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Luke 18: 30. Who shall receive manifold more in this present time, And in the world to come life everlasting.
John 3: 16. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 4:14. But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give hira, shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him, shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
John 5: 24. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
John 6: 27. Labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for the meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of Man shall give unto you for him hath God the Father sealed.
Verse 40. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Verse 47. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
John 12: 50. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak, therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak. Acts 13 46. Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you; but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.
Rom. 6: 22. But now, being made free from sin, and become servants God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
Gal. 6: 8. For he that soweth to his flesh, shall of the flesh reap corruption but he that soweth to the Spirit, shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
1 Tim. 1:16. Howbeit, for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all long-suffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
Remarks on the phrases ETERNAL and EVERLASTING LIFE.
If the reader will carefully examine the first and second Sections of this Chapter, he will see that the phrases eternal life and everlasting life are perfectly synonymous. This is evident from the fact that the original phrase is the same, whether it is translated eternal or everlasting life; and, also, from the fact that in those passages where the phrase eternal life occurs, in the parallel passages the phrase everlasting life is used to signify the same thing. Compare Mark 10: 30 with Luke 18: 30, and John 3: 15 with John 3: 16, and John 5: 24 with John 6: 54.
The phrase "eternal life" does not occur in the Old Testament.
It occurs in the New Testament twenty-nine times, and is generally, if not in all cases, used to signify the moral life imparted by the Gospel. The phrase everlasting life occurs but once in the Old Testament, Dan. 12: 2. In the New, it occurs thirteen times. It is used, as we have seen, to signify the same as the phrase eternal life. It has been supposed that these phrases are used to signify a life to be enjoyed in a future state of existence. The only thing which makes this opinion appear at all plausible is the fact that this life is spoken of as something to be enjoyed in the world to come. See Mark 10: 30, and Luke 18: 30. But we remark that in these texts the word which is rendered world is aion; a word which signifies an age or dispensation. And the phrase "aion to come " is used in the New Testament to signify the reign of the Messiah, or Gospel dispensation. Adam Clarke says, "Olam ha-bo, the world to come, is a constant phrase for the times of the Messiah in the Jewish writers." The following facts will show what is the obvious meaning of the phrases, and that the meaning of them is generally misunderstood.
1. Not one of the scripture writers has ever defined these phrases to signify a life to be enjoyed in a future state of existence.
2. Jesus Christ defines eternal life to consist in a knowledge of God, and of Jesus whom he hath sent, John 17: 3. Of course, those who by the Gospel are made acquainted with God and Jesu Christ, are in the possession of eternal life. It is certainly fair to allow Jesus to define his own terms and phrases. He certainly knew what was meant by eternal life, and if he was correct in his definition of it, the common opinion of it must be erroneous. We choose to abide by the testimony of Jesus, and to reject the authority of all uninspired men when it comes in contact with that testimony. 3. Persons are frequently spoken of in the New Testament as being in the possession of eternal life. John 6: 54; 10: 28; 1 John 5: 11, 13; John 5: 24; 6: 47; Rom. 6: 22. 15, it is said, that "no murderer hath eternal This certainly implies that men may have the
4. In 1 John 3:
life abiding in him." life abiding in them.
5. The words eternal and everlasting are applied to this life, not to express the duration of it, but to express the kind or quality of it. This life is called eternal for the following reasons: 1. To distinguish it from the life enjoyed by those living under the Legal
dispensation. That is never called eternal or everlasting life. We have seen that the phrase eternal life does not occur in the Old Testament. The phrase everlasting life occurs but once, Dan. 12: 2, and we have shown, in our examination of that text, that it is used with reference to the life imparted by the Gospel. 2. Because those who are in the possession of this life enjoy it continually, unceasingly, uninterruptedly and perpetually. One definition of the word rendered eternal is perpetual. 3. Because it is a life to be enjoyed in the "everlasting kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ." Christ's kingdom is called everlasting, yet it is to come to an end. "Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father," 1 Cor. 15: 24-28. 4. Because it is a life to be enjoyed under the dispensation of the "everlasting Gospel." The Gospel is called everlasting, Rev. 14: 6, yet no one supposes it will be preached throughout the endless ages of eternity. 5. Because it is a life imparted by that Gospel which brings "life and immortality to light." The believer in this Gospel lives in the constant enjoyment of a hope "full of immortality," and in the perpetual anticipation of an inheritance "incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away."
BIBLE DOCTRINE OF SALVATION AND DAMNATION.
All the passages in the NEW TESTAMENT wherein the words SAVE, SAVED, and SALVATION occur, and which relate to Gospel Salvation.
SAVE.-Matt. 1: 21. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus; for he shall save his people from their sins.
Luke 19: 10.
Matt. 18: 11. Luke 9: 56. to save them.
For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which
For the Son of Man is come to save that which was lost. For the Son of Man is not come to destroy men's lives, but
John 12: 47. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not; for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. Rom. 11: 14. If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.
1 Cor. 1: 21. For after that, in the wisdom of God, the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
1 Cor. 7: 16. For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?
1 Tim. 1: 15. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
1 Tim. 4: 16. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them; for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself and them that hear thee.
Heb. 7: 25. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost,
that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for
James 1: 21. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness, and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
James 2: 14. What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
James 5: 20. Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way, shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multi
tude of sins.
Jude 1: 23. And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
SAVED.-Matt. 19: 25. When his disciples heard it [that it was hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven], they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
Matt. 27: 42. He saved others, himself he cannot save. If he be the king of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.
Mark 10: 25, 26. It is easier for a camel [cable] to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?
Luke 18 25, 26. For it is easier for a camel [cable] to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. And they that heard it, said, Who then can be saved?
Luke 23: 35. And the people stood beholding: and the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.
Luke 7: 50. And he [Christ] said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee: go in peace.
Luke 8: 12. Those by the way-side are they that hear: then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
Luke 13: 23, 24. Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate; for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
John 3: 17. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world, through him, might be saved.
John 5: 34. But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.
Acts 2: 47. all the people.
[All the believers] praising God, and having favor with And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be
Acts 5: 12. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 15: 1. And certain men which came down from Judea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye
cannot be saved.
Acts 16: 30, 31. And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they [apostles] said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
Rom. 8: 24. For we are saved by hope. But hope that is seen is not hope; for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
Rom. 10: 1. Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved.