The Three Tenses of Salvation

G. B. Caird

Edited by L. D. Hurst

in New Testament Theology

Published in print September 1995 | ISBN: 9780198263883
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603372 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 The Three Tenses of Salvation

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This chapter explores the three tenses of New Testament language about salvation. Salvation is expressed as a threefold act of God: an accomplished fact, an experience continuing in the present, and a consummation still to come. The New Testament writers use different metaphors to refer to any one of these tenses. All attempts to give priority to one tense over another lead to a distortion of the entire picture.

Keywords: salvation; tense; metaphor

Chapter.  8313 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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