Difference Between Aionios And Immortality

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Hi D____,
Thank you for your question.
James Strong admits that the words aion means “properly an age.” But then he, like all orthodox Christianity, brazenly adds to the Words of God and says “by extension, perpetuity.”
That “extension” comes straight from the false doctrines of Babylon. It never comes from the word of God which declares from Genesis to Revelation, that  in the end God will conquer sin in the lives of all of His creation:

Gen 4:6  And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
Gen 4:7  If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee [ shall be] his desire, and thou shalt rule over him [ sin].
1Jn 2:2  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for [ the sins of] the whole world.

Rev 20:13  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

The “lake of fire” is judgment. Nowhere in God’s word is judgment ever said to be eternal torment. Here is what the scriptures teach about what is judgment, everywhere from Genesis to Revelation:

1Co 11:31  For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
1Co 11:32  But when we are judged , we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

“When we are judged we are chastened of the Lord.” Chastening has a purpose. “Grace chastens us to forsake ungodliness”  (Tit 2:11-12). Read What Is Grace on iswasandwillbe. com. There are two chastening judgments mentioned in scripture. The first is “now on the house of God.” All others are “condemned” to the second chastening, fiery baptism where they will ‘suffer the loss’ of being in that blessed and holy first resurrection, but they themselves will be saved yet so as by the lake of fire.’

1Pe 4:12  Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

And in this same chapter we are told what this “fiery trial” really is:

1Pe 4:17  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

“Second” is a matter of order, not two deaths. We are “dying daily,” but it is all one death.’

Joh 12:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

The answer to Peter’s rhetorical question is that those who “obey not the gospel of God” at this time will “yet by fire” obey the gospel of God at a later time through another, later if need be, even more “fiery trial.”
Here is the rule of thumb for all judgment as laid down by our Lord Himself. We were just told that those in the lake of fire will be “judged according to their works.” Here is how that principle works:

Luk 12:47  And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

Luk 12:48  But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes . For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

It is a terrible price to pay for knowing and not doing, but it is never, ever said to be everlasting or eternal. It is always ‘aionios.’
Of course Cain and all of us will have to go through that “fiery sword… [ which] guards the way of the tree of life,” but it was Christ Himself and all of His apostles who said that all men must go through that fire:

Mar 9:48  Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
Mar 9:49  For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.

“Every one and every sacrifice” is “salted with fire.” this is the doctrine of Christ, John the baptist, Paul and Peter:

Mat 3:11  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

1Co 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
1Co 3:14  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
1Co 3:15  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. [ the lake of fire]

You ask:
“When Strong lists several entries of what Aionios means, how do I know which entry was meant for Aionios ?
The answer is, you read every single entry for yourself. Then you ask God to show you if aion should be translated as “age… world… course of time… everlasting… eternal…” etc., etc. there are 18 different and conflicting entries for this one small Greek word. One of those entries is ‘never.’ It is absurd the lengths to which learned men are willing to go to make God’s Word fit into their false, blasphemous doctrines. God is a loving father who is quite well equipped to be our savior “and not only ours, but for the sins of the whole world.”
Your last question was:
“If taken the view that Aionios is an age; beginning and end, then life eternal will also have an end. Can you help clear up my misunderstanding?”
Yes, I can. The fact that life aionios comes to an end does not necessitate that immortal life, or “immortality” comes to an end.

1Co 15:53  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality .
1Co 15:54  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 

Christ and His Father, “created the aions.” They do not need the aions to live. They, and we in them, will live long “after the aions are consummated.”

1Co 15:24  Then cometh the end [ Greek – consummation], when he [ Christ] shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he [ Christ] shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

And what happens at this point? Are we about to be told that most of mankind will be tormented for all eternity? How absolutely absurd!

1Co 15:25  For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
1Co 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
1Co 15:27  For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
1Co 15:28  And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

In the end God will be in us all and in Satan himself. Nothing in heaven or in earth will be left out of God’s salvation:

Col 1:20  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

This last question about the end of the aions not being the end of life is answered in much greater detail in What Is Life Aionios on iswasandwillbe. com. Read that article, and if you still have questions then get back to me.
I hope this does “clear this up” for you.

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