And I walked and He who sat on the throne said to me, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write: ‘These words are trustworthy and true.” 6And He said to me, “They are done. I am Alap and I am Tau, The Source and The Fulfillment. Revelation 21:5 & 6 Aramaic Bible in Plain English

We talked about how powerful ‘tense’ is as it pertains to the Word of God. Let’s take a look again at the definition of the word tense.

tense- a set of forms taken by a verb to indicate time (and sometimes also the continuance and completeness) of the action in relation to the time of the utterance.

So the word tense indicates time and even the continuance of time and the completeness of something done inside or outside of time.  It may sound like I am getting a little sci-fyeey and in a way I am.  But trust me its all scriptural and based on DA TRUTH.  To prove to you exactly what I am saying lets take at a word or promise that is in the New Testament  many times.  The word eternal life.

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  I John 5:11 NIV

And this is what he promised us–eternal life.  I John 2:25 NIV

For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. John 17:2 NIV

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them. John 3:36

Like I constantly say, don’t take my word for it, take The Word for it. Four scriptures that speak of eternal life.  Take a close look at the last one.

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them. John 3:36

That verse says whoever believes in the Son (Jesus) HAS ETERNAL LIFE.  It did not say they are going to get it when they get to Heaven.  It says the HAVE IT.  The word have is the Greek word echo.  It means to have, to hold and to possess it.  Now lets find out what eternal life means and entails.

The word eternal in eternal life is the Greek word aionios.  Based on the Strongs dictionary the word aionios means…

the unique quality (reality) of God’s life at work in the believer, i.e. as the Lord manifests His self-existent life (as it is in His sinless abode of heaven). “Eternal (166 /aiṓnios) life operates simultaneously outside of time, inside of time, and beyond time – i.e. what gives time its everlasting meaning for the believer through faith, yet is also time-independent. See 165 (aiōn).

[166 (aiṓnios) does not focus on the future per se, but rather on the quality of the age (165 /aiṓn) it relates to. Thus believers live in “eternal (166 /aiṓnios) life” right now, experiencing this quality of God’s life now as a present possession. (Note the Gk present tense of having eternal life in Jn 3:36, 5:24, 6:47; cf. Ro 6:23.)]

I want you to pay close attention to two things.

  • Eternal life is a present possession.
  • Eternal life operates outside of time, inside of time and beyond time.

What does the last statement mean?   It means its not subject to time.  Time is subject to that life, eternal life and YOU HAVE IT.  Believers live in eternal life right now by faith. When they receive this by faith then that eternal life and power over death is made manifest in their lives by faith.  So if you don’t believe that and confess it you won’t see it. The spirit of faith operates according to I BELIEVE therefore I SPEAK not I SEE  so I BELIEVE.   No, I believe I HAVE, HOLD AND POSSESS eternal life right here, right now.  I have the same quality of life as Poppa Himself does in His sinless abode.  All of Heaven belongs to us because we are right now currently citizens of Heaven and seated in Heavenly places with Christ Jesus.

But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives…. Phillipians 3:20 New Living Translation 

If you are from America and you go to Italy you don’t lose you rights and benefits as an American citizen just because you are in another country.  No you still have full rights and benefits and all the backing of the USA and their power, authority, military and their influence as a citizen.  This is true in an even greater degree as a citizen of Heaven.  This is true NOW and FOREVER.  Are you beginning to see the power of ‘tense’?

All the blessed to you! Shalom!!!