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Titus 1:2 Promised before times eonian.

28-04-2023 - Posted by Hans

… in expectation of life eonian, which God, Who does not lie, promises before times eonian.

In the earlier consideration of the term “eonian life” it was already mentioned that it does not refer to ‘eternity’ but to ‘eon’ (Gr. aion). An eon in Scripture is a world age with both a beginning and an end. The idea that ‘eon’ as eternity should be opposed to time is nowhere more clearly refuted than in the expression we find here: “before times eonian ” (see also Rom.16:25 and 2Tim.1:9) .

There are times of days, months, years, but also of eons. And as we speak of daily, monthly, and annual times, so the Scripture speaks of “eonian times.” These times once began, for God “promised before eonian times”. “eonian times” also follow each other, because there are several “eonian times”. Scripture speaks “from eons ,” “the present eon,” and “the eons to come.” That is at least five eons.

Before the times of the eons began and therefore before there was anything, God made a promise. To whom but Himself? Then, “before the eons” (1 Cor. 2:7,9) he predestined for us a glory which no eye has seen, nor has entered the heart of man.