It is quite true that Paul does not directly attack the speculative position, but rather indicates the practical dangers inherent therein (the denial of the supremacy of Christ and of full salvation through Him); he does not say that the errorists hold Christ to be a mere angel or an aeon, or that words like pleroma (borrowed perhaps from their own vocabulary) involve a rigorous dualism.
This they called " the present aeon " (age).
This victory inaugurates the entrance of the " aeon to come," in which the faithful Jews would enter their inheritance.
Only they must " make haste to do aright," lest while they delay the tower be finished (4.4), and the new aeon dawn (after the final tribulation: cf.
AEON, a term often used in Greek (aion) to denote an indefinite or infinite duration of time; and hence, by metonymy, a being that exists for ever.