“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 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 is set down at the Right Hand of the Throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2
Jesus Christ is the Author of Salvation for whosoever will believe. The Plan of Salvation was predestined before the foundation of the world; not the person but the Plan…Jesus Christ and Him crucified. The fall of man was not a surprise to God and His Plan of Redemption was not a back up plan.
“18 Forasmuch as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious Blood of Christ, as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 21 Who by Him do believe in God, that raised Him up from the dead, and gave Him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.” 1 Peter 1:18-21
Jesus not only authored the Believer’s Salvation before the foundation of the world but He was manifest in the flesh to finish our Salvation. Jesus came to die on Calvary’s Cross to pay the penalty of sin for the sinner. The veil was rent and access to the Throne of God made possible by the precious Blood of Christ. Jesus is the Source and Calvary’s Cross the means by which our Salvation is authored and finished.
This Plan of Salvation, authored and finished by Jesus Christ, is the object of the Believer’s faith. Our faith is not made stronger by anything that “we” can do. Other than faith, “our part” is not an option in God’s Redemption Plan. Penance, water baptism or doing many wonderful works will not enhance God’s Redemption Plan but is another example of Cain’s offering.
When the object of our faith is moved from the Cross of Christ to our part, something we must do in order to maintain or gain righteousness, Jesus is no longer the Author nor the Finisher of our faith but the preacher, teacher, etc. who presented the vain philosophy is the author and “self” is the finisher…which always leads to self righteousness and failure.
Religion will redirect one’s faith after Salvation to other methods to break the power of sin for Sanctification. Humanistic psychology draped in Scripture with Jesus Christ as an example of how to live is given to the people as the means to live a victorious Christian life. The Cross of Christ is ignored as the means by which our faith is finished; therefore the object of our faith is no longer Jesus Christ and Him crucified but Jesus Christ and whatever vain philosophy is coming down the pike.
Recognize WHO the Author of our faith is for daily living? Consider WHO the Finisher of our faith is for daily living? If it’s not Jesus Christ AND Him crucified…my friend, you’re perishing. Prayerfully consider.
“For the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18
-Donna Clark Warren