by John D. Morris, Ph.D.
â€œI am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.â€ (Galatians 2:20)
The verb â€œto be,â€ in its various forms and tenses, enjoys wide usage throughout Scripture. Verses employing it, as it relates to us, contain many of the greatest and most precious truths. Consider the following sampling.
Past tense: â€œWhile we were yet sinners, Christ died for usâ€ (Romans 5:8). â€œWhen we were enemies, we were reconciled to Godâ€ (v. 10). â€œYou hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sinsâ€ (Ephesians 2:1). â€œYou, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciledâ€ (Colossians 1:21).
Present tense: â€œBlessed are they whose iniquities are forgivenâ€ (Romans 4:7). â€œKnow ye not that ye are the temple of God?â€ (1 Corinthians 3:16). â€œWho are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvationâ€ (1 Peter 1:5). â€œBy the grace of God I am what I amâ€ (1 Corinthians 15:10). â€œBeloved, now are we the sons of Godâ€ (1 John 3:2). â€œFor in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in himâ€ (Colossians 2:9-10). Note also our text verse.
Future tense: â€œIt doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he isâ€ (1 John 3:2). â€œThen we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lordâ€ (1 Thessalonians 4:17). â€œAnd there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. . . . and they shall reign for ever and everâ€ (Revelation 22:3-5). JDM