Original Research

’n Betekenisdefinisie van παρουσία as wederkomswoord

H.P. Malan van Rhyn, Gert J.C. Jordaan
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 54, No 1 | a2479 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v54i1.2479 | © 2020 H.P. Malan van Rhyn, Gert J.C. Jordaan | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 April 2019 | Published: 11 December 2020

About the author(s)

H.P. Malan van Rhyn, The Unit for Reformational Theology and the Development of the South African Society, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa; and Department of Biblical Studies, Faculty of Educational and Biblical Studies, AROS, Pretoria, South Africa
Gert J.C. Jordaan, The Unit for Reformational Theology and the Development of the South African Society, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa

Abstract

A definition of the meaning of παρουσία as a concept denoting the second coming. In the New Testament several Greek words are used to denote the second coming of Christ. None of these words can be translated as ‘second coming’. The questions arise whether these words can be treated as exact synonyms and whether there are differences in nuance in the meaning. As a first step to answer these questions, a word study of the concept παρουσία, which is usually used as a technical term for the second coming, is done. In this word study diachronic and synchronic methods are used. Finally, a definition of the meaning of παρουσία is reached: It is the visible second coming and comforting presence of Jesus Christ from heaven to his people on earth, at the end of time, in glory as Godly Ruler, King, Conqueror, Judge and Lord, for which his people have prepared and which will be accompanied by praise and worship, which will encourage his followers with hope because He will change their situation for the better by redeeming them for eternity.

Keywords

New Testament; παρουσία; definition of meaning; second coming; advent.

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