There is no word in the Word of God that is there by mistake. There are also no contradictions in the Bible.
The word "never" is used 37 times in the New Testament. It is a small and simple word...yet it is a strong word. It means not at any time, not at any place, not by any person; not to any degree; not now or hereafter or not ever. We have all heard the statement "Never say never." It is true. We do not have the authority to say that word...but God does have the authority to say it.
John 7:46 "The officers answered, Never man spake like this man." This is a special "never". Man said this word here but he said it about Jesus.
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 6:35 "And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst." John 11:26 "And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?" These are satisfying nevers concerning the person of Christ. They speak of our provision by God. He saves and He satisfies. If your soul is not satisfied you are not saved. What God does He does forever!!
John 10:28 "And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand." This is a securing never concerning protection. Once we are saved we are eternally secure in our salvation. Nothing and no one can take it from us.
Hebrews 13:5c "...for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." This is a sure never concerning a presence of Christ. No matter how badly we have failed the Lord...He has never left us.
Matthew 7:23 "And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." This is a solemn never concerning the punishment of Christ. Some will hear Christ's words and do them and there are also those who hear them and do them not. Those who do them put off good fruity. Those who don't do them put off corrupt fruit. Many are professing Christ but do not possess Him. Those who die without Christ will hear this "never". He not at any time...or in any place...or to any degree...did He know them. Our greatest mission field in the world is not in a foreign field but in the walls of our churches. Many have the head knowledge but do not have in their heart what it takes to get to Heaven. There has to be a place and a time when we realize we are a sinner. If you can't remember a day where you realized you are a sinner...then you are lost. You might have all the head knowledge of what Jesus did for you...but one who accepts what He did and believes it with their heart is saved and assured of Heaven.
This "never" is a final never. The person who hears this "never" goes to a place where the worm dieth not and where the fire is NEVER quenched. God says it will be better if you had never been born. I thank God I will never hear this "never".
There are more verses that use the word "never" that I will list in my next post. Be sure to check back for those. These are messages that our pastor preached on Sunday recently that I found very good and worthy of sharing with you all.