"Well begun is half done"(1)
Through His finished work at Calvary, Christ initiated our journey down His pathway of righteousness by opening
the way for us to victoriously enter the 'race of life'.  Fully knowing this truth, the Apostle Paul directed each believer
to always remember that "in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize ... run in such a way as to get the
(2)  and "press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus".(3)   To be faithful in our
church attendance, obedient in our tithes and offerings and loving of our fellow brethren is certainly a "
well begun",
maybe a "
half done", but not all Christ "began and finished" at the Cross, i.e., "and this gospel of the kingdom shall
be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations...".
(4)    We need to "throw off everything that hinders and
the sin that so easily entangles, and run with perseverance the race marked out for us".
(5)   In many places the gospel
of Jesus Christ has been abbreviated and reduced down to what 'man believes' he should believe, along with
preaching those things which men likes to hear.  A respected Christian author advances, in his classic work "
The Healer
", the following proposition: "blame for the failure of some to not receive healing today may be largely due
to the unbelieving part of the Church itself, since we are members one of another"!
(6)   What percentage of the Church
is "
The unbelieving part of the Church"?   What part of the Church today does not accept the operation of spiritual
(7), does not believe that healing of the physical body and spiritual parts of man were included in the atoning work
of Christ
(8),  and does not accept believers moving in the power of the Holy Spirits' anointing for the pulling down of
strongholds and the taking of authority over the works and powers of darkness?   For almost two-thousand years the
Church has been in the process of being prepared by the Holy Spirit in order to be presented to Christ as His 'bride in
waiting'.  If we believe we are in the last days then the Church must advance beyond the "well begun" and "half done"
level of maturity and enter into her power
(9),  radiance, and glory "that He might present it to Himself a glorious
(radiant) church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish."
When the Church moves beyond the "half done" she will speak out loud, as did the prophet Jeremiah saying
"His word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I
.(11)    F.F. Bosworth also said "the hand of faith cannot reach out and take from God what the eye of faith
does not first see to be the will of God".
(6)   The Church is in her great end-time awakening, yet needing to open wide
her eye of faith and focus on the Holy Spirit so she may receive (take in) His end-time
vision of the 'glorious church'.
 The individual believer must "continue to work out
his salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in
you to will and to act according to His good purpose."
(12)   The working out of our salvation is an ongoing process
and one that is not independent or estranged from the maturing of the Church. The degree to which we are willing to
obey His commandments, submit to His perfect will, believe His promises and serve His purposes is the degree to
which Christ will manifest His glory in the church.  God's church is going to be presented to His Son in the manner
and fashion He has given in scripture.  It would behoove us all to release 'the fire in our bones' as He completes His
plan "to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ"
(13); the Spirit will finish His
church-age ministry according to His will.!  It was Christ who gave His five-fold ministry "to prepare God's people
for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until
we all reach unity in the faith and in the
knowledge of the Son of God
and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ".(14)   
Guard that you are not caught up in a premature trumpeting of 'surely we have greatly begun and therefore are done'
or 'we are now in full unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God'.  We (the church) are 'not done' until
the sound of "the last trump"
(15) and we are in unity with Him(16) ... irrespective what any man or men may attempt to
convince you of!

Jon D. Hannum, Ph.D.
Amen Ministries of Austin
(1) [Aristotle]  (2) [1 Cor. 9:24]  (3) [Phil. 3:14]  (4) [Mat. 4:4]  (5) [Heb. 12:1]  (6) [F.F. Bosworth, p. 163-165]  (7) [1 Cor. 12]  (8) [Isa. 53:4-5]
(9)[Acts 1:8]  (10)[Eph. 5:27]  (11)[Jer. 20:9]  (12)[Phil. 2:12-13]  (13)[Eph. 1:10]  (14)[Eph. 4:12-13]  (15) [1 Cor. 15:52/1 Thes. 4:15-17]
(16)[John 17:21-22]
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