Billie Silvey
Time in Scripture
Time is used in scripture in two distinct ways, as indicated by the
Greek words
chronos and kairos.

Chronos refers to measured time--the seconds, minutes, hours, days,
months and years that go together to make up our lives.  It has to do
with the quantity of time or the duration of a period.  It is used in this
way in the following contexts:

“Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the
exact
time the star had appeared� (Matthew 2:7).

“Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been
with us the whole
time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us�
(Acts 1:21).

Kairos refers to God’s time--the perfect time according to his
plan.  It relates to the characteristics or quality of the period, to its due
measure or fitness.  It is used in this sense in the following contexts:

“There is a
time (chronos) for everything,
and a
season (kairos) for every activity under heaven:
a
time (kairos) to be born and a time (kairos) to die,
a
time (kairos) to plant and a time (kairos) to uproot...�
(Ecclesiastes 3:1-2).

“After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee proclaiming
the good news of God.  â€˜The
time has come,’ he said.  â€˜The
kingdom of God is near.  Repent and believe the good news!’â€�
(Mark 1:14-15).

“He replied, ‘Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, â
€œThe Teacher says: My appointed
time is near.  I am going to
celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house�’�
(Matthew 26:18).

Each of us is born and lives in a particular period of time.  But which of
us knows if we may have come into the world for just such a time as
this?
January 2006
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