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GOSPELS AND ACTS. PREPARATION OF WORLD FOR CHRIST’S COMING. INTRODUCTION. Preparation of the World for Christ’s Coming “Fullness of Time” Gal 4:4 “But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son…”

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gospels and acts





Preparation of the World for Christ’s Coming “Fullness of Time”

  • Gal 4:4 “But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son…”
  • Eph 1:9-10 “He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment…”
  • Titus 1:3 “And at His appointed season He brought His Word to light through the preaching entrusted to me…”
  • Christ born at proper time
A. Jewish elements – Religious
  • 1. Divine selection ofIsrael
  • Exodus 19:5-6—special relationship
  • 2. Divine revelation in Scripture

a. Monotheism

  • b. Law
  • c. Messianic prophecies
To David — 2 Samuel 7:12-1612When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong I will punish him with the rod of men, with floggings inflicted by men. 15But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, who I removed before you. 16Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me, and your throne will be established forever.
  • Perpetual kingdom — Father-Son relationship
To Judah by Jeremiah — Jeremiah 29:10-11This is what the Lord says: 10“When 70 years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place. 11For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
  • Positive purpose after Babylonian captivity
To Israel by Isaiah. Isaiah 10:24-25, 11:1-224Therefore, this is what the Lord, the Lord Almighty, says, “Oh my people who live in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrians, who beat you with a rod and lift up a club against you, as Egypt did. 25Very soon my anger against you will end and my wrath will be directed to their destruction.” …11:1A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a branch will bear fruit. 2The spirit of the Lord will rest upon him…
  • Ultimate revival of Davidic Kingdom
Of virgin birth and birthplace. Isaiah 7:14; 9:6 and Micah 5:2
  • 7:14Therefore the Lord will give you a sign: the virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and you will call Him Immanuel… 9:6For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, the government will be upon His shoulders, he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Supernatural nature of child
  • 5:2But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come from Me one who will be ruler over Israel whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.
  • Bethlehem
3. Jewish Messianic expectation
  • 4. Dispersion of the Jewsmajor captivities 721/586 minor captivities business opportunities
  • Exposed world to true God and Scripture
  • 5. Synagogue worship
  • An alternate worship center
  • 6. Septuagint(LXX or 70) – 180 B. C.
  • Greek Translation of O.T.
7 religious climate of israel
7.Religious climateof Israel
  • a. Major religious groups: PhariseesSadducees
  • Focus: ReligiousPolitical
  • Language: HebrewGreek
  • Worship: SynagogueTemple
  • Emphasis: LegalismRitual
  • Beliefs: SupernaturalAnti-supernatural
  • works salvation or covenant relationship
  • innumerable regulations
  • c. Proselytism
B. Greek elements - cultural
  • Alexander the Great 334-323 BC
  • 1. Greek language- unified Greek language - internationalized Greek language
  • 2. Greek customs
  • - Greek way of life
  • 3.Greekphilosophy
  • - dualism
  • - soul eternal
  • - dignity of people
c roman elements political
C. Roman Elements -Political
  • 1. Roman unification of world
  • 2. Roman peace
  • 3. Roman law and order
  • 4. Roman citizenship
  • 5. Roman roads
  • 6. Roman moral and religious degeneration
  • 7. Roman recognition of Judaism
  • 8. Roman political control of Israel