But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. - Galatians 4:4-5
Alexander the Great, the great king of Greece, desired to rule the world. In just ten years he conquered the entire civilized world. As he amassed all of his kingdoms, he grew concerned about the various languages and cultures of the people he was overtaking. Alexander solved his dilemma by colonizing his kingdoms. In other words, he would bring them under the culture of the Greeks. But Alexander did not realize that he was not building the kingdom for himself; he was actually only a pawn in the big chess game of life. He was just an individual that God was moving to accomplish His purposes.
One of the ways Alexander colonized his kingdoms was by having his subjects learn the Greek language. This way, no matter where he went, he could speak the language of the land. Alexander also built vast highways and roads over all of his provinces so that he could have access to his ever-expanding kingdom. By the time Alexander died at thirty-three, he had actually designed a world perfect for preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ. The roads he paved were ideal for first-century missionaries to take the gospel to the world. And the universality of the Greek language made it possible to share the gospel with people of various cultures from various lands. Unbeknownst to him, Alexander established the language and the roadways that made spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to the masses a reality.
The Apostle Paul said, "when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son" (Galatians 4:4). God used Alexander's colonization of the world to help usher in the fullness of time. You see, God's fingerprints are all over history. Alexander didn't realize that history is His story. God is in control.
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