THE AUTHOR AND FINISHER
"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and
perfecter of our faith " (Hebrews 12:2, NIV).
The dual title "author and perfecter of our faith," portrays Christ as the
beginning and completion of the plan of salvation. God's redemptive master plan begins and
ends with Christ. The Greek word translated "author" is also rendered
"leader," "originator," "founder," and "pioneer."
Christ is all of these in the plan of salvation.
In this context, the word, author, suggests a combination of originator and leader. Not
only does the active principle of faith originate with Christ, but its exhibition in the
life of the believer is made possible through Him. Jesus Christ has become the unique and
authentic leader of all who believe (see John 5:19).
Salvation is always God's initiative. As the very resource of grace, Christ leads the way
to hope and eternal life.
It is not sufficient merely to begin a journey; it is the safe arrival that gives meaning
and purpose to it. The jubilant end of a race is crossing the finish line. That's why
Christ is portrayed as both "author and perfecter" (NIV), or "author and
finisher" (KJV). The word finisher is more accurately rendered as
"perfecter" (Greek, teleiotes). Hence, Jesus Christ not only begins our
salvation, but He perfects it as well. "We can do nothing to originate faith, for
faith is the gift of God. Neither can we perfect it, for Christ is the Finisher of our
faith. It is all of Christ."--Signs of the Times, May 16, 1892.
The great objective of life is the ultimate perfection made possible through the work of
Christ in and for us. Paul assures us that "he who began a good work in you will
carry it on to completion" (Philippians 1:6, NIV). The work that Christ begins in us
through justification, He perfects through sanctification. From start to finish, it is
Christ who works in us both "To will and to act according to his good purpose"
(Philippians 2:13, NIV).
My Prayer Today: Lord, author and perfecter of our faith, perfect me daily into
Your likeness. Amen.