Our author, provider, and object

Jesus is the author of our faith

Jesus is the provider of our faith,

Jesus is the object of our faith.

Heb. 12:2

An author is an originator or creator

The Greek word translated “author” can also mean “captain,” “chief leader”

or “prince.”

Acts 3:15 uses the same word:

“And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead;

whereof we are witnesses” (KJV)

while the NIV and ESV use the word “author” instead of “prince.”

Christ is the originator of our faith

He begins our faith,

He is the captain and prince or our faith.

Jesus controls our faith, steers it as a captain steers a ship,

and presides over it and cares for it as a monarch presides

over and cares for his people.

The Greek word translated “perfecter” in Hebrews 12:2

appears only this one time in the New Testament.

It means literally “completer” or “finisher” and speaks of bringing something

to its conclusion. Putting the two words together, we see that Jesus, as God,

both creating and sustaining our faith.

We know that saving faith is a gift from God, not something we come up with

on our own (Ephesians 2:8-9), and that gift comes from Christ, its creator.

He is also the sustainer of our faith, meaning that true saving faith cannot be lost,

taken away or given away. This is a source of great comfort in times of doubt

and spiritual struggles.

Christ has created our faith and He will watch over it, care for it, and sustain it.

God in Christ is not only the creator and sustainer of our saving faith,

but He is also the sustainer of our daily walk and the finisher of our spiritual journey.

For if God in Christ is not the author of our new life, and if Christ is not the finisher

and perfecter of our faith through the Holy Spirit’s indwelling power,

then we are neither born again nor are we a true follower of Christ.

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to

completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” “In him you also, when you heard

the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him,

were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our

inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory”

(Philippians 1:6; Ephesians 1:13-14).

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