"So," Jesus says, "when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates." Then follows Jesus' promise that has bedeviled the church at least since Paul 's day in seeming so at odds with the so-called "delay of the parousia
:" "Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place." (See Ben Witherington's Jesus, Paul and the End of the World [Chicago: InterVarsity Press, 1992), pp.
PAUL AND THE PAROUSIA
: AN EXEGETICAL AND THEOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION.
The letter's emphasis on the parousia
ties in with Paul's insistence on the Thessalonians' election and placing by God, 1: 4; 2: 12; 4: 7; 5: 9, 24.
There is no "christological vacation" in the sense that someone or something other than Christ mediates between God and us during the time between the Resurrection and the parousia
Luke expected the full inclusion of Israel at the parousia
There is a dialectic between bishops and religious that will continue until we are all taken up into the Parousia
In general his exposition is clear and persuasive, though in a few cases, such as the discussion of the "imminent expectation" of the parousia
, I found the multiplication of authors and positions rather involved, even bewildering.
Early Christianity has thus been characterized as a movement eagerly awaiting the Parousia
and the winding up of history.(2) More recently there has been a long-overdue questioning of this consensus, which has so pervaded the interpretation of the New Testament, and serious doubts have been raised about the understanding of apocalyptic which undergirds it.(3) Ancient apocalypses (of which Revelation is the prime example) can no longer be seen as little more than a collection of predictions about the end of the world.
Jesus' resurrection is not surprisingly related to Christians' spiritual renewal on earth but more importantly to their eschatological destiny at the parousia
of the Lord.
Among the early believers there was also the ardent hope that the Parousia
, Christ's final and second coming, would coincide with the Passover-Easter feast.
The tracks are "Cappadocia", "Quo Vadis (Where Are You Going)?", "Valley of Swords and Roses", "Parousia
(A Presence)", "That Which Is Hidden", "Chapel of Stone", "Dove Visions", and "Trinity".
His theme was 'Parousia
' and he explained that this meant 'I am coming' which is the message from Jesus about events yet to occur.