But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,…
I. WHEN ROME HAD REACHED THE ZENITH of her power and influence.
II. WHEN CIVILIZATION HAD ATTAINED HER UTMOST DEVELOPMENT.
1. Politically the world was one as it had never been before and has never been since.
2. Intellectually. Except, perhaps, the golden age of Greece, without a parallel. Cicero, Lucretius, Caesar, Pliny, Juvenal. Philosophy now in her prime.
3. Materially: every source open from which pleasure could be derived.
III. WHEN MEN HAD FATHOMED THE LOWEST DEPTHS OF DEGRADATION. The fulness of time was marked by —
1. Disgusting licentiousness.
2. Inhuman cruelty.
3. Widespread practice of suicide.
4. Blank atheism.
5. Utter despair.
(J. Macgregor, D. D.)
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