And these will go away into (eternal) punishment; but the righteous into (eternal) life."
In this verse many Christians within the Trinity and the Oneness Pentecostal faiths have again become confused with understanding the simple truth of what Jesus is teaching here saying: And these will go away into eternal punishment.
Many believe because Jesus said the word (eternal), Jesus was teaching here the unsaved will go away into (eternal) fire which will burn the unsaved day and night for ever and ever, who will be roasted (eternally), never ending and never dying, as they teach.
As we see in Barnes' Notes on the Bible:
7. that the word used here is the same in the original as that used to express the eternal life of the righteous; if one can be proved to be limited in duration, the other can by the same arguments. "The proof that the righteous will be happy forever is precisely the same, and no other, than that the wicked will, be miserable forever."
In other words Trinitarian Barns confirms: than that the wicked will, be miserable (BURNING) forever."
Matthew Poole's Commentary
So then it seems they shall rise as well as the other; though they live in the lands of the Grand Seignior, or the Great Mogul, they shall not (as some filthy dreamers have thought) have such a quiet sleep in the graves, but that the sound of the last trump shall awaken them. Nor are they out of the jurisdiction of him that shall be the Judge both of the quick and the dead. Nor shall they escape a judgment without the law, because they have sinned without the law: For the invisible things of God from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead, Romans 1:20. They shall perish (as they have sinned) without the law, Romans 2:12. They shall go into everlasting punishment, not a punishment for a time, as Origen thought.
But the righteous, those who shall be so adjudged, being made so in this life by the imputed righteousness of Christ, and accepted as such for their holy and sincere conversation, though in many things imperfect, shall go
into life eternal; which doth not signify a mere eternal existence, (for so the worst of men shall live eternally, or else they could not be capable of eternal punishment), but a happy and blessed estate, which shall never have an end: and thus eternal life always signifieth in Scripture, being opposed to eternal death, everlasting fire, the worm that never dieth, &c. Thus endeth Christ’s kingdom of grace; or rather, thus shall begin his kingdom of glory; all his enemies being put under his feet, and none remaining but this glorious King, and those who shall be his true subjects. Of which kingdom shall be no end.
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
And these shall go away into everlasting punishment,.... Their excuses will not be regarded, their pleas will be of no avail, their pretensions to interest in Christ, and love to him, will be set aside; the sentence will remain irrevocable, and there will be no appeal from it, for there is no higher tribunal to bring the cause before; judgment having passed, the execution of it immediately follows: these goats, or formal professors, shall be obliged, whether they will or not, to depart from the presence of Christ; the angels will be ordered to take and cast them into everlasting burnings; they will be driven by them into hell, the place appointed for them; where they shall endure "everlasting punishment", as the Jews (p) also express it; and that both in soul and body, as the just desert of sin; which being committed against an infinite God, cannot be satisfied for by a finite creature; who therefore must ever bear the punishment of it, because its pollution and guilt will always remain:
but the righteous into life eternal; such as are justified by the righteousness of Christ, and who, though they have done works of righteousness under the influence, and by the assistance of the grace of God, yet have not depended upon them, but upon Christ, for life and salvation: these shall go into heaven, the place appointed for them, to enjoy that eternal life in soul and body, which is the free gift of God, through Christ; and will be a life free from all the sorrows of the present one; a life of perfect holiness and knowledge, and inconceivable pleasure; a life of vision of God, and communion with him, and which will continue for ever; and which ascertains the eternity of the punishment of the wicked: for as the happiness of the righteous will be eternal, the punishment of the wicked will be so too; for no reason can be given why the word which is the same in both clauses, should be taken in the one for a limited time, and in the other for an eternal duration. The Jews have a saying (q) which agrees with this last clause, "the world to come is not made but for the righteous",
(p) Caphtor, fol. 113. 1. Shalshelet Hakabala, fol. 71. 1.((q) T. Bab. Yebamot, fol, 47. 1.
