“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.” –Hebrews 12:2
All things find their origin in God: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1); “through Him all things were made.” (John 1:3); “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible…” (Colossians 1:16). God is an initiator, and we are the participants and respondents of His plan.
Man (kind) is God’s idea. He created him in his image, both male and female, and started a relationship where he talked and walked with them (Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 3:8). God wanted us; therefore He predetermined to adopt us as his children through Christ, out of His good pleasure (Ephesians 1:5). If we love God, it’s because He first loved us (1 John 4:19).
After man yields to the serpent, God goes out seeking after him: “But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9). In the same way, Christ came to “seek and to save that which was lost.” To repair the broken relationship between Him and man, God initiates the plan of redemption, by announcing the coming of the Messiah, who will defeat the enemy (Genesis 3:15).
God never intended for us to be whole apart from Him. God does not only seek to redeem us, but also to restore us into relationship with Him on the basis of the new covenant Christ established through His death on the cross. God initiated the restoration of Mankind, when He clothed Adam and Eve with the skins of animals (Genesis 3:21), symbolizing that we can be saved and restored into right relation with him by putting on the righteousness of Christ.
- Reunion and rewards
The Bible tells us that “The Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” (Matthew 16: 27). We have this hope, the evidence of which is our faith, that after we have ran with endurance our race, we will receive the prize. Jesus is coming back, and His reward is with Him (Revelation 22:12).
Nothing in us would desire God if God had not first sought after us. He is not only the author, but also the Finisher of our faith. Whatever God has initiated in your life, He is faithful to complete it. He is Alpha and Omega; all things find their beginning and their end in Him.