The Aorist (tense)

The Aorist tense is the only thing I know about the Greek language that matters. It’s value to me has not been minimized. I don’t know Classical Greek nor Koine Greek but I learned about Greek verb tenses in college. I am far past college now and I still remember the aorist tense of a Greek verb and its implications for us who believe in a God who was, who is and who is to come.

God in heaven “needed” (in quotes because He is never needy) the aorist tense in a language before He completed all his work on this earth. He waited for the Son to come until that language was expressed and in written form. That is Koinonia Greek.

I will put a few references here to establish the implications of this verb tense for God’s communication to us and for what He has done in our behalf–all without any worthiness on our part.

Thank God for the aorist tense.

For further enlightenment:

The Aorist is so much more than a past tense (Mounce displays the use of the aorist tense in the New Testament)
Dive into the technical in New Testament greek

2 thoughts on “The Aorist (tense)

  1. As someone who learned Greek and still uses it, I have said to our adult Bible class that the New Testament comes to us in Greek because there are so many things that can be “said” in this language that would be difficult in any other, and verb tenses is only one. It is unlikely that Jesus taught in the Greek language, more likely using Aramaic, perhaps Hebrew at times. That would be clear to the Jews of that day, but when the Gospel spread to the world, Greek carried it in a cultural form that was more readily understood by the vast numbers of Gentiles. I’ll stop there because your article brings attention to one of the aspects and is likely not inviting a months-long lesson on Greek! Thanks for doing that, by the way. Sometimes we forget the power of language…


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