WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT

Andy Hollifield 6-15-17

Romans 5:6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: (7) Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

This term “due time” is only used 5 times in the bible. Of course, if you have been reading these articles very often, you know by now that five is the number of grace in scripture. You may also notice that both of the scriptures, although written by different writers, have the same chapter and verse and subject. In Deuteronomy 32:35, it is mentioned for the first time. Here, it is the Lord promising his people who “to me belongeth vengeance, and recompense; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste”. The short and most to the point definition of vengeance is “violent revenge”. God promises that he will exact revenge upon their enemies. Recompense means to “pay back” or reward someone for what they have done. The root word is compensate. It is a fearful thing to think of God paying someone back and exacting revenge on them. He was letting Israel know that “when the time was right” their enemies would get what they had coming so to speak.

The next verse is Romans 5:6 “For when we were yet without strength, “in due time” or when the time was right, “Christ died for the ungodly”. When we weren’t able to help ourselves, God’s Son gave his life for our sins when the time was right. In 1 Corinthians 15:8, Paul talks about seeing Christ although he was born in the wrong time. It may seem like you were born at the wrong time but just as the case was with Paul, you were born right when you were supposed to be.

Paul speaks to Timothy about Christ “who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified of “in due time” or when the time was right (1 Timothy 2:6). A ransom is simply the redemption of a prisoner, slave, or kidnapped person, of captured goods, etc…, for a price. Truly we were a prisoner to sin and Jesus redeemed us. Redeem means atoning for a fault. Jesus had no faults but he “was made sin for us” according to 2 Corinthians 5:21. We were a slave to our sins. We were “owned” by them. We conducted ourselves, not as we should but, according to our sinful nature. We were kidnapped in a sense, because Satan was trying to keep us away from God and would have succeeded had it not been for the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. Our “righteousnesses are as filthy rags” “…and our iniquities have taken us away”. Further and further away from God with no remedy for our depraved condition. No way to help ourselves cause we were without strength as we read earlier. Not since the fall of man in the garden of Eden had man had any hope. But, when the time was right; a way was made and a ransom paid. Now, due time has come for Jesus to be testified of because of what he did for me. He done it when I did what 1 Peter 5:6 tells us: “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time”. When I submitted to him because I was weak and unable to redeem myself, he redeemed me by his grace and then put me on display as his purchased possession and a prime example of what his grace can do. I don’t live up to the way he has exalted me. I am by no means worthy of what he has done for me.

Now that we have established the extent of our depravity, let us take a little more time to look at the extent of his grace. There is no way to realize the full extent of our depravity or his grace. But I know that there are folks reading this that are in storms in your life that you are sure you cannot survive. Psalms 124 starts off with these words, “if it had not been the Lord who was on our side”. Rest assured, it may not look like it right now, but the Lord is on your side. He will exalt you when the time is right. Often, it is just before your breaking point, when you think you can’t go another step. When you are tempted to throw in the towel and just give up. According to 1 Corinthians 10:13, you’re not the first one. I personally can guarantee you aren’t the first one and storms are just common to man. But “God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it”. There is something else I can personally guarantee; it came to pass. That exact phrase, “it came to pass” is used in the bible 452 times. Whatever it is, it didn’t come to stay but it came to pass. Your storm won’t be permanent and you will get through it. God’s grace is still sufficient for you. We will have one storm that will come to pass with us claiming the victory on the other side instead of in this life. But in the mean time, when the time is right, it will pass. All of them before have, and this one will be no different.

Well I guess I can wind it up now. I don’t know what else to say to help you. Whatever your storm, when the time is right, it will come to pass. I hope this has helped you and been an encouragement to you to know that you aren’t the only one to face the storm you are in. Many have faced it before and came out stronger after having seen and experienced the grace of God firsthand. In due time, God will exalt you. You are here to fulfill God’s purpose in your life, not your own. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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