Never

The use of the word in a few places of Scripture

The Greek language employs at times a double negative[1], greatly intensifying the force of the expression used; and when the matter asserted involves a question of duration, the addition of a phrase significant of eternity takes away from such duration all limit whatever.[2]

There are some six places in the New Testament where we get the negative with a term of eternity attached, in five of which the negative is doubled. The places are Mark 3:29; John 4:14; 8:51; 10:28; 11:26; 13:8. Passing by the last of these, we may look at the other five; and we shall, I believe, be led thereby to adore afresh the gracious Spirit who wrote these things for our learning, that we, through patience and comfort of the Scriptures, might have hope.

John 4:14 says, "Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never (οὐ μὴ) thirst.” One might perhaps show the exact force of the expression used thus - "shall not, no, he shall not thirst for ever." The drinking and the fresh, full satisfaction from the ceaseless, boundless supply continue for ever and ever.

John 8:51 has it, "If a man keep My word, he shall never (οὐ μὴ) see death" - "he shall not, no, he shall not see death for ever." Such is the power of the word of Christ received, retained, and observed; it conveys to the receiver, and effects in him its own object, with vigour which even eternity does not diminish. "The words which I speak unto you," says the Lord, "they are spirit and they are life." Whosoever has been laid hold of by them must, through their operation within him, have life co-existent with the words by which he has been laid hold. They impart to him their own character.

In John 10:28 we have, "And I give them eternal life, and they shall never (οὐ μὴ) perish", thus "they shall not, they shall not, perish for ever." The acquisition of eternal life, as given by the Second Man, the quickening Spirit, is accompanied with the complete impossibility of perishing. This is a life which never wanes, never decays. He who imparts it is Himself its source and supply. That which He gives must, alike with that which He speaks, be in correspondence with Himself. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

So once more in John 11:26, "Everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never (οὐ μὴ) die" - "never, never die."

Thus are these words of the Lord Jesus Christ presented to us like His "most assuredly” (verily, verily in the KJV - ἀμὴν ἀμὴν e.g. John 5:24) a duplicated witness, a confirmation with an oath of the acceptance and security of all to whom they refer. "Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift."

Of course one does not need “no not” for the Holy Spirit to stay “never” – there are other forms of the Greek.[3]

In Mark 3:29 we read, “but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never (οὐκ ἔχει - will not) has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation". Here we do not have a double negative but rather “not” that denies absolutely and categorically. The attribution to Satan of the works of Christ involved those who made it in eternal sin - sin from the judgment of which there was no escape.

 

Modified from The Christian's Friend (1898): "Never" ANON

References

[1] οὐ (ou – this is the basic Greek particle that represents some form of “no” or “not” in our English translations, as well as a multiple form of combinations that reflect the negative in some form or other.
μη (me) – this is the other Greek particle that represents “no” or “not,” and it too has a variety of forms that it occurs in reflecting the negative. However, there is a difference in the application of ο? (ou) and µ? (me).
Thayer notes: that οὐ denies the thing itself (or to speak technically, denies simply, absolutely, categorically, directly, objectively), but μη denies the thought of the thing.
http://blogs.blueletterbible.org/blb/2012/05/23/emphatic-negations-in-biblical-greek/ (accessed July 2018).

[2] William Mounce explains that οὐ μὴ (ou me) does not mean ‘never’ in and of itself. However, when you have οὐ μὴ in combination with the aorist subjunctive, it is implied that something cannot ever happen. https://www.billmounce.com/monday-with-mounce/translating-all-the-words-scripture-matt-24-34 (accessed July 2018)
The double negative appears in 80 verses in the New Testament. One which all Christians hold to is: Hebrews 10:17 - "their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more" being the essence of the gospel.

[3] In the original article the author implies a οὐ μὴ in Mark 3 when it is not so – however οὐκ can be rendered "no, not". The Greek reads: , οὐκ ἔχει ἄφεσιν εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα (transliterated: never has forgiveness to the eternity [or all time])

David L Simon (January 2016)
Notes\The use of the word Never in the New Testament

David L Simon
Updated: 22 Jul 2018

 

Deliverance from Satan

God has been pleased to present us with four different aspects of deliverance in the New Testament, as the grand result of the finished work of Christ, in order that His children might be before Him in peace, and have the joy of His salvation in their souls as their present and abiding portion.

