The Risen Body is a beautiful reality of His Presence in us.
While listening this morning, the Holy Spirit brought to my attention the literal Greek in 2Pe 1:16-17 regard "para" (G3844) as it relates par-ousia (G3952). And He intimated that how we understand “para” in 2Pe 1:17 is how we should understand “par-ousia” in 2Pe 1:16. Here is a quote of the passage:
…and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father…
“Coming” is par-ousia, which is para + ousia. “From” is the word “para”. Please read though what sounds technical to the underlying reality of knowing Him as the Father reveals (John 14:23).
In Greek, “para” means alongside, beside, and at hand with a sense of source and provision. There is an idea of intimate participation in providing and supply from alongside a person especially when “para” precedes a genitive case noun, as it does here. The genitive case essentially means, “belonging to and sourcing from.” Therefore, a fuller way of translating the phrase “from God the Father” is “from alongside what belongs to and sources from Father God.”
Par-ousia is a combination of this “para” idea and “ousia”, which means, “being and existing.” Thus, par-ousia is the provision of being and existing from a source that is at hand, near and alongside the person. It is very much the same idea the Gospel of Mathew finishes with in Mat 28:20, “I am always ‘with you to effect’…”
It is another way of looking at Col 1:27. Christ is within you folks. Therefore, that is the expectation of the glory cloud of His Presence filling the spiritual temple made out of spiritual stones that we are as 1Pe 2:5 says. Right? We are that cube-shaped “naos” that His Presence fills into every crack of where the stones make contact with each other. It is more than hope, but also expectation as two, or three or more gather per Mat 18:20.
(As a side note, the first occurrence of the word “parousia” in the NT happens in Mat 24:3. I’ve been in Mat 24:3 and Mark 13:3 lately seeing how Jesus eclipses the physical building to describe Himself as the Risen Structure that we are built into just how He described it in John 2:19-21.).
These connections between “para” and “parousia” can be easily missed in English. Still knowing all this is only useful as a springboard into the actual reality of Him known as He is in the here and now (2Pe 1:4, 1Jo 3:2).