I heard the word “Parousia” and was led to look at its meaning once again. The Lord had given it to me a few years ago, and I am so grateful He brought it back to my mind for my refreshing and also, so that I could share what He revealed to me with you.
The “Parousia” is a life in the presence of God-…. It is the ongoing, progressive unfolding of Himself. I Thes. 5: 23-24 says: “And the very God of peace sanctify you holy; and I pray your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless IN (not UNTIL or UNTO) the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”
There is a huge difference between being preserved UNTIL the coming of the Lord as has been translated in most Bibles, and being preserved IN the presence of the Lord. The Greek word “EN” in this scripture should be correctly translated “IN”. The words that mean “until” (mechri, heos, achri) are not found in this passage.
How important it is brethren, that we not assume every word in the Bible has been translated correctly. 1 Thes. 5: 23-24 has made me realize that one word mistranslated can alter an entire meaning of a scripture. How many other mistranslated words are there? How many of us are open to changing our beliefs? How many will diligently seek to have the truth revealed to us when we hear something that is contrary to what we’ve been taught that has been widely accepted by the church? The saving of our souls is dependent upon it.
I picture a multitude of people dressed in costumes thinking that they are properly dressed for the destiny they’ve been called to. Alas, many are called, but few are chosen. Oh people of God, may we not be like the man who was not attired in the right clothing for the wedding. (Matthew 22: 11-13) Clothes represent our thoughts and beliefs, and if we have erroneous ones, our fate will be like his…. We won’t be able to come into union (the wedding) with the Lord because of it.
Hear it: We shall be preserved blameless ONLY if we dwell IN Him…. ONLY if the truth is found in us and ONLY if we are found in the truth (Himself.) It’s time to get rid of all our costumes and our masks so that the face of the Lord will be seen in His people,….
even His glory!