The Past Tense of the Word
When He was on the cross, Jesus said, “It is finished.” In the original Greek, that means paid in full. All that we need has already been provided.
Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. Colossians 1:12 (NKJV)
This verse says “has qualified.” That is written in the past tense, meaning it has already happened. He has qualified us, or made us fit, to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. That means we are already qualified to partake, or make use of, our inheritance. As we read God’s Word, we find that it has already been provided for us in Christ.
In the next verse, we read:
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love. Colossians 1:13 (NKJV)
Once again, we see it is written in the past tense. Therefore, Jesus has already delivered us from the devil’s authority. We simply need to receive it and enforce our victory by speaking God’s Word and acting like it is so. Then we can see it come to pass in our lives.
We don’t need to live defeated and in bondage when Jesus has already set us free. We can’t let satan, sin, sickness or any other thing defeat us, hold us down or keep us from all God has for us. You are not trapped in your past. Let go and start acting like the person God made you to be: free and happy.
As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue. II Peter 1:3 (NKJV)
According to this verse, God has already given us everything we need to live a godly life. If you need peace- it’s already provided. If you need prosperity- it’s already provided. If you need freedom from sin and problematic habits- it’s already provided. To access what has already been given to us, we just need to go to the Word and see what it says about peace, prosperity, freedom, or whatever we need. It will tell us any steps that we need to take to tap into what has been provided. For example, to access God’s provision, the Word says we should give, and more will be given back to us. If we are not walking in all that God provided, it means that we have not done our part to tap into what The Lord has already done for us.
Ephesians 1:3- 2:14 speaks of what God has done for us in and through Christ. I won’t cover the whole passage for the sake of space and time, but here are some that are listed.
Ephesians 1:3 says God has blessed us in Christ.
Ephesians 1:4 states that God has chosen us.
Ephesians 1:6 tells us that God has made us accepted in Christ.
Ephesians 1:8 says that God has given us wisdom and prudence.
Those are just a few. Take some time and go to the book of Ephesians and see the other things that are noted. Actually, the things that God has already done for us are noted in numerous places throughout the entire New Testament. Read God’s Word to discover and enjoy all that He has given us. There is so much for us to take advantage of, and most of us have only scratched the surface. Imagine the possibilities!