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The Greatest Faith
Matthew 8:8-10 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. (KJV)
A centurion was a man in charge of 100 soldiers. According to (Lk.7:6), when the centurion understood that Christ had agreed to come to his house, with the elders of the Jews, he first sent to Him; and after He was actually set out with them, and was in the way to his house; was conscious of his own unworthiness, sends some persons to Him, to speak to Him in this manner . . .
Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldst come under my roof . . . this declares his modesty and humility, and the unworthy fears he had of himself. The centurion did NOT say this as rejecting and despising the Presence and company of Christ; but is expressing his great modesty and humility, for he was ever so conscious of his own depravity, and unworthiness of having so great a Person in his house. Dear one, how much more unworthy are poor, vile sinners to see themselves to be unworthy, that Jesus should come into their hearts, and dwell there by faith, as He does, in all true believers (Rom.8:9), no matter how vile and sinful they have been, when they turn to Him in faith?
But speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed . . . this signifies the centurion’s great faith in Christ, and the power that comes with that faith. He does not look upon Jesus just as a Man of God, a Prophet, or One that had great interest in God, but as One who stood at the throne of grace . . . he tells Jesus, just speak and it shall be done. This ascribes omnipotence to Jesus; such as was the power that was put forth in Creation (Gen.1:3,6,8,11,14,20,26; Ps.33:9). He means that if Jesus would just speak a word, it will be done. What tremendous faith! Do we have faith like that?
Matthew 8:9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. (KJV)
For I am a man under authority . . . of the Roman emperor, and of superior officers under him, as a tribune.
Having soldiers under me . . . at least a hundred of them.
And I say unto this man go, and he goeth, and to another come, and he cometh . . . for there is no argument to the commands of officers, by soldiers, in anything, in exercises, marches, battles.
And to my servant . . . this refers to his domestic servant, who waited upon him, and did those things for him which every soldier under him was not employed in.
Do this, and he doth it . . . immediately, without any argument; as a servant should.
He suggests, that as his soldiers were under him, and at his command; so too were all bodily diseases were under Christ, and to be controlled by Him, and that, if he would but say to that servant of his, the palsy, remove, it would remove at once.
Matthew 8:10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. (KJV)
When Jesus heard it, he marveled . . . this must be understood of Jesus as Man; for as God, nothing could present itself unto Him unawares, and not known before. God is NOT astonished at anything.
And said to them that followed . . . this agrees perfectly with the account that Luke gives, that Christ was set out, with the messengers the centurion sent unto him, in order to come to his house, and heal his servant. Them that followed Him were His disciples, or others that were following Him thither to see the miracle.
Verily, I say unto you . . . any time that Jesus spoke these words, He was about to declare something very seriously or positively to affirm something. He was about to say something of considerable importance, and required their attention.
I have not found so great faith, no not in Israel . . . it is recorded only on two occasions the Lord Jesus Christ marveled. One was at the unbelief of Israel (Mk.6:6), and the other was at the faith of this Gentile centurion.
The Bible tells us of a Roman centurion (a centurion was in authority over 100 soldiers) who had a sickly servant. The centurion humbly came to Jesus and asked for the Lord to heal his friend. Jesus said He would come to heal the sick servant.
Then the centurion said something to Jesus that impressed Him greatly. Whatever it was that the centurion said, Jesus told the crowd that He'd not found so great a faith in all of Israel. This is quite remarkable.
Now when Jesus says that He hasn't found so great faith in all of Israel, we ought to sit at the edge of our chair and pay close attention to what the centurion said. What was it that this man said that impressed Jesus so greatly? Hebrews 11:6 states, "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."
Since it is faith that pleases God, and this centurion had the greatest faith in Israel, then we should seriously consider the words that he spoke to Jesus. Look at WHAT this centurion said to Jesus?
There is no greater faith than to trust the Words of God recorded in the Bible.
Consider the following Passage: Psalm 138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. (KJV) . . . WHY does God elevate His Word above His Holy Name? The answer is because God is only as trustworthy as His Word. The old saying, "A man is only as good as his word," is indeed very true! My friend. IF God's Word is not correct and true and reliable, then God is NOT fair and honest, and He misleads us.
There is NO name any greater than the name of "Jesus": Philippians 2:9-11 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (KJV) . . . Seven Steps to Jesus’ Exaltation:
1. God highly exalted Him (Phil.2:9; Eph.1:21).
2. God gave Him a name above every name (Phil.2:9).
3. At the very mention of His Name, every knee would bow (Phil.2:10).
4. Everything in heaven must bow (Phil.2:10).
5. Everything in earth must bow (Phil.2:10).
6. Everything under the earth must bow (Phil.2:10).
7. Every tongue confess His Lordship to the glory of God the Father (Phil.2:11).
Also consider that in Luke 16:19-31, where Lazarus was in Heaven and the rich man in Hell . . . IF Jesus was NOT speaking of REAL fire and torment, then He was deceiving His listeners. He does NOT lie (Tit.1:2), He does NOT deceive anyone! Jesus IS Truth (John 14:6).
What about: John 14:1-3 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (KJV) . . . Jesus always said what He meant, and always meant what He said.
The Bible contains thousands of Promises from God, and you can be sure that He will fulfill every one of them, to the letter! God's honesty is important to Him, and to us! You can believe every word.
The Greatest Faith is to Trust God's Word
The greatest faith in the world is to simply trust the Word of God, to take God at His Word. When God does not answer your prayers when and how you think He should . . . trust His Word. When God does not seem to be working in your life . . . trust God's Word; He knows what is best for you, and me. His time clock is not the same as ours (2 pet.3:8). When trials and troubles seem to suffocate you . . . trust God's Word. When all hope seems gone, and you think things just couldn't seem to get worse . . . trust God's Word. When people hate you, hurt you, deceive you, and persecute you . . . trust God's Word.
When someone hurts your feelings and do you wrong . . . trust God's Word. When you don't understand why the world’s fat-cats keep getting fatter and children are starving to death . . . trust God's Word. When you look around and see all the abominable immorality and it gets worse day by day . . . trust God’s Word. Know in your heart that God keeps ALL His Promises that He makes: the wonderful Heavenly ones to His TRUE children, AND the agonizing ones to the wicked ones who refuse to believe Hs Holy Word.
Psalm 136:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. (KJV) . . . God is SO good.
Are you one of those who must see signs or proofs from God? (Mat.12:39). We must simply trust His Word. We should NOT need to have visions or dreams from God . . . we should simply trust His Word! We should NOT need to understand “why” things are the way they are, we should simply trust His Word! IF you truly trust God’s Word, that's what matters to God! Have faith dear one! FAITH is what God wants from you!
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