Deliverance is thus from sin, from the law, from the world, and from Satan. In this paper we propose to take up the last of these as set forth in the following scripture:

Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil (Hebrews 2:14)

We are here called to face some solemn facts. The personality of Satan is as distinctly set forth as the power also which he possesses, which is called "the power of death." "Death," not in the sense of ceasing to breathe in a mortal body merely, but in the sense rather of a ceaseless existence, with the wrath of God abiding on those who continue in unbelief, according to John 3:36. The very thought of it strikes terror to the guilty sinner's soul when once the conscience is convicted by the Spirit of God. Take Felix, for example, who trembled while the apostle "reasoned with him of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come." How foolish of Felix to resist the Spirit, instead of yielding to Him, that He might use the same servant to calm his fears by preaching peace by Jesus Christ!

The power of death which Satan exercises was gained by him in the garden of Eden, when he succeeded in leading our first parents to sin against the positive command they had received from God: "but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." (Genesis 2:17). We also read, "The wages of sin is death." (Romans 6:23.) The one that induced the guilty ones to do his work was afterwards allowed to have the power of paying the wages. And what Adam earned in the Garden of Eden by his disobedience, his descendants have been righteously receiving payment for ever since, as children of disobedience in a far-off and outside place. Satan, moreover, acquired a position on earth and among men which he never had before the Fall. From that time he exercised the power of death as the just judgment of God, and none could oppose him or dispute his right until Christ came and bound the strong man, and spoiled his goods:

"Who on His cross triumphant broke, The chains of death and hell."

We are not to suppose, however, that because Christ has gained the victory over sin and Satan, the whole of the human family are free from the penalty of sin and the fear of death, and no longer subject to the judgment of God. To entertain such a thought would be simply a delusion. "Christ died for all," it is true, and salvation is proclaimed to all; but something else is needed beside the work of Christ and the Word of God before a person can be saved. For until the truth is received by faith into the heart, the value of His sacrifice can never be known. "If ye believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins." "He that believeth not shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him."

In the first and last books of the Bible there are two sources revealed: the source of the ruin of man, and the source of the river of God. The former can be clearly traced to "that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan," and the latter to our ascended and victorious Saviour, who entered the stronghold of the enemy and overcame him in death; and therefore the pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, was seen by John as "proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb." (Gen. 3; Rev. 22:1.)

It is interesting to notice how readily the apostle James attributes everything that is pure and good to God, and all that is evil to Satan. He also connects everything that is good with heaven, and everything that is evil with hell, while speaking of the devil as a person in distinction from hell as a place. He thus speaks of the tongue in its unbridled state as "a fire," and then points, as it were, to the place where that fire originated. The tongue, we read:

And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. (James 3:6)

When sin entered the world the Lord God appealed to Adam, saying, “And He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?” To shirk his responsibility, Adam at once cast the blame on the woman. “And the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" ” And she blamed the serpent. “So the LORD God said to the serpent: "Because you have done this, You are cursed more..” etc. Satan was found out, and the One that found him out was God, who afterwards "drove out the man; and placed at the east of the Garden of Eden cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life."

The following are some of the evils which Satan stands charged with in the Word of God, though the sinner's responsibility is by no means lessened:-

Satan beguiled the woman in the Garden of Eden; Satan put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot to betray the Lord to death; Satan filled the hearts of Ananias and Sapphira to lie unto the Holy Ghost (which shows that each person of the Trinity has been assailed and sinned against by the adversary).

