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(Hebrews 12:2)

The Source of Faith

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;

2Cor.3:18> But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,  1Pet.1:11>Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.    John 15:20>Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

In order to grow in grace, we must live by faith“Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace (Romans 4:16). We cannot progress spiritually by the use of our natural, Adamic faculties. We must walk by faith in the Lord and His word“We walk by faithnot by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). Yet, where do we get faith? What is the source of faith?

Jesus is the source of our faith: “Jesus, the author… of our faith.” If we have saving faith in Christ, it was brought into being by Him. Our faith was authored by Jesus in a revelatory and relational manner. He revealed to us the truth we needed to know (through sermons, personal witnesses, tracts, audio tapes, books, Bible reading, or whatever). Then, He invited us into a relationship with Himself.

First, He told us the truth about our need. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 3:23 and 6:23a). Then, He told us the truth about His loving work on our behalf. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). All the while, His Spirit was convicting us of the reality of these matters. “And when He [the Holy Spirit] has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8). Ultimately, Jesus invited us to trust in Him for the gift of salvation. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.…the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Matthew 11:28 and Romans 6:23b). Basically, Jesus revealed Himself to us as the one who could be trusted to save our souls, so we placed our hope in Him. Thereby, He authored faith in us.

First, He told us the truth about our need. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 3:23 and 6:23a). Then, He told us the truth about His loving work on our behalf. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). All the while, His Spirit was convicting us of the reality of these matters. “And when He [the Holy Spirit] has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8). Ultimately, Jesus invited us to trust in Him for the gift of salvation. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.…the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Matthew 11:28 and Romans 6:23b). Basically, Jesus revealed Himself to us as the one who could be trusted to save our souls, so we placed our hope in Him. Thereby, He authored faith in us.

Now, where are we to go for more faith (for the developing of our faith)? Jesus is the source for this need as well: “Jesus…the… finisher of our faith.” The one who authored faith in us now wants to perfect our faith (to mature it) in the same manner that He began it. Initially, we had to have Jesus revealed to us to have faith authored in us. Now, we must have a continuing revelation of Him through His word, if our faith is to be increasingly built up.

Lord Jesus,

I praise You for authoring faith in me. Thank You for convincing me of my need of forgiveness of sins. Thank You for revealing to me Your great work on the cross. Thank You for inviting me to enter into a relationship with You. Please continue to reveal Yourself to me that my faith might grow and mature, Amen.

 

 

 

 

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