“But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” – Galatians 4:4-5
The foundation of the Church was never disconnected from the events taking place in the world around it. The early church did not believe that the coming of Christ was by random chance. They believed that God had been preparing the world for such a time as this. God worked to bring the world to a point in time in which Jesus could come and fulfill His mission. This means that everything from the current state of Judaism to the Greco-Roman world were the way they were for the express purpose of allowing Jesus to accomplish redemption and salvation for all who would believe in His name. The world that Christianity was born into provided avenues that allowed for the proclamation of the Gospel to take root and allowed the New Covenant relationship to spread throughout the known world. That friends is an awful lot to sink your teeth into. Isn’t God amazing!
Over the next few months, I plan to post about some of the major ways in which God had prepared the world for the coming of Christ and the founding of His Church! I hope you will be encouraged and edified in the process. May God richly bless you all!