Strong's Concordance gave the following meaning for Aion. 1) for ever, an unbroken age, perpetuity of time, eternity 2) the worlds, universe 3) period of time, age. That is quite a range of definitions. At first glance, it seems that there must be a mistake, and further investigation shows us that this is indeed a mistake. The word means Eon or Age. There are so many verses where the interpretation of eternity makes no sense that it cannot be eternity. Age, or Eon always makes sense. There is no context by which it does not make sense.
Problems with aion/eon
Sometimes, this word is translated as an age or eon. Sometimes it is translated as something indicating eternity. This conflict in the two conflicting translations centers on a misunderstanding of the logical law of non-contradiction. The law of non-contradiction is very simple. Two mutually exclusive things cannot both be true at the same time in the same sense. Here are two examples of where the problem is seen. "For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for [aion]." Matthew 6:13 Some say that the word, aion, cannot possibly mean an age because God's Kingdom has no end so that would constitute a contradiction. "Now all these things happened to them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of aion are come." Corinthians 10:11 Here, the supposed problem is that the word, aion could not possibly mean eternity because there is no end of eternity. In fact, in these cases, even translations that consistently translate "aion" as ever or eternity change the translation of the word to world or age.
Is it a contradiction to translate aion as age or eon in Matthew 6:13? If God is the God of eternity, is He the God of the ages as well? Yes. God is the God of all the ages. If God is the God of all the universe is He the God of you as well? Yes. God is the God of you and of the universe. There is no contradiction.
Is it a contradiction to translate aion as for ever or eternity in Corinthians 10:11? We don't fully understand eternity, yet we know that eternity has no end. There is a contradiction here.
The word, aion, is often used in a way that does not limit a length of time. An example would be, "For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for the eon." In King James, "the eon" is translated as "for ever." The fact that the kingdom and power and glory of God is for the eon does not mean that it is not eternal. It is eternal. This Scripture simply is one that does not say so. A theology has been developed that goes beyond the Bible on the one hand by saying such things as "there is no hell," "there is a hell, but hell is not all that bad," "God would never correct anyone through punishment," or "all ways lead to God." I'm sure that there are other examples of this extreme view. On the other hand, a robust theology has developed beyond the Bible that makes the Scripture conflict with itself. This is a problem if we are to believe the entire Bible. This extreme dogma causes some theologians to find extra-biblical reasons to rationalize away the Scriptures that plainly say such things as, "As in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive." Some people do not, as a result, believe in the restitution of all things, which is also a plain teaching of Scripture just as Hell is a plain teaching of Scripture. Sometimes, the best answer is, "We believe it all, but God has not yet told us how He is going to do this."
The claim of some is that, if the word is used to describe God's kingdom, power, and glory and God's life, then it must mean eternity, perpetuity of time and never ending. The reasoning, were it stated in clear terms, would say that God cannot be the God of the ages and still be the God of eternity. That is false, just as it is false to say that God cannot be my God and God of the Universe and God of the church. Man's reasoning is naturally flawed. If I tell you that my car will last a week and a tank of gas in the car lasts a week, are both of these claims true? Yes, they are both true. The fact that the car lasts a week and more does not make it less than true that my car lasts a week. So, the logic is flawed, raw human reasoning (the reasoning of the human mind without the Intelligence of the Creator flowing through the human mind) is not the means by which God reveals His word, and there are reasons that people promote false doctrine.
This is strong's definition. Keep in mind that lexicons and concordances are not the Bible. Neither are the writings of the Scholars or the teachings of the theologians. Truth must be revealed by God and that requires humility since we are always finding out that we have not really understood correctly in the past.
165 αιων aion ahee-ohn'
AV-ever 71, world 38, never + 3364 + 1519 + 3588 6, evermore 4, age 2, eternal 2, misc 5; 128
1) for ever, an unbroken age, perpetuity of time, eternity
2) the worlds, universe
3) period of time, age
Matthew 12:32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world , neither in the world to come. (KJV)
Matthew 12:32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this eon , neither in the eon to come. (Correct)
1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened to them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. (KJV)
1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened to them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of eternity are come. (if rendered consistently with forever)
1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened to them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the eon are come. (Correct-that actually makes sense.)
Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for the eon . Amen.
Matthew 12:32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this eon , neither in that which is to come.
Matthew 13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this eon , and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
Matthew 13:39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the eon ; and the reapers are the angels.
Matthew 13:40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this eon .
Matthew 13:49 So shall it be at the end of the eon : the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,
Matthew 21:19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said to it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for the eon . And presently the fig tree withered away.
Matthew 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the eon ?
Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even to the end of the eon . Amen.
Mark 3:29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:
Mark 4:19 And the cares of this eon , and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
Mark 10:30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the eon to come eternal life.
Mark 11:14 And Jesus answered and said to it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for the eon . And his disciples heard it.
Luke 1:33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for the eon ; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
Luke 1:55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for the eon .
Luke 1:70 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the eon began :
Luke 16:8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this eon are in their generation wiser than the children of light.
Luke 18:30 Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the eon to come life everlasting.
Luke 20:34 And Jesus answering said to them, The children of this eon marry, and are given in marriage:
Luke 20:35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that eon , and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:
John 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
John 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for the eon : and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
John 6:58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for the eon .
John 8:35 And the servant abideth not in the house for the eon : but the Son abideth for the eon .
John 8:51 Verily, verily, I say to you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.
John 8:52 Then said the Jews to him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death.
John 9:32 Since the eon began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.
John 10:28 And I give to them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
John 11:26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
John 12:34 The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for the eon : and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man?
John 13:8 Peter saith to him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.
John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for the eon ;
Acts 3:21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the eon began .
Acts 15:18 Known to God are all his works from the beginning of the eon .
Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for the eon . Amen.
Romans 9:5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for the eon . Amen.
Romans 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for the eon . Amen.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this eon : but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Romans 16:27 To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for the eon . Amen. Written to the Romans from Corinthus, and sent by Phebe servant of the church at Cenchrea.
1 Corinthians 1:20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this eon ? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
1 Corinthians 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this eon , nor of the princes of this eon , that come to nought:
1 Corinthians 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the eon to our glory:
1 Corinthians 2:8 Which none of the princes of this eon knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
1 Corinthians 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this eon , let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
1 Corinthians 8:13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh in this eon , lest I make my brother to offend.
1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened to them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the eon are come.
2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this eon hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine to them.
2 Corinthians 9:9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for the eon .
2 Corinthians 11:31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore , knoweth that I lie not.
Galatians 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil eon , according to the will of God and our Father:
Galatians 1:5 To whom be glory for the eon and ever . Amen.
Ephesians 1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this eon , but also in that which is to come:
Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this eon, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Ephesians 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the eon hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
Ephesians 3:11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:
Ephesians 3:21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, eon without end . Amen.
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this eon , against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Philippians 4:20 Now to God and our Father be glory for the eon of the eons . Amen.
Colossians 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
1 Timothy 1:17 Now to the King eternal , immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for the eon of the eons . Amen.
1 Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this eon , that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
2 Timothy 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present eon , and is departed to Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.
2 Timothy 4:18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me to his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for the eon of the eons . Amen.
Titus 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present eon ;
Hebrews 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken to us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the eons ;
Hebrews 1:8 But to the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for the eon of the eons : a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
Hebrews 5:6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for the eon after the order of Melchisedec.
Hebrews 6:5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the eon to come,
Hebrews 6:20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for the eon after the order of Melchisedec.
Hebrews 7:21 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said to him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for the eon after the order of Melchisedec:)
Hebrews 7:24 But this man, because he continueth ever , hath an unchangeable priesthood.
Hebrews 7:28 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for the eon .
Hebrews 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the eon hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the eons were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for the eon .
Hebrews 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for the eon of the aions . Amen.
1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for the eon .
1 Peter 1:25 But the word of the Lord endureth for the eon . And this is the word which by the gospel is preached to you.
1 Peter 4:11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for the eon of the eons . Amen.
1 Peter 5:11 To him be glory and dominion for the eon of the eons . Amen.
2 Peter 2:17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for the eon .
2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for the eon . Amen.
1 John 2:17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for the eon .
2 John 1:2 For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for the eon .
Jude 1:13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for the eon .
Jude 1:25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever . Amen.
Revelation 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests to God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for the eon of the eons Amen.
Revelation 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for the eon of the eons , Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
Revelation 4:9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for for the eon of the eons ,
Revelation 4:10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for the eon of the eons , and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
Revelation 5:13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be to him that sitteth upon the throne, and to the Lamb for the eon of the eons .
Revelation 5:14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshiped him that liveth for the eon of the eons .
Revelation 7:12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be to our God for the eon of the eons. Amen.
Revelation 10:6 And sware by him that liveth for the eon of the eons , who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:
Revelation 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for the eon of the eons .
Revelation 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for the eon of the eons : and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
Revelation 15:7 And one of the four beasts gave to the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for the eon of the eons .
Revelation 19:3 And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for the eon of the eons .
Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for the eon of the eons .
Revelation 22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for the eon of the eons .
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