God Who Authors and Completes

Jesus is God. All four gospels teach and prove that Jesus is God. The entire New Testament assumes the Deity of Jesus. Numerous books of the New Testament, especially Colossians, Hebrews, First John and Revelation assert that Jesus is God. Possibly the Gospel of John does more to show the Deity of Jesus than any other book of the Bible. John’s gospel records Jesus’ own, repeated assertions that He is God.

In John 15 Jesus treats His Godhood as foundational to the believers abiding in Him. In the opening line Jesus claims God as His Father, “making Himself equal with God” (John 5:18). John 15 ends with Jesus’ promise to send the Holy Spirit of God. Everything in between shows that abiding in Christ is indivisibly connected with the deity of Jesus.

When Jesus says, “without me ye can do nothing” He is making the claim to be the all-powerful God. These are arrogant words if Jesus is just a man, but because Jesus is God those are gracious words that offer the promise of strength for the Christian. Jesus is God and, more significantly for the Christian life, Jesus is our God. The commands and promises of John 15 are built on the relationship the disciple has with his God, Jesus. Jesus is our God who we worship. He is our God who is due all devotion and praise. He is our God on whom we depend.

Jesus is God and full salvation. In John 15:13 Jesus says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Jesus is the model of that greatest, sacrificial love. He gave His life to give us life. He purchased our salvation with His death. As a result, Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. Jesus is not just the beginning and the end of our faith. He is salvation’s author and finisher.

Some Christians act as if they only need Jesus to get saved. They trust Jesus for eternal life and they look forward to seeing Jesus when they die. The rest of their between the day of their salvation and the day of their death Jesus is treated as the back up plan when everything else fails. Jesus is often treated as if He is the spare tire in the trunk. Jesus is not the emergency back up plan for the Christian life. Jesus is everything for the Christian life. He is salvation, sanctification, life, ministry and eternity. Jesus is the spare tire. He is the engine, He is the seat belt, the steering wheel, the air in the tires, the fuel in the tank, the spark in the spark plugs, the exhaust in the tail pipe and the invisible line in the back seat that separates the kids so they don’t bother each other. He is absolutely everything. In Jesus is the fulness of our salvation.

Jesus is our full salvation because He is the author of our faith. He is the one devised the plan of salvation, who crafted every part of salvation’s story, who began the work of salvation, who draws us to Himself and who gives us eternal life. He is the finisher of our faith. He is not just the end of our faith. He is its finisher. He is the one who brings our faith to perfection. Jesus is the One who makes the Christian perfect before God, who perfects the Christian in this life and who brings the Christian safely into heaven. He did everything to bring us salvation and He is doing everything to complete our salvation.

The story of our faith is not a half written tale. Jesus does not give us the opening chapter and a hopeful ending. He is the whole story of salvation written out page by page and detail by detail in all its perfect glory. He is our full salvation who brings us along through each chapter of life. His Mighty power works according to His unfailing goodness and His perfect wisdom to secure us to heaven. He brings us unfailingly through the book of our life to the glorious ending He has already written out and secured for all who trust Him. He is all our salvation. Let us always hold tightly to He who is our life.