God's Gift to the World
Galatians 4:4-5
But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,…

An epitome of the scheme of redemption — an outline of the gospel plan — an abbreviating system of Christian divinity.


1. The illustrious Person spoken of.

2. This illustrious Person was divinely commissioned.

3. The nature which He assumed.

4. The obligations to Which He was liable.

(1) He was subject to the ceremonial law. He was circumcised, and presented in the temple; He worshipped in the synagogues, went up to the feasts, etc.

(2) He was under the moral law. He lived it; and in all He spake, and did, and thought, He honoured it. He kept it, in all its extent, perfectly. He also taught it, spiritualized and vindicated it.

(3) He was under both the ceremonial and moral law in His mediatorial capacity. He was both the Victim for sin and the High Priest of our profession.

5. The peculiar period of His manifestation.

(1) The time referred to by the prophets.

(2) After the world had been sufficiently informed as to the event, in various ways and forms, from the first promise to the last prophecy given.

(3) When all means for man's restoration had proved totally inadequate.

(4) When the world was in a state of profound peace.

(5) When there was a general expectation of Him, especially among the Jews.

(6) At that particular time, fixed upon as the best, by the infinite wisdom of God.


1. That we might obtain redemption.

2. That we might receive adoption.

3. That believers might thus enjoy redemption and the adoption of sons.Learn:

1. The way in which redemption has been effected.

2. The invaluable blessings it presents before us.

3. The importance of a saving, personal interest in them.

4. Exhort the guilty and perishing to believe and have life.

(J. Burns, D. D.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

WEB: But when the fullness of the time came, God sent out his Son, born to a woman, born under the law,

Christ's Mission for the Adoption of Sons in the Fulness of Time
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