Names of the Lord: Jesus Is the Author and Perfecter of Faith

God wants us to have faith in Him.  However, He didn’t command everyone to have it until He first demonstrated what it was like.  That is, He became an example of faith, a forerunner for us.

God became Jesus so that He could demonstrate to us the kind of faith He was looking for.  Therefore, Jesus “authored” faith.  He “wrote the book” on how to practice it.  Along the way, He “perfected” it.  He showed what fully developed faith looks like.  Hebrews 12:1-2 therefore uses this name to describe Jesus: “the author and perfecter of faith.”

If faith seems difficult to you, just remember that Jesus Himself is our example.  Follow Him and you’ll see what the life of faith is all about.

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Names of the Lord: Jesus Is the Runner and the Forerunner

In Hebrews 6:20 Jesus is said to be “a forerunner for us.”  Later on in that letter (12:1-2) we are exhorted to “run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus” who was seated in heaven at the conclusion of His successful race.  We see therefore that Jesus was a runner, but also a forerunner of other runners.

Thus, we are runners following in a path blazed by a forerunner.

Hebrews 12:1-2 also calls Jesus “the author and perfecter of faith” – thus emphasizing His path-breaking role on our behalf.  (One English translation substitutes “leader” for “author,” another substitutes “founder,” and another substitutes “pioneer” – all fit.)

Indeed let us run in the slipstream created by the One who loved us and gave Himself up for us.

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