The Importance of Verb Tenses in The Bible


How to Make Our Position in Christ a Reality in Our Lives

2 Cor 4:10  Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

 11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

 Because we experience both the death and the life of the Lord in our lives in accordance to

2 Corinthians 4 :10 and 11 this teaches the reality of the death and the resurrection of the Lord in our lives.

Let us now look at the six scriptures below.  These verses define six specific events that every ‘believer shared in common “TOGETHER” with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Every Christian believer partook in these six occurrences simultaneously with the Lord Jesus. These historical incidents  have exerted an identical influence, and produced matching outcomes for us as it did for the Lord Jesus. We are absolutely one with the Lord in the course and development that these six events took Him through.

Rom 6:6  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

When Christ was CRUCIFIED, we were CRUCIFIED “TOGETHER” WITH HIM.

 Rom 6:8  Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

When Christ DIED on the cross, we DIED “TOGETHER” WITH HIM.

Rom 6:4  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

When Christ was BURIED in the tomb, we were BURIED “TOGETHER” WITH HIM.

Ephesians 2:5  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;-)

 When Christ was BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE, we were BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE “TOGETHER” WITH HIM.

Ephesians 2:6  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

When Christ ASCENDED UP TO HEAVEN, we ASCENDED UP TO HEAVEN “TOGETHER” WITH HIM.”

When Christ SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER TO RULE AND REIGN, we SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER TO RULE AND REIGN “TOGETHER” WITH HIM.

In Christ

We know that the crucifixion, death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and the sitting down of Christ at God’s right hand to rein, ARE ALL HISTORICAL EVENTS.

Roughly two thousand years ago, in the succession of time, theses six incidents left their mark in history. Their historical occurrences will influence time for all eternity.

All “born again believers” from the past, the present-day, and the future, were “TOGETHER WITH CHRIST” and therefore PRESENT AT THESE SIX EVENTS;

EVERY BELIEVER WAS THERE EXACTLY AT THE SAME TIME, AND IN THE VERY SAME LOCATION AS THE LORD JESUS WAS, when these events took place.

THE IMPACT, AND THE FINAL OUTCOME OF THESE SIX EVENTS UPON THE LORD JESUS’ LIFE, WAS IN EVERY WAY OUR IMPACT AND OUTCOME.

How can this seeming impossibility be a reality?  You and I, were not even born two thousand years ago!  Secondly, Jesus died and rose in Israel, and most of us live in different parts of the world, which is not Israel.

The answer lies that every born again believer IS IN CHRIST!

Visualize for a moment that Christ Jesus is “a book.” You, and I, and every believer that has and will pass through the pages of global history, is a piece of paper.

We open the book, slip the piece of paper deep within its pages, and close the book.  The piece of paper is now IN THE BOOK!   Hence every born again believer is IN CHRIST! Every person, at the moment of his or her conversion, automatically becomes IN CHRIST.

Whatever happened to the book or wherever the book went, will also be the paper’s destiny because it is forevermore in the book.  So it is with us, and the Lord Jesus.

John 14:20  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

1 Cor 15:22  For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.

 Rom 5:12  Therefore as sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all men sinned—

 Rom 5:19  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

 Every person in human civilization is IN ADAM.   Even though billions of us were not yet born when Adam roamed the face of the earth, spiritually speaking, he and Eve gave birth to all of us, through a long line of their descendants.  Let us look at the result of our being IN ADAM.   Romans five and twelve tells us that sin came into the world through this one man, Adam. Sin has spread and will continue to spread to all men and women in civilization causing the eventual death of all humanity.  In other words, the impact and the outcome that sin had upon Adam have now become our impact and outcome. Our being IN ADAM has caused us partake “TOGETHER WITH” him of his sinful nature.

However, at the very moment that any man or a woman becomes “born again,” they have now become IN CHRIST, and forevermore have partaken TOGETHER WITH Christ in His life, death, resurrection and ruler ship.

The Past Tense

These six historical events that we partook “TOGETHER WITH” the Lord Jesus Christ are all in the “past tense.”

The Indicative And The Subjunctive Moods

Every grammatical tense in the Greek language is further explained by its grammatical “moods.” The grammatical mood gives life to the past tense in this case.

There are three moods in the Greek grammar; we will however only deal with the two that concern us today; the indicative and the subjunctive.

The indicative mood is a “statement of fact.”  When used with the past tense it tells us the following:  An event without fail has occurred, or will occur, and will punctuate the progression of history, makes no mistake about it!  This is called the past indicative. There is no possibility of its not coming to pass.

The subjunctive is the mood of “probability and possibility,” and its occurrence is conditional upon a person’s free will to make it happen.

The past subjunctive can be defined as an event that will punctuate the succession of history if an individual is faithful to carry out it as an act of their free will.

