SECURE SALVATION - JN 5:24 - PART I Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. 1. The Absolute Certainty: "Verily, verily" double emphasis that demands absolute certainty of what is about to be spoken. 2. The Present tense verbs - "heareth....believeth....hath" - are all continuous action in the present state. These verbs are found in the indicative mood which declares a factual condition or state. He does not use the subjunctive mode or any causual particles or conditional clauses, but describes a factual present condition or state of existence (indicative mode). This is not a conditional life but an "eternal" life in possession. This present state in this context is immutable because the past action by God in reference to this present tense state is immutable from its point of completion to the present state and the future tense denies any change of the present state - thus the present state is immutably present. 3. Future tense verb - "shall not come into condemnation" The before described present condition will not be changed in the future. Only condemnation in the future from this present state would change the present state or rob this person of eternal life. Hence, this continuing action of faith and eternal life is immutable. 4. Perfect Tense verb - "passed from death unto life" - The perfect tense ("passed") points to a completed point of action in the past that remains unchangable or in a perfected state up to the present. The transaction from death to life is not a continuing or conditional action but is a completed action that remains complete - immutable to the present state (which present state is described as a believing condition). CONCLUSION: This present tense condition of eternal life in a believing state remains immutable from the point it was obtained in the past right up to its present state (perfect tense) and will remain immutable forever into the future (future tense) - thus "eternal" life. This means the present described condition as "heareth.....believeth.....hath eternal life" is immutable in the past, present and future.