This text is used for the Lectionary Year A on November 27th, 2016.
It’s a common question. “What time is it?” A person may ask it in order to make it on time for an event or to know how much time is left before starting something else. The Greeks had two words for time. One word (chronos) was for the movement of time, and the other (kairos) was for the meaning of time. It is clear in this text that both meanings are relevant.
The Apostle Paul begins this passage with the phrase “besides this.” In general, he can be referring to his theological explanation of the gospel (Romans 1-11). This is his description of how God is at work in the world and in the church through Jesus Christ.