Monday, September 28

The Faith Builder

The Bible tells us in Hebrews 12:2a, “Looking to the Author and Finisher of our faith, Jesus.” (The Received Greek Text)

The dictionary tells us that an author is an originator or creator, as of a theory or plan. So, let’s see what the Greek words tell us.

* The word ‘looking’ means to consider attentively, to turn the eyes away from other things and fix them on something.

* ‘Author’ also means captain, prince, chief leader, one that takes the lead in anything and thus affords an example, furnishing the first cause or occasion, a predecessor in a matter, originating, beginning, or founder.

Therefore, the Amplified expands the verse this way, “Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection].” (Heb. 12:2 Amp)

When a heart receives eternal salvation by accepting the sacrifice of Christ’s blood, righteousness is imparted into each heart, along with the seedling of faith. In order for that seedling to blossom and grow, it needs watering and, well, er, fertilizer.

What does the Bible say about the process through which faith grows?

James said, “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” (James 1:2-4 NLT)

* From the opening verse, the word ‘Finisher’ also means consummator, perfecter, completer, One who has in his own person raised faith to its perfection and so set before us the highest example of faith.

If Jesus is the Leader, Source, and Example of our faith, do we allow Him to put His finishing touches on our faith? Do we go through the testing trials of life with our eyes of faith on Him or on the afflictions?

Have you ever read Hebrews 11? I love that chapter. Of all the tribulations and heartaches that mankind has endured, this chapter tells me that, no matter what happens in life, I can make it. And so can you.

So, from the faith displayed in one suffering, it is built up and performed in the next circumstance. And so we live, as Paul tells us, “The just shall live by faith.” (Rom. 1:17b NKJV)

Does Jesus have say to us as He did to the disciples, “Where is your faith?” (Luke 8:25b NKJV) Are our eyes turned toward Him? Reminds me of the old hymn Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus…

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.” Amen!

May your eyes behold the glorious face of your Saviour, as His light dims the harshness of your afflictions, and may you know that the Lord is the Author and Finisher of your faith.

14 Responses
  1. Amen Lynn. I love how God allows you to use the original Greek for teaching. Praise God.

  2. Thanks, Lynn! Now I know that my trials and temptations are ferterlizer. What a great thought. I love it!

    Be blessed,


  3. lynnmosher Says:

    Aw, thank you, sweetie! You bless me! I love taking apart verses and looking for deeper meanings. Bless you!

  4. lynnmosher Says:

    LOL! Lynnda, I started to expand on the "fertilizer" part but thought I'd better not. Thanks for being a faithful follower. Blessings to you!

  5. Lorrie Says:

    Thanks Lynn. My morning studies are in Daniel now and this verse from this morning was on my mind -

    Dan 11:35 And some of those of understanding shall fall, to refine them, purify them, and make them white, until the time of the end; because it is still for the appointed time.

    Your post fits perfectly because it and the above verse make me know that I want to be refined and finished before the end times come!

    Oh do your work in me Lord!


  6. Sylvia Says:

    Great and inspired post Lynn. Thank you for all the hard work you put into your posts as you hear from God. You bless me. So many nuggets there.

    May you always know His touch on your life.

  7. Sheila Deeth Says:

    A lovely way to think of the true author as I dream of being a lowly wordsmith.

  8. Billy Coffey Says:

    Oh Lynn, I loved this! It's amazing to me that plumbing the depths of scripture only reveals more truth.

  9. Thank you so much, Lynn, for all the insights you share with us! This is another great post and such an important reminder to keep our eyes on Jesus rather than our afflictions. You are such a blessing!

  10. lynnmosher Says:

    Oh, thank you, Kimberly! I love to tear the verses apart, the NT and the OT, and see what the definitions tell us. Bless you!

  11. lynnmosher Says:

    Oh, Lorrie, I love that verse! Thanks for sharing it with me. Thanks for being such a special friend! Bless you!

  12. lynnmosher Says:

    Thank you, Sylvia! You are too precious! May the Lord bless you!

  13. lynnmosher Says:

    I love that thought, Sheila! Great insight! Bless you!

  14. lynnmosher Says:

    Oh, Billy, you are so right. There is so much more beneath the surface of the words. Love digging deeper! Bless you!