The Immediacy of Faith (The Non Existence of the Dimension of Time in Faith)
Mat 8:8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word ( Greek: a word)) only, and my servant shall be healed.
9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go (aorist), and he goeth; ( present ) and to another, Come,( present) and he cometh;( present) and to my servant, Do this (aorist), and he doeth it(present)
10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you,
1. The “aorist tense” in the Greek, can be compared to our “past tense” in the English. Simply speaking, it describes a past occurrence. However, the Greek aorist tense is stronger than our English past tense.
2. This verb tense has the element of “punctiliar action.” This word is defined as a “punctuation” or “punctuation mark” in the succession of time. Can you see the similarity between punctiliar and punctuation? Whenever we place a question mark, a period, and a comma as we write, we insert one mark with our pens in the sequence of time and go on with our writing. This one single event jotted down in one moment of time, is called punctiliar action. I call the use of the aorist tense, “punctuation in time.” At the moment that we asked in accordance to the rhema word it was jotted down in history’ progressive timeline as something forevermore marked completed and accomplished.
3. The aorist tense is also called the “timeless aorist” or the “aorist of immediate consequences.’ The aorist tense has the element of timelessness. The dimension of time does not exist. Therefore, in faith, what is believed for in accordance to God’s rhema word simultaneously coincides with, and occurs upon the very exact moment that God gave it to us. Our asking and the giving by God is one in the same,
4. This is the timelessness and immediate consequence of the aorist tense.