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  1. grits4jesusfl

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    What is the difference between Eternal life and Everlasting life?

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  2. HAMel

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    Eternal: having no beginning and no end in time.

    Everlasting: lasting or enduring through all time.

    To me, our Lord is "eternal".

    Mortals will experience "everlasting" time.
     
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    It's the same thing. Those who are in Christ are sustained eternally:

    "For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16
     
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    That's good!
     
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    Pretty much what I was going to say.
     
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    Matt. 25:46, NKJV. 'And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.'

    The Greek word is the same for 'everlasting' and 'eternal'- aionios.
     
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    Interesting that the KJV and NKJV render this verse with differences of 'everlasting' and 'eternal' which is not reflected in any other translation (well other than the WEB.) There doesn't seem to be any variance in critical text or Texts Receptus.
     
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    That makes sense to me!

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  9. Aaron

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    The terms "everlasting life" and "eternal life" are often used interchangeably. Often, as I read it now, everlasting life is the term most often used when the point of view is from earth, and the term eternal life is used when the point of view is from Heaven.

    But I also agree with HAMel in his definition. The Law was forever, but the New Covenant is eternal. The Law ended. The New Covenant in His blood never will, and, when these old heavens and earth are done away, and we awake in His likeness, we will see that just as He has no beginning of days nor end of life, so have we. The life He gives is truly eternal.
     
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    Practically speaking the English would perhaps distinguish between the two in the following manner.

    Everlasting has a starting point.

    Eternal doesn't.​


    By application:

    The believer has everlasting life given to them by the eternal Father.

    The believer is not eternal because there was a time the believer was not a believer.

    There is never a time that the Father was not.

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    While I agree with previous poster's English definitions, please do not read too far into that distinction theologically. Both words are from the same Greek root, and translators choose for themselves which one sounds prettier in a given context.
     
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    No difference, both English words are used to translate the same Greek word. To draw a distinction without a difference is akin to adding to scripture.
     
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  13. Aaron

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    Two things. 1) This is from the point of view on earth. 2)the life given to us is eternal. That would be from the point of view of Heaven, where in that view Christ was the lamb slain from the foundation of the earth, and, as redeemed, we are already seated.
     

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