THE AUTHOR AND THE FINISHER

Heb.12:2 – fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

I guess the question we have to ask ourselves is this, what exactly are we looking at? What we focus on will determine what fills our being, that is why our “eye” is so important. If we look at our problems and obstacles (and we all have our share of those) our inner man will be clouded with darkness. Looking at sickness, poverty, and lack will cause sadness and depression to settle in our hearts. When we turn our eyes upon Jesus in the midst of our trials our being will be filled with light and joy will fill our hearts. Look at His promises, look at today’s promise, what He has authored He will complete. Fill your heart with this word and you will stand strong in adversity and you will see Him who has promised to finish the work. Here are some amazing thoughts from John Gill on today’s verse.

“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,…. Not with bodily eyes, for at present he is not to be looked upon in this manner, but with the eye of the understanding, or with the eye of faith; for faith is a seeing of the Son; it is a spiritual sight of Christ, which is at first but glimmering, afterwards it increases, and is of a soul humbling nature; it is marvelous and surprising; it transforms into the image of Christ, and fills with joy unspeakable, and full of glory: a believer should be always looking to Christ, and off of every object, as the word here used signifies. Christ is to be looked unto as “Jesus”, a Saviour, who being appointed and sent by God to be a Saviour, came, and is become the author of eternal salvation; and to him only should we look for it: he is able and willing to save; he is a suitable, complete, and only Saviour; and whoever look to him by faith shall be saved; and he is to be considered, and looked unto, as “the author and finisher of faith”.

So I ask you again, what are you looking at? Look at Jesus and you will find yourself in the middle of His completed plan.

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