Who puts on immortality?

There are some who believe that everyone will be immortal and will be saved. I thought I would address the idea of who becomes immortal. We see in 1 Timothy 6:14-16 that Christ is currently the ONLY one with immortality.

1 Timothy 6:14-16

14 that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which He will bring about at the proper time -He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternaldominion ! Amen.

The word translated as immortality in 1 Timothy 6:16 which speaks about CHRIST is Athanasia ( http://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/athanasia.html ). This means

1. undying, immortality, everlasting

This is not the same word usedin Romans 2:7 translated as immortality. THAT word is Aphtharsia ( http://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/aphtharsia.html ) and means:

1. incorruption, perpetuity
2. purity, sincerity, incorrupt

Romans 2:7

To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.

So a better translation would be “to those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor, and incorruption/purity, eternal life.”

It is the believer will be clothed with a new body and be given immortality. The earthly tent is the mortal body which perishes upon physical death. But believers have an eternal house in heaven and will be clothed with their heavenly dwelling.

2 Corinthians 5:1-9

1 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7 For we live by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.

But who is it who will inherit the kingdom of God?  We see this in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.

9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God ? Do not be deceived ; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

It is the BELIEVER in Christ who will inherit the kingdom of God. It is the BELIEVER in Christ who will be given an imperishable body and be given immortality. When Paul said the dead will be raised imperishable, he was saying the corpses of the believers will be raised as imperishable bodies. When THIS perishable puts on the imperishable, THIS mortal puts on the immortality of Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:50-54

50 Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God ; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery ; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet ; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory.

We know this pertains to believers because the unbelievers will be suffering eternal destruction, rather than eternal life. The word used in 2 Thessalonians 1:9 for ‘destruction’ is Olethros ( http://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/olethros.html ). This word means

1. ruin, destroy, death

a. for the destruction of the flesh, said of the external ills and troubles by which the lusts of the flesh are subdued and destroyed

2 Thessalonians 1:9 NAS

will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,

So unbelievers will be ever dying (eternal destruction), not undying (the meaning of immortality). So it is the believer in Christ will physically die and then put on imperishible and immortality.

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