Fullness of Time

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son...” (v. 4) “Fullness of time” (pleroma tou chronou) utilizes the word chronos, or clock-time (as contrasted to xairos, or the right time).  It’s as though grains of sand had been falling into the lower portion of an hourglass, and that flow has finally ceased.  High above Times Square on New Year’s Eve, an illuminated ball slowly descends, marking the fullness of time that is the end of a calendar year.  The old year is gone, never to return.  So, too, the old order that once pertained – before Jesus’ coming –  is ended.  A new order has begun.  We can no more go on living in the old order than we can pretend to keep living in the old year.