Jesus is the Author of Our Faith
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of God. Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)
I like this translation from the New International Version, because it calls Jesus the author of our faith. The New American Standard Bible and the King James Version also use the word “author.” In contrast, the Revised Standard and New Revised Standard say Jesus is the “pioneer” of our faith, and the English Standard Version calls Him “the founder.”
Regardless of which version is truer to the original Greek, I think “author” more adequately reflects God’s nature and Jesus’ actions. Pioneers forge the way and founders construct the foundation, but others come along after them and build on what they have done, making any changes they see fit. An author, on the other hand is in charge of his work from beginning to end. He owns the copyright, and no one can change the story without his permission. While any good fiction writer knows that characters can take over the plot if she lets them, in the end it is the author’s decision how much freedom to give them and when to reign them in.
Ephesians 2:8-9 tell us that faith comes only through God’s grace. Jesus is not just the pioneer or the founder of our faith. He does not recede into history and leave us to forge our own destiny. Instead, Jesus is the author of our faith—the one who creates the story, guides the plot, and determines the ending. And that’s what faith is all about.
Kathryn Page Camp is a licensed attorney and full-time writer. Her most recent book, Writers in Wonderland: Keeping Your Words Legal (KP/PK Publishing 2013), is a Kirkus’ Indie Books of the Month Selection. The second edition of Kathryn’s first book, In God We Trust: How the Supreme Court’s First Amendment Decisions Affect Organized Religion, will be coming out at the beginning of October. You can learn more about Kathryn at http://www.kathrynpagecamp.com.