ABANDONING THE GLITTER

It is strange how much of the reflection on the only person authorized to speak for God comes out in our commitment and comments. Words and actions are fashioned after their author. One cannot have a golden life without discarding the old. Looking unto the pioneer of human salvation includes looking away from something.

looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, Hebrews 12:2a
ἀφορῶντες εἰς τὸν τῆς πίστεως ἀρχηγὸν καὶ τελειωτὴν Ἰησοῦν,

Looking away

Looking away to Jesus, considering the theme of Book, namely that all spokespersons lose their grip as Christ speaks (Heb. 1:1-2), must mean that our interest in the previous messengers must change.

ἀφορῶντες, aforôntes, is a compound action. The “af” is a form of “apo“, meaning from, and the second half is the verb the verb orao, I see, I look.

It is also emphatically stated who the target of our look should be.

The of-faith-pioneer Jesus

The of-faith-finisher Jesus

Both of these appellations configure our faith as exclusively Messianic, eclipsing and replacing prophets, just and wise persons. He starts the saving experience and is ready to finish it. He alone introduces us to an effective salvation. Effective because all who have died as faithful witnesses before the saving sacrifice did not taste the kingdom downpayment (recieving Holy Spirit) as do people who have come to faith since Christ died.
Types and carnal ordinances are not of faith. Faith and grace are the prescription for life, Let us be courageous and abandon the glitter and toys (models) of the former arrangement and step boldly with the Way, the Truth, and the Life: the golden treasure we can rely on.

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