by Mark Baker

The Author and Finisher
Mark Baker
Hebrews 12:2

Hebrews 12:2 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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

One translation says author and perfecter of our faith. Another translation says our leader and instructor.

I often emphasize the part we have to play in walking out our Christian faith. One of the reasons that I emphasize our end of things more, is because I know that the Lord always honors His Word, and will never fail to honor His end of the Covenant. A Covenant is between two agreeing parties. Knowing this takes a tremendous load off of our shoulders. We are not in this alone. We can know that He is absolutely faithful to fulfill His promises. It is never only up to us. Even when we feel all alone, we are not. His Word says He will never leave us or forsake us. He is always there assisting, encouraging, leading, comforting, giving direction, and disciplining, as needed.

He created us and He is the One who gives us faith and the ability to walk in it.

John 1:3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

As Hebrews 12:2 says, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

Our responsibility is to continue to look unto Him, and keep on looking to Him. We don't look to Him once, and then that's it. It is a continual and ongoing process. Vines say this means -- observe, discern, perceive. This is not a casual glance, but an intent gaze for the purpose understanding. This is also a decision on our part. We have the opportunity to look at a lot of things as there are always options. Satan will make sure of that. We're always going to have the option to look somewhere else other than to look at the one who is the author and finisher of our faith. I'm making a point of this because what we look at is what our faith will be in. If our gaze ...

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