Everlasting Destruction

2 Thess. 1:9. "Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power."

Everlasting destruction, olethron aionion, does not signify remediless ruin, but long banishment from God's presence. This is what sin does for the soul. Olethros is not annihilation, but desolation. It is found but four times in the New Testament. 1 Thess. 5:3, 1 Cor. 5:5, 1 Tim. 6:9. The passage in 1 Cor. shows us how it is used: "deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus" The destruction here is not final —it is conditional to the saving of the spirit. Everlasting destruction is equivalent to prolonged desolation.

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