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Making Sense of the Sequence of Events in 1 Corinthians 15:23-28

1 Corinthians 15:23-28. In 15:23 Paul indicates the sequence of resurrection; “But each in his own order (Ἕκαστος δὲ ἐν τῷ ἰδίῳ τάγματι): Christ the first fruits (ἀπαρχὴ Χριστός), after that those who are Christ’s at His coming (ἔπειτα οἱ τοῦ χριστοῦ ἐν τῇ παρουσίᾳ αὐτοῦ).”[1] It is clear that Paul is indicating a sequence by his use of the term “order, τάγμα,” which denotes rank in the “economy of resurrection.”[2] Read more…

A Quick Note on the Parousia of Christ.

The Below is an excerpt from my Thesis currently in work and as such is copyrighted material.

1 Thess. 2.19. F.F. Bruce comments, “This is the earliest occurrence in literature of παρουσια in its distinctive Christian sense of the advent of Christ in glory.”[1] In this passage, Paul considers his spiritual children as his joy (χαρά) or crown (στέφανος).[2] The Thessalonian community came to faith as a result of Paul’s ministry and as such he considers them his crown, because at the parousia, he would be rewarded for his efforts in bringing them to faith. Hence, judgment was expected at Christ’s parousia. Read more…

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