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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Fullness of Time

   You may have heard that phrase that Christ's coming was in the "fullness of time".  There are many interpretations as to this phrase's true meaning.  The fullness of time refers to the readiness of believers to accept a Savior.  And it also refers to conditions at that particular time in the era such as language and transportation.  You have no doubt heard the phrase, also, that "all roads lead to Rome".  The building of the Appian Way and subsequent connecting roads, made it possible for people to travel far and wide in their world at the time.  The Romans were great road builders and trade and commerce depended on an expedient way to travel. Today I am showing how history coincided with God's intention to present His son at just the right time....

From Wikapedia:  The Appian Way...

Remains of the Appian Way in Rome, near Quarto Miglio
The Appian Way (Latin and Italian: Via Appia) was one of the earliest and strategically most important Roman roads of the ancient republic. It connected Rome to Brindisi, Apulia, in southeast Ita
ly. Its importance is indicated by its common name, recorded by Statius:[1][2]
Appia teritur regina longarum viarum
"the Appian way is commonly said to be the queen of the long roads"
The road is named after Appius Claudius Caecus, the Roman censor who began and completed the first section as a military road to the south in 312 BC during the Samnite Wars.

And also, Alexander the Great, the conqueror, declared Greek to be the National language.

The New Testament is an anthology, a collection of works written at different times by various authors. In almost all Christian traditions today, the New Testament consists of 27 books. The original texts were written beginning around AD 50 in Koine Greek, the lingua franca of the eastern part of the Roman Empire where they were composed. All of the works which would eventually be incorporated into the New Testament would seem to have been written no later than the mid-2nd century.[1]

A common language  made it easier to spread the word of the Gospel and the roadways made it easier for the apostles to travel to major cities to spread the word.  So the
1. People were ready (they were anxious for the Savior to come).
2. Conditions were ripe.(the people were oppressed by the Laws of the Old Testament.
3. Travel was easier. (The roads were made to major cities).
4. A common language was spoken (Greek)

The Lord had previously administered discipline to His creations through banishment (the Loss of Eden), plagues, floods, etc.  When the time was right and in His choosing, the Lord presented us with the perfect lamb, Christ Jesus, His only begotten son, to atone for all of our sins and from that moment on, the only way to eternal life was through His son Jesus.  Jesus died for all of our sins so that nothing would have to be sacrificed again.  In the Old Testament, the sacrificing of lambs was a common practice.  The loss of your eternal soul is truly the ultimate punishment.

The Lord has given us the opportunity to be saved, to be forgiven of our sins no matter how scarlet they may be and He will never think of them again.  The Bible tells us so. All you need do is invite Jesus into your heart and then I always prayed, " Let the joy of my salvation be in my heart and on my lips".  Let the others see Christ in you every day by your actions and by the words that come out of your mouth.
Thank you so much for visiting today and I hope you will take away a blessing with you.  Hubby has been having a rough time with the Multiple Myeloma recently and I have not posted as often as I would like.  Thank you for your faithfulness in visiting and  do come back again soon. Hugs and love in the Lord,


Ginny said...

So these pictures are the original road? Has it ever been re-done or repaired? I didn't know much of this, really interesting!! You took these pictures?

Eagle Altitude said...

Hi Kerrie,

I have never heard the phrase "All roads lead to Rome", though my family and I were very recently discussing how Paul had been able to travel around to many places, despite not having 'transportation' in the way we know. Complaining about jumping into a car or bus to travel a five minute journey, but back then the people were willing at all costs to spread the Good News.

Thank you for expanding my knowledge with this informative post.

Have a blessed day!

Kerrie said...

I am so blessed that you took away a little something you did not know previously! And just think how rough those roads were, hardly navigable but rather a great guide to the cities by following them.

David C Brown said...

I remember my father quoting a preacher speaking about the four kingdoms:
Nebuchadnezzar set out God's thought in absolute monarchy;
The Medo-Persians set out an unchangeable law;
The Greeks provided a language in which God's word was written;, and
The Romans provided the roads on which the gospel could be spread.

Grace be with you in present needs.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Thankfully, only God knows; it would be dangerous for the rest of us should one of us have that knowledge. Great post, Kerrie; thoroughly enjoyable, informative and inspirational.

Connie Arnold said...

Thank you so much for the post, Kerrie, the information and inspiration you share in it!