On each of these occasions he was aided by men and women like ourselves. Also when Joshua stood in his degraded condition before the angel, Satan was at his right hand to resist him. Satan also afflicted Job, and smote him last of all with sore boils from head to foot. It was Satan, too, that sifted the apostle Peter and buffeted the apostle Paul. All these cases show that Satan uses every possible manner in his power to hinder the work of God by opposing the servants of Christ. It is important therefore that we should keep the cross of Christ in view as that which declares the complete defeat of the enemy, and as that with which the deliverance of the believer is connected. Otherwise our experience will be more like that of the Israelites when they raised the cry of distress, saying to Moses, " Then they said to Moses, "Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness?” They had left Egypt behind, but Pharaoh had said, "I will pursue, I will overtake," and their fears lasted as long as Pharaoh lived; for although they were out of his land they were still in bondage, "through fear of death." And in order to stay their fears, God answered them, “And Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace." (Exodus 14:13-14). This may teach us what the Lord Jesus Christ has accomplished in His death by silencing Satan and securing salvation for the subjects of grace.

When the Red Sea was crossed, wherein the death and resurrection of Christ are typified, they occupied a new position from which they could view the oppressor with an experience they never had before; and instead of looking back in fear of Pharaoh, they looked at his death and burial in the same sea which had become the means of separating them for ever from his power and dominion. The promise made by the Lord God in the Garden of Eden was, that the Seed of the woman should bruise the serpent's head. For the fulfilment of this the death of Christ was a necessity, and by means of it He both deprived Satan of the power of death, and acquired its possession Himself. The demonstration of it was afterwards given by His resurrection and ascension to the right hand of God. Satan had no longer a right to the power of death over believers, after Christ had paid the penalty in His own blood, for He has fully satisfied all the claims of God and glorified Him concerning the whole question of sin, and thus for ever He has silenced the accusations of the enemy. And looking back by faith to the cross and forward to the glory, His saints can raise a louder note of praise than even that which burst from the lips of His people of old when they said, "I will sing to the LORD, For He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea!"

The doom of Satan was sealed by the same Person, and by means of the same act, as the salvation of God's elect was eternally secured. Saints, therefore, can date their deliverance from sin and Satan from the time when Jesus said, "It is finished"; and the enemy will have to attribute his overthrow to the same cause.

The Christian reader may think it difficult to reconcile what has been said with respect to the overthrow of Satan, as seen in connection with the cross of Christ, with his own experience as to the present reality of the power and presence of the enemy. As a matter of fact, indeed, Satan is as active as ever; but faith recognises that he is a defeated foe, and treats him accordingly. The apostle Peter speaks of the devil as a roaring lion going about seeking whom he may devour, and the apostle Paul compares him to an angel of light. What strange extremes and remarkable forms he takes, both to destroy sinners and deceive, if possible, even the elect.

There was another power with which even Israelites were called to contend in the wilderness, also representing Satan, which is calculated to throw fresh light on the danger in which the Christian stands. After realising their deliverance from Pharaoh, the children of Israel had to face another foe in Amalek - the enemy of God, who dogged His people's steps through the wilderness in the hope of their destruction. But those that had found a foe in Amalek also found a friend in Moses, who interceded for them on the hilltop while they were in conflict with the enemy below. They were also furnished with strength and refreshment for all that was before them by means of the water from the smitten rock, typical of the Spirit of God which the believer receives as the means of strength in the presence of Satan.

The Christian then, as a matter of fact, has to face a far greater foe than Amalek, and also a far greater Friend than Moses to intercede for him; One who occupies a place infinitely higher than "the hilltop" referred to. Moses was subject to weakness, and needed support himself while interceding for others. Our great High Priest and Intercessor is at the right hand of God, exercising His power, apart from all weakness, for the present blessing and for the final deliverance of His people.

Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25)

May we each one know more and more of the infinite nature of the sacrifice of Christ, and learn to apprehend what has been virtually accomplished at the cross, by annulling the power of the devil, that our souls may triumph even now; and as knowing that the time is near when the enemy of God's people will be cast out of heaven, then shut out of earth by being bound for a thousand years, and afterwards cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, to be tormented day and night for ever. Let it also be remembered that whosoever is not found written in the book of life will also be cast into the lake of fire.

