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Yes, immortality is different from everlasting life. But the anointed will have immortality in the heavens.  The faithful angels are benefiting from  everlasting life but  the anointed will have

Continuing from above. *** w09 3/15 pp. 24-25 par. 3 Righteous Ones Will Praise God Forever *** 3 Jehovah rewarded Jesus with something that his Son did not have in his prehuman existence—in

Probably for @Jay Witness to respond on this perceived anomaly. However, April 1 1984 Watchtower discussed this question on pages 30-31: ▪ What is the difference between immortality and ever

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Yes, immortality is different from everlasting life.

But the anointed will have immortality in the heavens.  The faithful angels are benefiting from  everlasting life but  the anointed will have immortality, like Jesus. They will not/cannot ever die.

(John 17:17) Sanctify them by means of the truth; your word is truth.

 

 (Romans 15:4) For all the things that were written beforehand were written for our instruction, so that through our endurance and through the comfort from the Scriptures we might have hope.

 

(1 Corinthians 15:50-54) 50 But I tell you this, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit God’s Kingdom, nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Look! I tell you a sacred secret: We will not all fall asleep in death, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the blink of an eye, during the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised up incorruptible, and we will be changed. 53 For this which is corruptible must put on incorruption, and this which is mortal must put on immortality. 54 But when this which is corruptible puts on incorruption and this which is mortal puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will take place: “Death is swallowed up forever.. . .

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Probably for @Jay Witness to respond on this perceived anomaly.

However, April 1 1984 Watchtower discussed this question on pages 30-31:

▪ What is the difference between immortality and everlasting life?
Endless life will be enjoyed both by anointed ones receiving spirit life in heaven and by humans whom God declares righteous for life on the Paradise earth. So if you think about the outcome, immortality in heaven and everlasting life on earth result in basically the same thing—living forever. There are, though, some comments about immortality that can be made.
The Greek word translated “immortality” (athanasia) is formed from the negative a and from thanatos, meaning “death.” Immortality thus has the basic sense of ‘without death,’ or deathlessness. Understandably, Jehovah is the absolute source of all life and is immortal. (Psalm 36:9; 90:1, 2) This is confirmed by the fact that his glorified Son, who now “is the reflection of [God’s] glory and the exact representation of his very being,” is described as “the King of those [men] who rule as kings and Lord of those who rule as lords, the one alone having immortality.” (Hebrews 1:3; 1 Timothy 6:15, 16) No creature can take Jesus’ life as an immortal, which makes him different from humans or spirits that can die. Further, we read: “Now that [Christ] has been raised up from the dead, [he] dies no more; death is master over him no more.”—Romans 6:9.
Though immortality is, in a sense, everlasting life, immortality apparently implies more than that its possessor will live forever. It seems to indicate a particular quality of life, and it is linked with incorruption. The Bible says about spirit-anointed Christians who receive the heavenly reward: “This which is corruptible [in its human body] must put on incorruption, and this which is mortal must put on immortality. But when this which is corruptible puts on incorruption and this which is mortal puts on immortality, then the saying will take place that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up forever.’”—1 Corinthians 15:53, 54.
Still, the Bible does not provide much detail about the quality of life termed immortality. We do know that mortal humans—even perfect humans having the prospect of endless life on earth—must eat and drink to maintain life, or they die and their bodies experience corruption. (Genesis 2:9, 15, 16) No doubt immortality involves a quality of life that does not need to be sustained like that. Thus it could be said that all who become immortal are not subject to death or that ‘death is master over them no more.’ That would harmonize, too, with their receiving incorruptibility, indicating that their spirit body or organism is inherently beyond decay, ruin or corruption. (Compare 2 Corinthians 5:1; Revelation 20:6.) In these ways a difference might be seen between immortality and everlasting human life.
Jehovah God is the perfect Judge who rewards anointed ones with immortality. When he in his boundless wisdom and insight determines such ones to be completely tested and unquestionably qualified for immortality, we can trust that they will forever be faithful. All whom Jehovah judges worthy of endless life, whether as immortal spirits or as perfect humans, will be able to worship him forever. Thus, in the final analysis, both everlasting human life and immortality in heaven result in endless life.—John 17:3.
 

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You have to consider also why the "second death" will be kept on the books.  "Adamic" death will be gone forever;  however, the second death will be reserved just in case someone "gets ideas" in the future.  The precedents will have been set and there will be no delay in using the second death to rid the earth of any possible future willful sin/rebellion, although that will be unlikely after the final test.

Just imagine if immortality and everlasting life were the same.  What would Jehovah be able to do to Satan after he had sinned?  The effect is similar, but one (everlasting life) depends on continuing to obey Jehovah out of love and respecting all the laws of nature; whereas one (immortality) cannot be touched by death at all.

Jehovah's wisdom is past tracing out - nothing can pass him; he is always prepared.(Romans 11:33) O the depth of God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How unsearchable his judgments are and beyond tracing out his ways are!

(Revelation 20:6) . . .Happy and holy is anyone having part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no authority, but they will be priests of God and of the Christ, and they will rule as kings with him for the 1,000 years.

(Hebrews 7:15-17) 15 And this becomes even clearer when another priest arises who is like Mel·chizʹe·dek, 16 who has become such, not by the legal requirement that depends on fleshly descent, but by the power of an indestructible life. 17 For it is said in witness of him: “You are a priest forever in the manner of Mel·chizʹe·dek.”

(Revelation 20:14, 15) 14 And death and the Grave were hurled into the lake of fire. This means the second death, the lake of fire. 15 Furthermore, whoever was not found written in the book of life was hurled into the lake of fire.

(Revelation 20:9, 10) 9 And they advanced over the whole earth and encircled the camp of the holy ones and the beloved city. But fire came down out of heaven and consumed them. 10 And the Devil who was misleading them was hurled into the lake of fire and sulfur, where both the wild beast and the false prophet already were; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

Satan therefore has a destructible life (as well as other heavenly creatures). It goes without saying that Jehovah is the Source of Life - no point discussing the quality of his life.  However, Jesus' faithfulness has been proven in heaven and on earth. He has been rewarded with an indestructible life (see Hebrews 7 above). The 144,000 are rewarded with an indestructible life for their faithfulness on earth. At their final sealing Jehovah will be certain about that. Their faithfulness will continue in their heavenly station as the following scripture shows.   (Revelation 14:13) 13 And I heard a voice out of heaven say, “Write: Happy are the dead who die in union with the Lord from this time onward. Yes, says the spirit, let them rest from their labors, for the things they did go right with them.”

 

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Continuing from above.

*** w09 3/15 pp. 24-25 par. 3 Righteous Ones Will Praise God Forever ***

3 Jehovah rewarded Jesus with something that his Son did not have in his prehuman existence—indestructible life in heaven. (Heb. 7:15-17, 28) Jehovah was pleased to do this because Jesus had kept perfect integrity under severe tests. Jesus thereby provided his Father with the best, yes the complete, answer to Satan’s lie that humans serve God with selfish motives and not out of unbreakable love.—Prov. 27:11.

Jesus had a right to eternal life before he came to earth; and that is why he could ransom the human race and buy back life for us. (Isa 9:6 Eternal Father) However as the article and the scripture shows he was rewarded with an indestructible life - which he never had before.

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