Hebrews: Who is Jesus? | Day Eight
Founder and Perfecter of our Faith | By: Kate Downing
“[L]ooking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” - Hebrews 12:2
Today, we will look at Jesus as the founder and perfecter of our faith. We will study a passage of Scripture often called “The Hall of Faith”. Hebrews chapter 11 is a list of men and women who, by faith, did incredible things for God. We can display the same kind of faith these men and women displayed because Jesus is the founder of our faith since He established the way to Salvation (Hebrews 2:10). He is the perfecter of our faith since He perfected or completed the way of salvation (Hebrews 10:12).
Begin by asking the Lord to speak clearly to you today through the stories of these faithful men and women. Ask Him to help you begin to trust Jesus to be the Founder and Perfecter of your faith.
Read Hebrews 11:1-2. Write out what faith is according to this verse.
Read Hebrews 11:3-31. As you read this, underline the phrase “by faith” each time it is written.
Go back through these verses and fill out the following chart. Write down the person and belief or action of each of the members in “The Hall of Faith”.
Read Hebrews 11:32-35. List the things done by faith in these verses.
Read Hebrews 11:35-40. List the sacrifices these people made by faith.
These people experienced and sacrificed all these things while never having seen Jesus. Everything they went through was based on their faith that He would come. We have the privilege of having our faith “finished”. Meaning, because Jesus is the founder and perfecter of our faith, we can all the more boldly live our lives to honor God. We don’t have to have faith that Jesus will come; He already has come! He has made (founded) a way, the only way, for us to be forgiven and saved. He also has perfected our salvation by dying and rising back to life, defeating sin and death on our behalf.
Read Hebrews 12:1-2. Who are the “witnesses” that surround us (v. 1)?
What two things are we called to do in verse one?
APPLY: How can you practice laying aside sin and running with endurance the life God has called you to today?
Spend the next few minutes asking the Lord to help you practice this today. Then thank Him for being the Founder and Perfecter of your faith.