H H STEM Publishing : Magazines : The Christian's Friend : 1897 : Deliverance From Satan
Updated: 25 Jun 2018

 

From whence this fear and unbelief

From whence this fear and unbelief,
If God, my Father, put to grief
His spotless Son for me?
Can He, the righteous Judge of men,
Condemn me for that debt of sin
Which, Lord, was charged to Thee?

Complete atonement Thou hast made,
And to the utmost farthing paid
Whate’er Thy people owed;
How, then, can wrath on me take place,
If sheltered in God’s righteousness,
And sprinkled by Thy blood?

[If Thou hast my discharge procured,
And freely in my place endured
The whole of wrath divine;
Payment God will not twice demand,
First at my bleeding Surety’s hand,
And then again at mine.]

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Augustus M Toplady (1740-1778)
Updated: 10 Jun 2018

 

What should the Church be Concerned About?

The concern of the Church is preaching the gospel not changing political, economic or social structures of this world

Don’t get me wrong; each and every Christian must be concerned with the immorality that underpins the political, economic and social structures of our culture, and so called, civilized way-of-life. The abysmal birth control method, that so often arises following some short unthinking pleasure ending in a pregnancy which is terminated by killing the offspring, must be a concern of every Christian. However, as will be stated here the Church has no ability to stop abortions, per se. It does however have the responsibility and ability of bringing the gospel to each individual

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? (Romans 10:14).

It is the Holy Spirit that frees a person from sin and thus immorality because of the work of Jesus Christ on the cross.  And furthermore, without regeneration – which is re-birth – immorality will reign in our bodies (Romans 5:21) – the consequence being the evil we view each day.

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David L Simon
Updated: 20 May 2018

 

The chief dangers of our ‘civilized’ society

Some thoughts on William Booths prophecy

William Booth gave a sobering prophetic thought more than 100 years ago about the then new 20th century. He said: “The chief danger of the 20th century will be religion without the Holy Spirit, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell.”

How true it is, that the end of our civilized society draws near – and the reasons are embedded in these six characteristics. These characteristics of our modern society championed by the churches have rendered the voice of our churches absolutely impotent. The same-sex marriage debacle epitomises this. The result is a ruined failing society with vast numbers of children uncared for or abused, wives beaten to death, abortions decimating the diversity and strength of our society and along with a huge in-equitable distribution of wealth.  We find Satan working through the destruction of the family for his purposes – for it is the family that provides an avenue to live out the gospel – where the husband loves his wife as Christ loved the Church, where wives submit to their husbands and were children obey their parents – micking the civil society with roles, responsiblities, order and purposes for every person. Divorce, allowed by the church, enabled the rapid progression of Satan’s plan to destroy the family. The notion of same sex marriage is anathema – it speaks to the very core of the sin of this world. Boothby noted six elements that were required to maintain a civil society. The fall of Rome epitomises all of these – Rome turned to sport, sex and pleasure – and consequently fell.

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David L Simon
Updated: 22 Apr 2018

 

Why did Jesus Christ have to come into the world?

A Bible Perspective of Christmas

I listened to a sermon last Sunday where the paster was very passionate about “Jesus” but left the audience in a state of unbelief. The mediocre, the apostate or the one the does not read the Bible preaches a false gospel. This man did – he had the congregation pray a prayer to invite “Jesus” into their hearts, yet at no time did he explain why they needed Jesus, other than to say a person was not in a ‘good’ place without Jesus. The Bible is very plain as to how one is saved:

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God Ephesians 2:8

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David L Simon
Updated: 24 Dec 2017

 

Virgin Birth and Incarnation of Christ Jesus

We read in Luke 1:35: "And the angel of the Lord said unto her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee; therefore also that Holy Thing, which shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God." Let us notice the two great statements given about His incarnation. "The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee." From the Gospel of Matthew we learn the full meaning of this statement. "That which is begotten in her is of the Holy Spirit." Therefore His human nature was produced in the virgin by the creative action of the Holy Spirit. Because His human nature was thus produced, it was a nature without sin; not only did He not sin, but He could not sin. He was sinless, absolutely holy, because He was conceived by the Holy Spirit.

