Religious Beliefs

What is the Parousia?

According to the New Testament, Jesus promised his followers that he would come in glory at the end of the world as Lord and Judge. This coming of Christ in glory is called the “Parousia.” The Greek word literally means presence or arrival. The ceremonial entry of a king or triumphant conqueror into a city was called a “parousia.” In this final coming Christ will be recognized as Lord of all. Christians from the very start have looked forward with confident hope to the final coming of Christ in glory. The early Christians’ prayer “Marana tha,” Aramaic for “Our Lord, come!” (I Corinthians 16:22), was an expression of their eager desire to see the final triumph of Jesus’ saving work.


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