Almost every time you read eternal in most Bibles you are reading a translation error. Does that scare you?
The Greek word aion means an age of time(not forever)…and it’s adjectives like aionios and aionian like all adjectives, describe the noun…they describe the age of time.
The words Eternity and eternal are NOT TIME WORDS. Most people today think that eternity is a very long time…time without end. But eternity is outside of time. Time was created by the Father. Eternity is.
God is the I AM. He is not a very old person. You cannot measure how old God is for He has NO BEGINNING AND NO END. He is the Eternal One…who created time as part of His whole creation.
When you die your spirit leaves your body and as such–is in eternity proper. There is No time in the spirit it is God’s realm. But God’s plan is that we be resurrected into physical bodies again. Those in heaven now long to be in a new body again. Without a body the spirit cannot express itself. A spirit can not eat and drink as Jesus Himself said. A spirit cannot touch or be touched. A spirit cannot tell someone they love them. A spirit cannot build anything –We need a physical body and a soul to unite with our spirit to make us complete humans in the likeness of God.
Thus heaven is NOT THE GOAL of the believer! The resurrection is our goal. Coming back into the physical world that God made, but this time in a resurrected body like Jesus has. Back to time…I got diverted, thx Lord Jesus!
Time that has already passed is HIStory…and History is broken up or expressed during many eons or aions or ages of time. Just as there are yet more ages of time in the future. For instance we are told that there will be a 1000 year age of time when Christ Jesus returns. Paul also says God shall declare(show) the Good news of His saving grace in the ages to come–Eph 2:7
When we talk about receiving eternal life we do so because that is what most Bible translations say. It is not correct. It is correct to say that we receive the life(zoe) of the age to come.
That age to come is what all Jews look forward to –the Age of Messiah as spoken of in the Psalms and the Prophets. We call it the Messianic reign or the Millenium.
The life of the age to come ensures that we rule and reign with Jesus during that age.
However we can miss that Age, hence Jesus’ many warnings. But if we think in terms of eternal life and eternal punishment then much of the Scriptures do not make sense.
Eternity is not given much attention by God in the Scriptures. We are only given a peek into what the future ages still yet to come shall be like. But these are all periods of time…unknown lengths of time at that.
After the last Age has come to it’s end and all things have been accomplished which God set out to do…THEN…eternity.
I wrote it that way—then eternity…because eternity does NOT BEGIN. It is not related to time in any way!! Eternity is!! Trouble is we have had centuries and centuries of wrong teaching and wrong definitions from the wrong word used by translators –who by the way were humans just like you and me.
Now I know I am treading on toes and touching sacred cows here…Many will say that the Holy Bible–the English version they mean…is without error, infallible!! No. The Greek and Hebrew versions were without error — but translators ever since have been influenced by their learning and church background as to what they thought a word meant.
Anyway here are the verses in the NKJV containing “aeonian” which have been wrongly translated as eternal. “It is the Life of the age”…or age unfolding life….or age abiding life….NOT eternal.
Mat_19:16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal(aeonion) life?
Mat_25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting(aeonion) punishment: but the righteous into life eternal(aeonion).
Mar_3:29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal (aeonion)damnation:
Mar_10:17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inheriteternal(aeonion) life?
Mar_10:30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal(aeonion) life.
Luk_10:25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal (aeonion)life?
Luk_18:18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal (aeonion)life?
Joh_3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but haveeternal(aeonion) life.
Joh_4:36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life(aeonion)eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
Joh_5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal(aeonion)life: and they are they which testify of me.
Joh_6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal(aeonion)life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
Joh_6:68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal(aeonion) life.
Joh_10:28 And I give unto them eternal(aeonion) life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
Joh_12:25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life(aeonion) eternal.
Joh_17:2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should giveeternal(aeonion) life to as many as thou hast given him.
Joh_17:3 And this is life eternal(aeonion), that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
Act_13:48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal(aeonion) life believed.
Rom_1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal( aidios)power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Rom_2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal(aeonion) life:
Rom_5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal(aeonion) life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
Rom_6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal(aeonion)life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
2Co_4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal(aeonion) weight of glory;
2Co_4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal(aeonion).
2Co_5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal (aeonion)in the heavens.
Eph_3:11 According to the eternal(aion) purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:
1Ti_1:17 Now unto the King eternal(aion), immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
1Ti_6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal(aeonion) life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
1Ti_6:19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal (aeonion)life.
2Ti_2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal(aeonion) glory.
Tit_1:2 In hope of eternal(aeonion) life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
Tit_3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal(aeonion) life.
Heb_5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal(aeonion)salvation unto all them that obey him;
Heb_6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal(aeonion) judgment.
Heb_9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal(aeonion)redemption for us.
Heb_9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal(aeonion)Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Heb_9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal(aeonion)inheritance.
1Pe_5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal(aeonion)glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
1Jn_1:2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal(aeonion) life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
1Jn_2:25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, eveneternal(aeonion) life.
1Jn_3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal(aeonion) life abiding in him.
1Jn_5:11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal(aeonion) life,and this life is in his Son.
1Jn_5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal (aeonion)life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.