The second statement is: "And the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee." This is not a repetition of the same truth as contained in the first statement. If this too would mean the Holy Spirit, we would have to conclude that the Holy Spirit is the Father of Him who became incarnate. We read at once after this second statement, "Therefore that Holy Thing, which shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God." The power of the Highest does not mean the power of the Holy Spirit. It is none other than the Son of God Himself. The eternal Son of God, He who is God, overshadowed her and this overshadowing meant the union of Himself with the human nature created by the Holy Spirit in the Virgin Mary.

He is called "that Holy Thing [or One]." He is something entirely new, a Being which cannot be classified. And then we read again, "That Holy One shall be called the Son of God." It does not say "shall be the Son of God;" such He ever was. Incarnation did not make Him Son of God. He shall be called Son of God; God manifested in the flesh.

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A C Gaebelien The Work of Christ Past, Present and Future 1913
Updated: 19 Dec 2017

 

Be Careful; Flee from Evil

Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry [evil].

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1 Corinthians 10:12-14
Updated: 15 Dec 2017

 

Psalm 2 - A short explanation

A Psalm of the Messiah the Prince

Main Idea

Mankind has deliberately rebelled against God, and unless they submit they will be punished (5, 9 & 12).

Main takeaway message

Raging against God is irrational – God exists and will destroy those who hate him; those that do not believe in Him or trust Him.

Overview

The Psalm is about King Messiah – Yeshua or Jesus Christ. The person, to whom the Psalmist (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) is speaking, is being told that the entire world is being placed under his authority and those that don’t obey will be punished.

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David L Simon
Updated: 03 Dec 2017

 

Praise the Saviour, ye who know Him!

Praise the Saviour, ye who know Him!
Who can tell how much we owe Him?
Gladly let us render to Him
All we are and have.

Jesus is the name that charms us;
He for conflicts fits and arms us;
Nothing moves and nothing harms us
When we trust in Him.

Trust in Him, ye saints, forever;
He is faithful, changing never;
Neither force nor guile can sever
Those He loves from Him.

Keep us, Lord, oh, keep us cleaving
To Thyself and still believing,
Till the hour of Thy receiving
The victorious Bride.

Then we shall be where we would be;
Then we shall be what we should be;
Things which are not now, nor could be,
Then shall be our own.

Thomas Kelly (1806)
Updated: 18 Sep 2017

 

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

Love divine, all loves excelling,
joy of heav'n, to earth come down,
fix in us Thy humble dwelling;
all Thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, Thou art all compassion;
pure, unbounded love Thou art;
visit us with Thy salvation;
enter ev'ry trembling heart.

Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit
into ev'ry troubled breast!
Let us all in Thee inherit;
let us find the promised rest.
Take away the love of sinning;
Alpha and Omega be;
end of faith, as its beginning,
set our hearts at liberty.

Come, Almighty, to deliver;
let us all Thy life receive;
suddenly return and never,
nevermore Thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
serve Thee as Thy hosts above,
pray and praise Thee without ceasing,
glory in Thy perfect love.

Finish then Thy new creation;
pure and spotless let us be.
Let us see Thy great salvation
perfectly restored in Thee.
Changed from glory into glory,
till in heav'n we take our place,
till we cast our crowns before Thee,
lost in wonder, love, and praise.

Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
Updated: 30 Jun 2018

 

Using this website

The weakness of any Christian website is the failure of the author to truly know the mind of God. His weakness due to sin (and there will be weaknesses) can always be revealed if checked against the Bible. Therefore, it is urged that anyone using this website must check the information against the Holy Scriptures - for the test of any such information, by any person, is measruing it against the Canon. For this reason the Canon is called simply that - deriving its name from 'cane' meaning measuring stick. Even the early Christians checked what the Apostle Paul had spoken against Scripture in order to test its veracity. You need to do the same.

Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Acts 17:11

Furthermore, we must test all things:

Test [prove] all things; hold fast what is good. 1 Thessalonians 5:22


Updated: 11 Feb 2017