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Bibles Without Everlasting Punishment – As Compared with the King James Version

March 27, 2009

The King James Version of Matthew 25:46 reads:

And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

This translation, sadly, misleads readers to embrace a religious dogma – everlasting punishment. This is, however, an unscriptural view.

There are a number of English translations that have been more accurate and honest in attempting to translate the truth of this Greek passage. Here are some Bible translations that are not influenced by religious tradition when it comes to the accuracy of Matthew 25:46.

1798 A Translation of the New Testament Nathaniel Scarlett

And these will go away into aeonian punishment: but the righteous into aeonian life.

1863 The Literal Translation of the Holy Bible Robert Young

And these shall go away to punishment ageduring, but the righteous to life age-during.

1864 The Emphatic Diaglott Benjamin Wilson

And these shall go forth to the aionian cuttingoff; but the righteous to aionian life.

1884 The New Covenant J.W. Hanson

And these shall go away into aeonian chastisement, and the just into aeonian life.

1893 Emphasized Bible Joseph B. Rotherham

And these shall go away into age-abiding correction, but the righteous into age-abiding life.

1899 The Twentieth Century New Testament Fleming H. Revell

And these last will go away into aeonian punishment, but the righteous into aeonian life.

1903 New Testament in Modern Speech Richard Francis Weymouth

And these shall go away into the Punishment of the Ages, but the righteous into the Life of he Ages.

1913 The Holy Bible in Modern English Ferrar Fenton

And these He will dismiss into a long correction, but the well-doers to an enduring life.

1926 Concordant Literal New Testament A.E. Knoch

And these shall be coming away into chastening eonian, yet the just into life eonian.

1938 The New Testament, a Translation Edgar Lewis Clementson

And these shall go away into eonian correction, but the righteous into eonian life.

1958 New Testament of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Anointed James L. Tomanek

And these shall go away into agelasting cutting-off and the just into agelasting life.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
The Salvation of All
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March 27, 2009

All Men

And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me (John 12:32).

… Even so by the righteousness of One the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life (Romans 5:18).

Who will have all men to be saved … (I Timothy 2:4-6).

Every Man

That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world (John 1:9).

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order … (I Corinthians 15:22-23).

All Families

… In thee shall all families of the earth be blessed (Genesis 12:2-3).

All Flesh

All flesh shall see the salvation of God (Luke 3:5-6).

All the Kindreds

All the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee (Psalm 22:27).

All Nations

… The LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it (Isaiah 2:2).

The World

… Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world (John 1:29).

This is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world (John 4:42).

To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the Word of reconciliation (II Corinthians 5:14, 19).

The Whole World

And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world (I John 2:2).

Every Creature

Who is the Image of the invisible God, the Firstborn of every creature (Colossians 1:15).

And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, ‘Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever’ (Revelation 5:13).

All Things

Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things(Acts 3:21).

For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things(Romans 11:36).

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 (I Corinthians 15:21-28).

That in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him (Ephesians 1:10).

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 (Colossians 1:20).

All In All

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 (I Corinthians 15:21-28).

One God and One Mediator

March 26, 2009

For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus; Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time (I Timothy 2:5-6).

This is the doctrine which Paul was ordained to preach and which he exhorted Timothy to be faithful in proclaiming to the people. There are three points worthy of notice in this Scripture citation.

There is One God!

First, “There is one God,” and we think we are authorized to add “there is none other but He.” He is called the the Father of spirits (Hebrews 12:9). Malachi 2:10 asks the question, implying an affirmative answer, Have we not all one Father? Hath not one God created us?”

Paul says in Ephesians 4:6, “There is one God and Father of all.” There are many other passages which prove conclusively that there is a God, and but one, Who is the Father of all men.

There Is One Mediator!

The second truth taught by Paul is that there is “one Mediator.” Lexicographers define the word Mediator to signify a “middle person,” one who “stands and acts between two.” Suidas explains it to mean a “peace maker, one who brings about a state of reconciliation between parties who had previously been at variance.”

A mediator is often necessary where only one of the parties is wrong. This was the case with the mediator which Jesus Christ came to effect. Man was unreconciled to his Maker, and hence Christ came to reconcile us to the Father. The Apostle confirms this view of the subject when he says,

God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the Word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us; we pray you in Christ’s stead be ye reconciled unto God (II Corinthians 5:19-20).

We desire the reader to notice that men need to be reconciled to God, not God to us – “be YE reconciled unto God.” Jesus was appointed to communicate the mind of God to men that we might have the strongest evidence that He is our Father, and that He desires, designs and purposes to reconcile all things unto Himself. Hence we read,

For it pleased the Father that in Him [Christ] should all fulness dwell; 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 (Colossians 1:19-20).

If the Apostle was right, then the whole system of popular theology must be wrong, for it is predicted on the supposition that God is the enemy of man, and that He sent Christ to reconcile Himself to us!

How unreasonable and unscriptural! Nothing is more plain to our mind than that all unreconciliation is on the part of man, and we therefore believe the Scripture doctrine before cited, that “God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself.”

A Ransom for All!

The third truth taught by the text is that Christ “gave Himself a ransom for all.”

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive (I Corinthians 15:22).

Will those whom Christ ransomed – those for whom He shed His most precious blood – those for whom He died, and who are now roaming amid the wiles of sin, will their sorrows ever end and their sighing be done away?

Let Isaiah answer, and when he speaks let me give ear:

The ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness and sorrow and sighing shall flee away (35:10).

Let him that readeth try to understand.

James Shrigley
Richmond, VA
The Universalist Herald August 5, 1859

Grace Abounding over Adam’s Fall

March 25, 2009

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Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life (Romans 5:18).

A.E. Saxby, in God in Redemption, gives us a wonderfully logical reason for rejecting the notion that God will condemn anyone to eternal damnation and suffering, and rather proves that He has provided for the salvation of all mankind.

He says,

If a human act was effectual for ruin, how much more shall a Divine act be effectual for salvation?

How quickly we believers will latch on to some fragment of a verse, in a whole context, to prove a negative perception and then propagate it as truth, to the total exclusion of the whole context of the doctrine being presented.

Why do we so easily jump to conclude all men to condemnation, but find it so terribly difficult to accept with the same unabashedness the accompanying text which says that “the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life”?

How can anyone think that, as the first Adam’s act could bring about the “ruin” of all of his descendants, the second Adam’s act was nowhere near as efficacious to provide the remedy whereby all of those descendants would be rescued from such a penalty? It’s really quite an illogical act of mental gymnastics to interpret Romans 5 that way.

It is rather amazing that we never consider that, as sin abounded in its effect on all of the first Adam’s posterity, God’s grace did much more abound (Romans 5:20).

Thus, if the first Adam’s act was so powerful as to affect the ruin of all of his future generations, how much less of an effect would God’s grace be through the redeeming act of the Second Adam, that even one of those offspring could be eternally lost forever to the loving grace of His Creator and Father?

It is too much to comprehend that we serve a God and Father so callous to the welfare of His creation, that He would allow any one of His dear creatures to go unprovided for in the eternal plan of His “great love wherewith He loved us.”

AndréAndré Sneidar

Bible Student’s Notebook

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God in Creation, Redemption, Judgment and Consummation

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Resisting His Workmanship

March 3, 2009

Is God simply able to imprison His enemies eternally, without being able through all eternity to make them His friends? Or, shall the skill and power of the Almighty be baffled and nullified by some millions of bits of crude material, successfully resisting His workmanship … ?

Arthur P. Adams (1845-1925)
The True Basis of Redemption (1885)
Bible Student’s Press


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