reward? ? in these verses we cannot substitute ?annihilate? for lose;
<441341> Acts 13:41 ? ?Behold ye despisers, and wonder, and perish ?; cf.
<400616> Matthew 6:16 ? ?for they disfigure their faces? ? where the same word ajfani>zw is used. <460317>1 Corinthians 3:17 ? ?If any man destroyeth [annihilates?] the temple of God, him shall God destroy?; <470702>2 Corinthians 7:2 ? ?we corrupted no man? ? where the same word ajfani>zw is used. <530109>2 Thess. 1:9 ? ?who shall suffer punishment even eternal destruction from the face of the Lord and from the glory of his might? ? the wicked shall be driven out from the presence of Christ. Destruction is not annihilation. ?Destruction from? = separation; (per contra, see Prof. W. A. Stevens, Com. in loco : ?from? = the source from which the ?destruction? proceeds). A ship engulfed in quicksand is destroyed, a temple broken down and deserted is destroyed?; see Lillie, Com., in loco . <610307>2 Peter 3:7 ? ?day ofjudgment and destruction of ungodly men.? Here the word ?destruction? ajpwlei>av is the same with that used of the end of the present order of things and translated ?perished? ajpw>leto in verse 6. ?We cannot accordingly infer from it that the ungodly will cease to exist, but only that there will be a great and penal change in their condition? (Plumptre, Com., in loco ).
(d) The passages held to prove the annihilation of the wicked at death cannot have this meaning, since the Scriptures foretell a resurrection of the unjust as well as of the just and a second death, or a misery of the reunited soul and body, in the case of the wicked.
<442415> Acts 24:15 ? ?there shall be a resurrection both of the just and unjust?; Revelations 2:11 ? ?He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death?; 20:14, 15 ? ?And death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death, even the lake of fire. And if any was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire?; 21:8 ? ?their part shall be in the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death.? The ?second death? is the first death intensified. Having one?s ?part in the lake of fire? is not annihilation.
In a similar manner the word ?life? is to be interpreted not as meaning continuance of being, but as meaning perfection of being. As death is the loss not of life, but of all that makes life desirable, so life is the possession of the highest good. <540506>1 Timothy 5:6 ? ?She that giveth herself to pleasure is dead while she liveth.? Here the death is spiritual death and it is implied that true life is spiritual life. <431010>John 10:10 ? ?I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.? This implies that ?life? is not a mere existence, for they had this before Christ came. It is not the mere motion, as squirrels go in a wheel, without making progress and
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