Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 19, 2014

Three Tenses

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

Hebrews 9:26b But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

Hebrews 9:24 For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.

Hebrews 9:28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

In these 3 verses of Hebrews we find 3 different places for the appearance of Jesus. In the first quoted verse we find Christ sacrificing Himself to do away with the penalty of sin. This is a one-time event and will never need to be repeated. Then we find Christ in heaven in the presence of God the Father. He is there for us, interceding for us and telling the Father our sin is covered by His own shed blood. In verse 28 we read about His coming back to this earth to collect those of us who are eagerly waiting for Him. Those who have knowledge of grammar will note the tenses of verbs used in these 3 verses. The first is past tense. He had been there but is no longer there. Then we move to present tense. He is at this time interceding for us in the presence of God the Father. The last is future tense. We have a part in each of these tenses. We must appropriate the appearance in the past tense by inviting Jesus into our hearts and minds to be covered by His blood. In the present we must confess our sins and place them at the cross of Jesus. For the future tense we must share Who Jesus is and what He has done with others so He will be able to bring them with us before the presence of God the Father. Our question is in what tense do we find ourselves/

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