Meaning of Maranatha

What is Maranatha:

Maranatha means 'the Lord is coming'. It is the transcription of the Greek word μαραναθα (maranatha), which in turn comes from the expression of Aramaic origin mâran "athâ.

As such, this expression appears only once in the Bible. It was used by Pablo de Tarso at the end of the First Epistle to the Corinthians when he warns: “Whoever does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed [cursed]. Maranatha! [the Lord is coming] ”(1 Corinthians, 16:22).

Maranatha, the term itself, has given rise to different interpretations. In the context in which it is used by Paul, for example, it can be understood as a warning to the unbelievers or as an affirmation of hope in the return of Christ. This second sense has multiple arguments in its favor.

Passages abound in the Bible that allude to the imminent return of Jesus to Earth. In Philippians, for example: “Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is near ”(4: 5). Or in Santiago: “You also have patience, and establish your hearts; for the coming of the Lord draws near ”(5: 8). Even Jesus Christ himself confirms it by promising his return in a passage from the book of Revelation: "Certainly, I am coming shortly" (22: 20 b).

On the other hand, it is also affirmed that the expression was used as a greeting among Christian brothers in ancient times. In fact, some congregations continue to use it in this way today.

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