The Source of Faith
Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. (Heb_12:2)
In order to grow in grace, we must live by faith. “Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace” (Rom_4:16). We cannot progress spiritually by the use of our natural, Adamic faculties. We must walk by faith in the Lord and His word. “We walk by faith, not by sight” (2Co_5:7). Yet, where do we get faith? What is the source of faith?
Jesus is the source of our faith: “Jesus, the author . . . of our faith.” If we have saving faith in Christ, it was brought into being by Him. Our faith was authored by Jesus in a revelatory and relational manner. He revealed to us the truth we needed to know (through sermons, personal witnesses, tracts, audio tapes, books, Bible reading, or whatever). Then, He invited us into a relationship with Himself.
First, He told us the truth about our need. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God . . . For the wages of sin is death” (Rom_3:23 and Rom_6:23).Then, He told us the truth about His loving work on our behalf. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom_5:8). All the while, His Spirit was convicting us of the reality of these matters. “And when He [the Holy Spirit] has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (Joh_16:8). Ultimately, Jesus invited us to trust in Him for the gift of salvation. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest . . . the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Mat_11:28 and Rom_6:23). Basically, Jesus revealed Himself to us as one who could be trusted to save our souls, so we placed our hope in Him. Thereby, He authored faith in us.
Now, where are we to go for more faith (for the developing of our faith)? Jesus is the source for this need as well: “Jesus . . . the . . . finisher of our faith.” The one who brought faith into being in us now wants to perfect our faith (to bring it on into mature development) in the same manner that He began it. Initially, we had to have Jesus revealed to us to have faith authored in us. Now, we must have a continuing revelation of Him through His word, if our faith is to be increasingly built up.
Lord Jesus, I praise You for authoring faith in me. Thank You for convincing me of my need of forgiveness of sins. Thank You for revealing to me Your great work on the cross. Thank You for inviting me to enter into a relationship with You. Please continue to reveal Yourself to me that my faith might grow and mature, Amen.