[166 (aiṓnios) does not focus on the future per se, but rather on the quality of the age (165 /aiṓn) it relates to. Thus believers live in "eternal (166 /aiṓnios) life" right now, experiencing this quality of God's life now as a present possession. (Note the Greek present tense of having eternal life in John 3:36, 5:24, 6:47 and Romans 6:23.)]
Here are four instances in which “everlasting” or “eternal” life is described in the present tense of having “everlasting” or “eternal” life right now! The Greek word, aionios, is used to describe the quality or characteristics of a period of time and not the length of a period of time. So, aionios is really being used to describe the “fruits of living in spiritual life” or “living in happiness, peace, joy, abundance, and prosperity" as Galatians 5: 22 states, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, and faith." Aionios is not being used to describe “a time period that has no end” as the English words, “everlasting” or “eternal,” are commonly defined.
36He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting (aiṓnios) life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him
24Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting (aiṓnios) life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
47Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting (aiṓnios) life.
23For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal (aiṓnios) life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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