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According to the purpose of the eras

by Jean-Louis Coraboeuf

"According to the purpose of the eras [aion] which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Ephesians 3:11 Darby).

The Greek word aion defines a period of time, an age, an era, although it is often translated as the adjective 'eternal' (NKJV). We know the chronos time in which we live and the kairos time according to God's plan. Since the creation of the world, God has also eternal projects that are being performed. Thus God's time is defined with eras:

  • an era before Christ, called "ancient times" (Luke 1:70),

  • an era after Christ, called "this age" (Romans 12:2) or "this world" (Mark 4:19),

  • an era of a thousand years after the second coming of Jesus-Christ, called "that age" (Luke 20:35 NKJV) or "that world" (Luke 20:35 KJ21),

  • an era after the last judgement, called "forever and ever" (Revelation 20:10).

Through His Son, God made the eras [aion] (Hebrew 1:2), that is why they are marked out by the name of Jesus Christ.