Fullness of Time

What is fullness of time? As I have shared previously, Ian and I watched a moving Rob Bell video entitled Everything Is Spiritual (to read this entry, click here). In this, Rob talks about time. And as we know, we as human beings can only move forward in time. Time is linear. We cannot go to the left or right in time. Nor up or down in time… and we cannot move back in time. So based on a single line in space, we technically live in “halftime.” Now, before you think I’m making a funny towards football, think again. But God, in all His omnipotence, is obviously not limited to a line of time. He created time (see Genesis 1:14) and is able to view our 1/2 line of time from any angle or perspective He so desires. He is God and He is all knowing!

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
– Ephesians 1:7-10

So in absorbing the above scripture this morning, the term “fullness of time” popped out at me. In looking up the original meaning of the words (via the KJV with Strong’s online tool), this is what I found: The original greek word for fullness is pleroma, which means that which is (has been) filled, that which fills or with which a thing is filled, fullness, abundance, a fulfilling, keeping. And the original greek word for time is kairos, which means due measure or a measure of time, a larger or smaller portion of time, hence: a) a fixed and definite time, the time when things are brought to crisis, the decisive epoch waited for, b) opportune or seasonable time, c) the right time, d) a limited period of time, e) to what time brings, the state of the times, the things and events of time.

Whew! That’s a lot of time options! So combining fullness and time causes me to believe all aspects, perspectives and unknowns of time. God is going to gather ALL things (from heaven and earth!) in Himself at His time… the complete fullness of time. This brings me great comfort and joy in that He makes known the “mystery” of His will to us… His creation. What more cause to be mindful of the time He gives each of us and to entrust our simple “halftime” to Him, for His perspective of time is far greater than we can even fathom.

2 Responses to Fullness of Time

  • Michael A. Ryals says:

    Wow, I think it is great that you guys are witnessing via blog. I am sure you witness through example everyday. I wish I could be this strong and devoted all the time. At least this way anyone who is not in close proximity to a Reilly can surf by, and get some motivation. Keep it up :)

  • carolyn says:

    Thanks Mike. We’re just learning on the journey and willing to share how we’re growing… How are you? Where are you living now? Thanks for the encouraging words!