The Six Events

  Rom 6:6  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him(Past Indicative), that the body of sin might be destroyed(Past Subjunctive), that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Rom 6:8  Now if we be dead with(Past Indicative) Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

 Rom 6:4  Therefore we are buried with(Past Indicative) him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk(Past Subjunctive) in newness of life.

 Ephesians 2:5  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together(Past Indicative)  with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;-)

   Ephesians 2:6  And hath raised us up together (Past Indicative), and made us sit together (Past Indicative)in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

 7  That in the ages to come he might shew(Past Subjunctive) the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

 Romans 3:22  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

 As we study the six events, I want you to take special notice of the glorious beauty of the Lord’s accomplished works as seen in the scriptures above.  His crucifixion, death, burial, coming back to life, ascension, and sitting down at God’s right hand to reign, are all in the past indicative!  This tells us that without fail, He faithfully executed theses six events to utter completion!  Hallelujah!

You will notice however that as we progress through this section of our study, that because Christ has once and for all unmistakably accomplished all in the past indicative, our walk with the Lord is tied up in the past subjunctive.

The big problem throughout history is that the church, through its ignorance of its position in Christ, and by a disobedient free will, has left the accomplished tasks of Christ in the heavenlies, unaccomplished on earth.  I don’t think that we yet understand the eternal ramifications of our not habitually completing the accomplished tasks of Christ on earth through a life of disobedience.  It is most sobering for us to know that in our hands lies the responsibility to become free, Spirit filled Christians, which can bring, or fail to bring, the spiritual kingdom of God into the earthly realm, through the obedient or disobedient exercise of our free wills. A free will, which is uncompromisingly obedient and continuously yielded to the Spirit of God, will bring forth the reality of God’s accomplished acts into the earth, and will cause all circumstances to line up in accordance to it. Let us look at one example

Rom 6:6  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified(Past Indicative) with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed,(Aorist Subjunctive) that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Our old man was crucified “TOGETHER WITH” Christ.  Please notice the past indicative.  In that the Lord died two thousand years ago, we died two thousand years ago together in Him. The apostle Paul stresses that it was “our old man” which died. Our old man was made up of the body, or the essence of the sin that dwelled within us. The “old man” is all that embodied and defined sin in us.  In the reality of our spiritual position in Christ however, we are sinless. There are several reasons for this.

Rom 6:7  For he that is dead is freed from sin.

The King James poorly translates verse seven of Romans chapter six. This verse should read as “For he that has died is justified from sin.”

Justification is defined as innocence. A corpse has no sin. Therefore, he cannot sin, nor can he be tempted by sin.  Because of his sinlessness, and his inability to sin, he is innocent from, or of sin. A corpse is therefore justified from sin. When we died and were buried together with Christ, we became a corpse, totally set free from sin. However the manifestation of this reality in our lives is tied up with our free will, our faith in believing this positional reality and our obedience to the Lord as seen with the past subjunctive in Romans 6:4 below,

Rom 6:4  Therefore we are buried with(Past Indicative) him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk(Past Subjunctive) in newness of life.

 The Righteousness of God Which is by Faith.

Romans 3:21  But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

 Romans 3:22  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

 Romans 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the ( Rhema) word of God.

God’s righteousness is defined as the deeds and works of God executed on our behalf.

God’s righteousness is released by our faith, and comes upon all those who believe.

The faith, which releases God’s righteousness, is His rhema word in our lives as seen in Romans 10:17 above.

The six events become a reality in our lives as God works them into our lives through the righteousness of God by faith.

Our daily Christian walk is nothing else than taking the accomplished events of the Lord, which dwell positionally in the spiritual realm, and making them a manifested reality to us in the earthly realm.

To the proportion that these positional events in the heavenly realm become a reality to us in the earthly realm as a rhema word, and we can then believe them in faith so that God can make them come to pass through the righteousness of God by faith, is to the same proportion that they will become, or not become, a reality in our lives either setting us totally free, or leaving us in partial bondage.

John 8:32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

 Greek: And you shall know through progressive learning what is genuine and accurate about God, and in proportion to your correct understanding of the things of God will be the same proportion that these truths will set you free.

The devil will constantly hit us in any area of our lives that these positional events are yet not a reality to us as a rhema word. We can have 99% truth as rhema word and 1% uncertainty or unbelief.  The devil will hit this 1% percent until it becomes revealed as a rhema word.  It is imperative to know that in these six events we were IN CHRIST and that they are all PAST INDICATIVE OCCURENCES.

In God’s kingdom everything of His kingdom becomes a manifested reality to in proportion or degree of our faith as a revealed rhema word.

Matthew 9:29  Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

 Matthew 8:13  And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

If we are not fully assured by the revelation of the rhema word that these six events occurs as we have taught they will not become a full reality to us and we will stay in bondage.

Additional Materials if Needed

Eph  1:19  And what is the exceeding greatness of his power ( DUNAMIS) to us-ward (FUNNELED INTO) who believe ( CONTINUALLY BELIEVING) , according to the working( ENERGY PUT OUT) of his mighty ( ISCHUN) power,(KRATOS)

 What is the throwing beyond (homerun) greatness of His dunamis power funneled into us the ones believing according to the energy that is put out as God’s inner spiritual strength is translated into His external dominion.

