Keep Running! – 6

Who is this Christ whom you should trust today? First, Jesus is “the author of our faith” (Heb. 11:2, NKJV). The noun, “author,” (Gk. archegos), means, “originator, founder” (BAGD); “one who causes something to begin – ‘initiator, founder, originator.’” (Louw-Nida).

Christ originated, initiated, and founded the faith that is founded on his death and resurrection (Heb. 2:10). While the witnesses of the faith in Heb. 11 testify of their faith in God, Jesus is himself the originator, founder, and initiator of that faith in God. While the witnesses of the faith in Heb. 11 are examples for us to follow, Jesus is the supreme, ultimate, and pre-eminent example. While the witnesses of the faith are themselves followers of faith in God, Jesus is himself the leader of the faith that brings salvation to all those who believe.

Second, Jesus is not just the author, but also “the finisher of our faith” (Heb. 12:2, NKJV). A certain king called his court joker one day and gave him a stick. He said, “Take this stick and keep it until you find a bigger fool than yourself.”  The time came when the king lay in his deathbed. He called his court joker again and said, “I am going away.” The joker asked, “Where?” “To another country,” the king replied. “What preparations and provisions has your majesty made for this journey to another country?” The king answered, “None.”

Then the joker handed the stick to the king. “Here’s your stick,” he said. “I have finally found a bigger fool than myself. For I play with the things of time, but you play with the things of eternity.”[1]

Jesus does not play with your future! He is the author and finisher of our faith. This means that he heals your past and gives you hope for your future! He is the finisher of our faith. “Finisher” (NKJV) or “perfecter” (ESV) is from teleiotes, “one who completes, perfecter.’” (Louw-Nida)

Jesus brings our faith to perfect completion. He founds the faith of those who believe. Jesus gives us reason to believe in him. He forwards the faith that enables them to believe. When we feel like quitting, Jesus gives us the faith to keep on running the race. He also finishes the faith of those who believe in him. He brings us to a complete maturity of faith in him.


[1] Alan Carr, “Avoiding Future Mistakes,” in  http://www.sermonnotebook.org/new%20testament/James%204_13-17%20(2).htm, accessed June 4, 2009.

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