Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The terrestrial [epigeios] mind leads to perdition/destruction [apōleia]

In the KJV, sometimes apōleia has been translated as “perdition”


“While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition [apōleia]” (John 17:12).

“And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition [apōleia], but to you of salvation, and that of God” (Philippians 1:28).

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition [apōleia]” (2 Thessalonians 2:3).

“Now the just shall live by faith [pistis]: but if any man draw back [verb hypostellō], my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back [noun hypostolē] unto perdition [apōleia]; but of them that believe [pistis] to the saving of the soul” (Hebrews 10:38-9).

On the one hand, there are people who have faith. On the other hand, there are people who draw back to perdition. However, this scripture does not necessarily exclude the possibility that there could be people “in between” these 2 groups.

“But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition [apōleia] of ungodly men” (2 Peter 3:7).

“The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition [apōleia]: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. . . . And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition [apōleia]” (Revelation 17:8, 11).

In the KJV, sometimes apōleia has been translated as “destruction”


“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction [apōleia], and many [polys] there be which go in thereat” (Matthew 7:13).

Many will go to destruction/perdition.

“What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction [apōleia]: And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory” (Romans 9:22-3).

“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction [apōleia]. And many shall follow their pernicious ways [apōleia]; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation [apōleia] slumbereth not” (2 Peter 2:1-3).

“As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction [apōleia]” (2 Peter 3:16).

“For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction [apōleia], whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly [epigeios, terrestrial] things” (Philippians 3:18-9).

People who end in destruction/perdition are those who have minded terrestrial things.