There isn't an author who doesn't, or wouldn't benefit from a good editor. The author conceives and gives birth to the idea, but a second pair of eyes sees it in a different, unique way and with a fresh perspective.
Even though editors perfect, polish and implement the finishing touches, seeing the work through to completion, they still need authors. As our author, Jesus Christ conceived the very idea of us before the foundation of the world. He made possible both our birth and our new birth.
But he hasn't stopped there. He has the will, the ability and the authority to see us, his workmanship, through to completion. Paul tells the Philippians that he is confident that "he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 1:6).
Sometimes we question or get irritated at all the editing that is prescribed for us. But ours is not an editor capable of error. Unlikely as it may seem at times, we will someday be all that he means for us to be, his masterpiece.