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“Author And Perfecter Of Faith”

 “. . . fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2 NAU). 

One of the expressions we use when we finally grasp something is “Now I see.” It isn’t vision with our physical eyes at all; it is a grasp of something with our mind, our heart. The writer of Hebrews wants us to “fix our eyes of Jesus” and calls Him “the author and perfecter of faith.” By “author” he means the “originator” of faith, and by “perfecter” he means the finisher of faith (“the one who brings faith to its highest attainment,” Friberg Lexicon). So we are to fix our attention on Jesus who is the originator and finisher of our faith. 


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“I Did It My Way”

 “. . . always in my prayers making request, if perhaps now at last by the will of God I may succeed in coming to you” (Rom 1:10 NASU). 

In 1969, Frank Sinatra released the song “My Way,” which Paul Anka wrote. It’s appeal certainly grew from the “rugged individualism” of the American mindset, but also because Sinatra seemed to have epitomized the lyrics.


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Past Tense

“Giving thanks unto the Father, who made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light” (Colossians 1:12).
In any language, the past tense notes that something has been done. It is finished. We no longer need to wonder when it will be accomplished, for it already is. In the book of Colossians, Paul used many past tense verbs to talk about our salvation. Beginning with the verse above, we can see that God has already made us meet to be partakers of our inheritance. Next, he delivered us out of the power of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love (1:13). In 1:20 we see that God has made peace for all things through the cross.

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