As we read the Trinitarian commentaries believe Jesus is teaching the unsaved will have eternal life, by being punished, by burning FOR EVER and never dying.
However, we will see how Jesus was not teaching the unsaved will burn day and night for ever and ever, but instead Jesus was teaching the unsaved: will go away into (eternal) punishment, just as we read, and the righteous (will be rewarded) into (eternal) life.
Although we know the unsaved will go into eternal fire called Gehenna, HELL, the lake of fire Revelation 20:15, in this verse of Matthew 25:46 we clearly see there is nothing about fire or burning, but instead Jesus is talking about an (eternal) punishment and an (eternal) reward.
And below we see how Jesus refers to (the eternal fire).
Then also He will say to those on the left, 'Depart from Me, those being cursed, into the eternal fire, having been prepared for the devil and his angels.
But so many Christians are confused and think Jesus is referring to (the eternal fire), that never STOPS burning.
When instead we will see in the coming verses below, that Jesus is referring to (the eternal fire) that does its job, that is not extinguished, until it KILLS and DESTROYS eternally and FOR EVER.
will go away into (eternal) punishment: To me this is obvious that Jesus is referring to the unsaved, who will receive an eternal (punishment), which is an everlasting penalty.
but the righteous into (eternal) life: Just as Jesus is also referring to the righteous who will receive an (eternal) reward, which is everlasting life.
And in Romans 6:23 Paul tells us precisely the (reason) for the (punishment), resulting in a deadly penalty, and for the righteous the gift of God which is eternal life:
Berean Literal Bible
For the wages of sin is DEATH, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
Notice how Paul did not say: For the wages of sin is ETERNAL LIFE BURNING IN THE LAKE OF FIRE DAY AND NIGHT FOR EVER AND EVER .
Paul tells the: For the wages of sin is DEATH, NOT ETERNAL LIFE BURNING IN THE LAKE OF FIRE DAY AND NIGHT FOR EVER AND EVER.
In fact there are no such teachings by Paul saying the unsaved will BURN DAY AND NIGHT FOR EVER AND EVER who will never die.
And what Paul taught was IDENTICAL to what Jesus taught and what the whole Bibles teaches us.
Jesus taught us in Matthew 10:28 that the unsaved will be DESTROYED:
Berean Literal Bible
And you should not be afraid of those killing the body but not being able to kill the soul. Indeed rather you should fear the One being able to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.
Jesus also confirmed that being DESTROYED, will result in the second DEATH, which will result in absolute destruction FOR EVER.
James 4:12 said: There is one Lawgiver and Judge, the One being able to save and to DESTROY. But who are you judging the neighbor?
DESTROY and DEATH, never ever means ETERNAL LIFE, but instead DESTROY and DEATH means precisely what it says: absolute destruction, DEATH, and (ANNIHILATION).
There are no such teachings in the whole Bible saying GOD will keep the unsaved BURNING in FIRE day and night FOR EVER and EVER.
whose winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will clear His threshing floor and will gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."
BURNING in fire dose not keep things alive, but instead as Jesus said will DESTROY and cause DEATH: Revelation 20:6
Blessed and holy is the one having a part in the first resurrection! Over these the second death has no authority, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and will reign with Him a thousand years.
Please join me in Part 5 Scriptures Proving THE UNSAVED Will Not Have ETERNAL LIFE ROASTING IN HELL FIRE FOR EVER AND EVER.
There we look at the countless scriptures teaching how GOD will NOT BURN the lost FOREVER, and EVER, but how GOD will KILL and DESTROY the lost FOR EVER and EVER, implying utter destruction.
For the wages of sin is (DEATH), but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
For Part 1. THE FALSE TEACHINGS OF BURNING IN HELL FIRE DAY AND NIGHT FOREVER AND EVER, Revelation 14:11? The true meaning of Revelation 14:11.
For Part 2. The true meaning of Revelation 20:10.
For Part 3. The true meaning of Mark 9:44, and 9:48.