20 Which he wrought (ENERGIZED) in Christ, when he raised him from the dead (CORPSE), and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

Which He energized (PAST TENSE) in Christ when He raised Him out of a corpse…..

Working in verse nineteen, and wrought in verse twenty are exactly the same root word; ENERGY; Working, is the noun, energy.  Wrought is the verb to energize.

Eph  1:19  And what is the exceeding greatness of his power ( DUNAMIS) to us-ward (FUNNELED INTO) who believe ( CONTINUALLY BELIEVING) , according to the working( ENERGY PUT OUT) of his mighty ( INNER SPIRITUAL STRENGTH) power,(EXTERNAL DOMINION)

What is the throwing beyond (homerun) greatness of His dunamis power funneled into us the ones believing according to the energy that is put out as God’s inner spiritual strength is translated into His external dominion.

Dunamis power is the inherent power within every created being, living, and non-living.  God has His own inherent dunamis power.

This dunamis power of God now deposited in us allows for His glory to be revealed in the saints as He puts down and renders useless all that is not of him.

20 Which he wrought (ENERGIZED) in Christ, when he raised him from the dead (CORPSE), and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

The definition of God’s DUNAMIS POWER was the energy that was “put out” (in the historical event 2000 years ago), as Christ was raised up from a corpse and made to sit far above in rank, power, and physical distance over all principalities, powers, and might, dominions, and all names which are named both in heaven and upon the earth.

This dunamis power was once and for all energized or charged up INTO CHRIST.

In fact, Christ is a battery.

This is just like the “Energizer Bunny”.  Christ is eternally charged up with this charge of power. Christ in this charged state lives in us.

Because Christ lives in us, so does this DUNAMIS POWER.

However the living reality of this dunamis power, as it is funneled or manifested into us comes in proportion to our faith.

Let us look now in more detail now the properties of the dunamis power that we have resident within us and available to us when we walk in childlike obedience and faith.

 Eph 1:21      Far above all principality (BEGINNING), and power(AUTHORITY), and might, (DUNAMIS POWER) and dominion( LORDSHIP OR BONDAGE), and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

Far above in rank, power, and physical distance.

Every type of principality – Or the beginning of every created thing.

We know a principality to be an authoritative demonic being.  However, in the NT, the word principality is also used for a physical beginning, the creation of something, and the root source of something.  The dunamis power of God in Christ, and available to us, is far above in rank and power, above every root problem such as generational sins, curses, judgments, and the root causes and beginnings in diseases.

Revelation 1:8  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning  (ARCHE)and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

 Revelation 22:13  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning (ARCHE)and the end, the first and the last.

Authority Power of choice; liberty to do as one pleases; jurisdiction such as a state police has over every road within a state; the power of rule and government.

Authority is the power of choice; or the liberty to do as one pleases, such as the jurisdiction enjoyed by a state policeman or woman over every road and highway within the state wherein they work.  Cancer, for example has its own authority, in that it can spread at will throughout the human body. However the authority found in Christ’s dunamis power has an authority far above in rank and power over that of cancer. By our words, as they are tempered or alloyed 50/50 with faith, the kingly sway, the power of choice, or the liberty of action to command the cancer where we please, is available to us.

Dunamis power The inherent power in every created thing that defines it and gives to it its life.

As we spoke earlier on, dunamis power is the inherent power exclusive, to every created thing.  Water, has an inherent power of its own, which gives to it its life, and defines it as water exclusive of any another object.  Cancer has another type of dunamis power.  God has His own dunamis power.  The dunamis or inherent power of Christ resident in us is far in rank and power above the inherent power of any other created object.  Hallelujah!  When we minister, we know that Christ’s inherent power will subordinate, subjugate and destroy the inherent power sustaining the evil that we are ministering against.

The inherent or dunamis power of something gives to it life, glory, and honor.  Cancer, though evil in nature, has its own evil glory and honor.

Lordship- Someone or something which can bring into bondage.

And every name that identifies something for what it is exclusive of anything else.

A miracle is an OPERATION of DUNAMIS POWER. The OPERATION is what makes the work fully operational and effective in the physical world.  The DUNAMIS POWER, in this case being God’s, is FAR ABOVE in rank and distance above all root beginnings, bondages, jurisdiction, inherent power, and every name that is named, of anything else in which it is ministered into.

22  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

All these Christ subordinated and subjected under His feet.  When God gave Christ be to be head over these things to the church; this same power is now available to us.

Colossians 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

 Because in Him were all types of things were created, the discernible and the indiscernible, there being thrones (ones reigning), kuriotes(exercising control and bringing into bondage) arches and exousisas; all things work through Him and Into Him ( obedience and bringing Him further glory)

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