Gift of the Spirit, Last Days, Pentecost

The Ends of the Ages

The Apostle links the start of the “last days” with the death and resurrection of the Son of God. The time of fulfillment has arrived, and all God’s promises now find their “yea and amen” in him. “In these last days,” God has “spoken” His definitive “word” in His Son.

And Paul declares that the church consists of those men and women upon whom the “ends of the ages have come.” While the term “last days” is not frequent in his letters, the Apostle does demonstrate his understanding that History’s final era has commenced with the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth; therefore, nothing will ever be the same again.

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End of the Age, Parousia, Resurrection

Final Events

In writing to the Corinthians, Paul outlines the events that will occur at or precede the “arrival” or ‘parousia’ of Jesus, one of several Greek terms applied by him to Christ’s future coming. Regardless of which term he uses, he always refers to one “coming,” “revelation,” or “appearance” of Jesus at the end of the age, not two.

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