I would like to start out asking for the forgiveness of all who take time to read my blog. Most of my posts, well, all of them, are my thinking aloud to myself and working through the thought process of a topic that comes to me. I do thank you for taking the time to read what I put down and hope and pray that it helps you challenge yourself in walking with the Lord.
I have started reading a book by Derek Prince on the Will of God. In the opening chapter (I have just started reading it after all) Derek quotes from Hebrews, chapter 12, where Paul talks about Jesus being the author and perfecter of our faith. That is the key that struck me and has me thinking. You should see the wheels turning and the smoke coming out of my ears.
Now, yes, Jesus is the author of my/our faith. But I had not thought about Jesus as the perfecter of faith. What does that look like and where will that lead me? I like to start with root word meanings. Faith, that which we believe by; believe what, how, why? The spiritual realm is unseen in the physical real in which we live, so it is something we cannot see and touch, there is no feely to it. So is faith blind or senseless? I think not, I think we can and should “know” what we believe.
Consider Hebrews, chapter 11, verse 1: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” This is the King Jimmy version which I love. Faith is substance and evidence. Those are both very tangible words. Substance, I picture reaching down and grabbing a handful of earth, to hold and feel. Evidence, name your favorite court drama, the court is only interested in evidence, facts, what the witness knows to be true. No opinions allowed.
By faith we hope for that which is unseen, we hope to hold that which is precious to us and that precious thing is God Himself who makes himself available to be held and seen. And in Hebrews 12, quoted above, Jesus is perfecting this faith in us. Oh, what glory we behold, what love can be so great. Jesus wants us and is working to make perfect our sight of spiritual things, the spiritual realm about us, our spiritual lives, to be fully fulfilled in Him. That is His goal for each of us and His work by the Holy spirit to bring about. I say embrace this and welcome it with all of your being.
Reading in the area of Romans, chapters 3 and 4 (you get to do some of the work here) Paul then talks about faith compared to the law. The law is harsh and hard, it is final, a yes or no proposition. Faith seems to challenge the law but it does not, faith confirms the highest law, the law of the love of God, the law that says God is supreme and in that supremeness He choose all who would have Him and Him alone. By faith are we justified and made righteous. An image I offer is of you being brought into the great court, the high court. You stand before the judge who hears the evidence against you and by the law is bound to find you guilty as charged. Guilty, the word rings out though the court as the gavel bangs down loudly and the sentence is pronounced, guilty, guilty, guilty. But then, yes, then, the judge rises from his seat, takes off his robe and walks around to the front of the bench to where you stand. He joins you there and there he proclaims, “I will pay this debt, I will pay the price required of the conviction.”
You have been freed, you have been set totally and completely free, just as if your crime had never been committed. You are made righteous, whole again. Can you imagine? The depth and breadth of this freedom, granted by the same as who condemned you, done by his own free will. He came down from the judgment set to pay the price for you.
It takes faith to see that, to grasp it, to hold it, to shed tears over the receipt of such love undeserved. Faith in the unseen, the unknowable. But we do know, we do believe, we do respond to this love, by faith and faith alone. Yes, there is so much that I want, that I think I need, but that is all so shallow because the reality is that the spiritual realm is of so much greater importance that our physical real.
And Jesus is the perfecter of our faith. So much can be said there that this post cannot begin. But let it be sufficient that He is at work in our lives to bring us to Himself and His Father, perfect and whole. That is happening right now, right now, day or night as you read this simple word. Embrace that He is and you are and that it is alive and that it is well with your soul, for it is.