What Are the Indicatives and Imperatives of Grace in the Bible?

What Are the Indicatives and Imperatives of Grace in the Bible?

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In English grammar, the indicatives and imperatives are verbs that denote mood. Indicatives are statements of fact or reality while the imperatives are used to give “orders, commands, warnings or instructions.”

In the Bible, the indicatives are statements of what is already true in Christians even at the present time. On the other hand, the imperatives are usually the responses that are expected of Christians in view of what is already true in them (the indicative). These two usually go together. This is the usual pattern that can be found in Scripture. It is helpful if we are aware of this fact. They go hand in hand.

Unfortunately, some people tend to emphasize one over the other. Some may emphasize the indicatives more and disregard or downplay the imperatives and vice versa. The Bible on the other hand clearly shows that it’s not an “either/or” situation but rather it’s a “both/and” situation.  It is clear in the Bible that both are important.

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