"When the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth...

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"When the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son," the Bible tells us. When the realization of the insufficiency of Jewish rites and statutes dawned upon the Hebrew people, and a yearning after the consciousness of God's child and his all-loving, all-powerful Principle, Love, reached its culmination, there was found an instrument prepared by the all-loving Father, which in purity received the thought emanating from Him and was fitted to bring it into expression. Jesus was born of a virgin, and thus the way to the Father opened up to humanity.

This most significant word of Paul has been fulfilled time and again in the destiny of nations. The appearing of great, regenerating ideas has always taken place "when the fulness of the time was come." God's hour and His ways are not to be measured according to small human standards, neither has God's instrument ever been chosen in accordance with human prudence. "When the fulness of the time was come," Luther appeared,—the simple, meek, God-reliant miner's son from Thuringia, and brought religious freedom to thought constrained by priestly garments. The Bible was given to the German people with all its wealth of truth and inspiration, and the Reformation advanced through the lands where thought had matured and consequently there was readiness to receive it.

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