoke for two hours on the way to live and then Who was the Way.  Over 40 Muslims believed in Jesus.  I don’t believe I would have seen those results had my sermon been against Islam.  Jesus just didn’t have time for politics, which are of the world and will die when the world is destroyed.  Why not talk about something that is permanent?  Because of the expanded awareness of Christ in me, I am becoming more and more disinterested in the world of politics.  To focus on it stirs my pride, angers me, makes me accuse men, fills me with fear, and has me debating facts – or, often, misinformation – and issues that in reality I don’t know about.  I have watched the evening news reporting on a place to which I have been going for enough years to know there is very little truth in what is being said.  The Koreans once said to me, “Do you know when the man representing the media and the news is lying?”  I said, “No, tell me!”  Their response was, “When his lips are moving.”  This is not the age of information but the age of misinformation, and perhaps there has never been a time in history when there was less truth being broadcast throughout the world.  Yet, we posses the TRUTH.  Jesus came at the perfect time and the focus was on Him, the Father, and the Kingdom.  We are finding ourselves in the perfect time for the focus to be on the same things.

Michael Wells

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# At 2:01am, November 26, 2015, Leon said:
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I honestly see value in both. Expository prheacing makes me preach things I might typically avoid or put off. If I am teaching verse by verse through a book of the Bible, I cannot avoid what is written. Also, I never get stuck on what to preach next, because the text dictates what is taught. Though I have been doing more and more expository prheacing, I will still preach a topical series from time to time, to address particular subjects that I might feel are pressing. However, I do see quite a bit of topical preachers take particular verses way out of context. As if they came up with the topic separate from study of Scripture and tried to find verses of text to fit their creative ideas. This, in my opinion, is the real danger of topical teaching.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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