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Craig

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Romans 16:26
« on: September 07, 2006, 12:51:58 PM »

 Hi Ray,
 
I had one other brief question for you.  I am somewhat confused by the context of Romans 16:26 when using eonian.  It seems a little odd to refer to God as "God of the Ages" instead of something more "everlasting" or "eternal".  This seems to make God more temporal than proper in this case.
 
Could you help me with this one?
 
Thanks,
 
Bert
 

Dear Bert:
We do not want to be found guilty of "adding to or taking away from" the Word of God.  God is called in Rom. 16:26, "the everlasting [eonian] God."  He is not called "the God OF THE AGES."  That is a false assumption. It doesn't completely change the meaning, but we should not do what the Scriptures do not do.
 
God is the "EONIAN God."  Eonian is an adjective, whereas "ages" are a noun.
As I have stated many times now, "A statement of FACT is not a statement of LIMITATION unless there are words of limitation within the statement of fact."
 
And there are NO words of limitation in Rom. 16:26.  For example, it does not say that  God is the God of the ages "ONLY," does it?  No it doesn't.  God is also called a "jealous God."  Jealous being an adjective.  But inferring an attribute to God such as jealousy, does not conclude that He is "jealous" ETERNALLY.
 
God is also: "The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob."  Does that statement in any way infer that God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, ONLY?  Of course not. God is also the God of Moses, and Joseph, and of Peter and Paul, etc.
 
Who resides supreme over the aions of time in which God's plan is being worked out with humanity?  Who?  Why it is GOD, who is the "aionion/eonian God," not some other deity.
 
I have explained this many times in the past. It is also thoroughly covered in my paper: "Is EVERLASTING Scriptural."
God be with you,
Ray
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