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is there a greek word for "eternity"

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jaareshiah:
Yes, there is a Greek word for eternity - aionion. Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible gives it meaning as "perpetual"(G166). Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament says of aionion, "without beginning or end, that which always has been and always will be" in reference to Romans 16:26, whereby the apostle Paul speaks of the "everlasting God" as well "without end, never to cease, everlasting"(pg 20), pointing to 2 Corinthians 4:18, in which Paul says that "the things seen are temporary, but the things unseen are everlasting". This Greek word is used at such places as Matthew 19:16, 29; 25:46, Mark 10:17; 10:30; Luke 10:25; 18:18; 2 Pet 1:11; Jude 1:21.

The Greek word aion (G165), meaning "age", may also refer to a period of time in man's history, whether having or not having datable bounds. Greek lexicographers show the word to mean "space of time clearly defined and marked out, epoch, age," and also "lifetime, life," or "age, generation." Since an epoch, or age, can begin and end or it can go on forever, it follows that ai·onī could refer to a period of time that is endless, though having a beginning.

Thus, as recorded at Mark 3:29, Jesus said that the blasphemer against the holy spirit was guilty of "everlasting [agelong, perpetual, eternal] sin," or a sin never to be canceled out at any future time. A similar expression was used with regard to the fruitless fig tree, where "forever" in the Greek is literally "to [for] the age." (Matt 21:19) At Jesus' birth the angelic promise was that "he will rule as king over the house of Jacob forever [literally, into the ages]."(Luke 1:33)

However, ai·onī can also refer more particularly to the consistent state of things or the current state of affairs or features that distinguish a certain period of time, epoch, or age rather than to the matter of time itself. As R. C. Trench states in Synonyms of the New Testament (London, 1961, p. 203): "Thus signifying time, it comes presently to signify all which exists in the world under conditions of time; . . . and then, more ethically, the course and current of this world's affairs" and has therefore been rendered as "system of things" (or "of the order of things") at Matthew 24:3 in the New World Translation.


ded2daworld:
Ervan - I know you said the concept of eternity exists in the mind of every human.
IMO - We may know the word but frankly only being able to see the temporary and see death all around,
I personally can't understand the full meaning of eternity any more than I can understand the meaning of infinite. :dontknow:

sheila:
eternity is immortality..........never ending=forever.....

  mortality is that which does not endure...temporal...that which has an end....thus....the sands of time..

  in an 'hour' glass..is represented as that which comes from above...to below..and then is 'turned over'

  again.  For this reason Abrahams seed is like the sands and the stars.

   for this reason women have hour glass figures..as God's spiritual children are sown in the earth

  and clayvessel/dust body/field..for this exercizee in good and evil...

  when all the stars have fallen to the earth and been drawn back up again......immortality/forever

  perfected...enduring[will not wear out] is upon us.  the full number of Zion is known of God..He

  knows and names and calls the stars'come up here' in theeir order.

  heaven and earth will wear out...the new heaven and earth will endure eternally.

    God's spiritual progency is planted a terrestial body.[temporal]..and raised up a celestial body[immortal]

   ages are but time as each[generation] is sown into earth and completes the circuit..of this good evil

  exercize.

  when your spirit returns to God..it enters the immortal realm of God[eternity]

   THERE IS NO SAVIOUR APART FROM ME= seperation from Him =death

shawn:
Thus, as recorded at Mark 3:29, Jesus said that the blasphemer against the holy spirit was guilty of "everlasting [agelong, perpetual, eternal] sin," or a sin never to be canceled out at any future time. A similar expression was used with regard to the fruitless fig tree, where "forever" in the Greek is literally "to [for] the age." (Matt 21:19) At Jesus' birth the angelic promise was that "he will rule as king over the house of Jacob forever [literally, into the ages]."(Luke 1:33)




I have heard other explanations for this section.  I think further discussion by those more educated in than Greek than myself should enter here. 

jaareshiah:
At Matthew 12, Jesus says: "On this account I say to you, Every sort of sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the spirit will not be forgiven. For example, whoever speaks a word against the Son of man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the holy spirit, it will not be forgiven him, no, not in this system of things nor in that to come."(Matt 12:31, 32) Thus, as recorded by Mark, that "whoever blasphemes against the holy spirit has no forgiveness forever, but is guilty of everlasting sin."(Mark 3:29)

Because the Jewish religious leaders saw the outworking of God's holy spirit by the miracles that Jesus performed, and yet denied this, Jesus said that these had ' blasphemed against the holy spirit ', resulting in their never being forgiven. At John 8, because of their being obstinate, unyielding, though massive evidence is before them that he is the promised Messiah, Jesus tells the Pharisees: "You are from the realms below; I am from the realms above. You are from this world; I am not from this world. Therefore I said to you, you will die in your sins. For if you do not believe that I am [he], you will die in your sins."(John 8:23, 24)

Many of the Jewish religious leaders saw firsthand many of the miracles that Jesus carried out by means of the holy spirit (Mark 2:1-12), but stubbornly refused to accept this as convincing evidence of his being the Christ. As a result, Jesus said that their sins would never be forgiven, so that when they died, these would have no hope a resurrection from the dead, or they would remain dead forever, being cast into symbolic Gehenna or everlasting destruction.(Matt 23:15, 33)

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