Friday, December 14, 2007

After Life (19) - Contrast with Salvation

Many scriptures use the word destruction or destroy to describe the opposite of salvation or eternal life. The Greek word for destruction (apolia) is sometimes translated as lost or perish, so the emphasis is slightly hidden.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish (destruction) but have eternal life (John 3:15,16).

The man who loves his life will lose it (destruction), while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life (John 12:25).

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Cor 1:18).

For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing (destruction) (2 Cor 2:15).

They perish (destruction)because they refused to love the truth and so be saved (2 Thes 2:10).

But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved. (Heb 10:39).

There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy (James 4:12).
In all these passages, those who are not saved are destroyed.

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