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Addenda (1)

 

1 Corinthians 15:22-28

End-of-Time Scenario

 

  1 Corinthians 15:22-28  22For as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. 23But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming [Gk. parousia] those who belong to Christ. 24Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after he has destroyed every ruler and every authority and power. 25For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27For ‘God has put all things in subjection under his feet.’ But when it says, ‘All things are put in subjection,’ it is plain that this does not include the one who put all things in subjection under him. 28When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to the one who put all things in subjection under him, so that God may be all in all.
     

The Implied Scenario

   •  The resurrection of Christ

   •  The coming (again) of Christ [ = parousia]

   •  The resurrection of those who belong to Christ

   •  The destruction of every ruler/authority/power (all enemies are put under his feet, including death; the reign of Christ)

   •  The end [Gk telos]; he hands over the kingdom to God the Father

   •  The Son is subjected to the Father

 

Correlation with 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18?

  Some overlapping is evident, so far as Christ’s coming again and the resurrection of believers are concerned. 1 Thessalonians has more to say about the fate of those believers who have died before the Lord’s coming, while 1 Corinthians is more concerned with Christ’s triumph over all adversaries (and especially, over death), and turns out to be more Christological than apocalyptic.

 

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

1 Corinthians 15:22-28

  The resurrection of Christ
The archangel’s call and the sound of God’s trumpet  
The Lord’s descent from heaven with a cry of command The coming (again) of Christ  [ = parousia]
The resurrection of the dead in Christ The resurrection of those who belong to Christ
The meeting with the Lord in the air, as the living are caught up in the clouds with the resurrected dead  
Existence in the presence of the Lord forever  
  The destruction of every ruler/authority/power (all enemies are put under his feet, including death; the reign of Christ)
  The end [Gk telos]; he hands over the kingdom to God the Father
  The Son is subjected to the Father

 

Revised June 21, 2003

 

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