God who cannot lie (o apseudh qeo). "The non-lying God." Old adjective (a privative and pseudh), here only in N.T. See 2 Timothy 2:13 . In Polycarp's last prayer. Promised (ephggeilato). First aorist middle indicative of epaggellw. Antithesis in epanerwsen de (manifested) in verse 2 Timothy 3 (first aorist active indicative of panerow). Same contrast in Romans 16:25 ; Colossians 1:26 . Before times eternal (pro cronwn aiwnwn). Not to God's purpose before time began ( Ephesians 1:4 ; 2 Timothy 1:9 ), but to definite promises ( Romans 9:4 ) made in time (Lock). "Long ages ago." See Romans 16:25 .