The story of the Centurion supplies a living example of faith;
one that we should all take notice of.
Faith comes “by the word of God.” To the Word then, we must look for it.
One day a centurion came to Jesus and said to him: “Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.”
“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. . . . When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.” Matt. 8:6-10.
The centurion wanted a certain thing done. He wanted the Lord to do it. But when the Lord said, “I will come” and do it, the centurion checked him, saying, “Speak the word only,” and it shall be done.
This is what Jesus declares to be faith, this faith we need to find, and when we do, we will know that we have found the kind of faith which saves.
To know what it is is to be sure of salvation, there can be no doubt about it; for Christ is “the Author . . . of faith,” and He says that that which the centurion manifested was “faith;” yes, even “great faith.”
Now, what exactly did the centurion think would do the work?—“The WORD ONLY.”
Upon what did he depend upon for the healing of his servant?—Upon “The WORD ONLY.”
The centurion desired that the Lord should do for him a certain thing. The Lord said, “I will come,” and do it. The centurion said, No; “speak the word only,” and it shall be done.
The centurion, then, expected “the word only” to do the work. He depended upon “the word only” for the fulfillment of his desire.
And by all this, it is perfectly plain that faith is the expectation that the word of God will do what that word says; and that it is the depending upon that word to do what it says.
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