What is The Faith That God Declares To Be Great?
Friday, September 5th, 2014
Confession Of Faith In God The Son
Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Servant
5 Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him,6 saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”7 And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” 8 The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!
The Faith of the Centurion
Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him and pleaded that his servant is lying at home paralysed. Jesus said to him, I will come and heal him. However the centurion answered and said, Lord I am not worthy that You should come under my roof but only speak a word and my servant will be healed. When Jesus heard it, He marvelled and said to those who followed that He has not found such great faith.
There are people in this world who like this centurion, have the faith that believes everything is fulfilled only by the Word of Jesus. We can see that it is those who have such faith is blessed and are born again. From the passage, we can clearly find out that the disposition of this centurion’s faith was such that he believed Jesus to be the Son of God. He believed in Jesus’ Word of Truth that is, he believes that Jesus has the power to raise the dead and heal us wholly from our sins. Even if we have nothing in our hands, if we only believe in the Word of God, the abundant blessings of God can be all ours.
John 8:32 states, “and you shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free.” When we dwell on the Word of God and believe in the Scriptures as they are, this Word then works in our hearts in concrete ways, transform our surroundings, and enables us to enter heaven instead of hell.
This centurion’s faith is the faith that believes in God and in His Word. Long ago, there used to be many who believed in the Word. Our fathers of faith such as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had the faith in His Word. Abraham followed the Word and Isaac following his father’s path also believed in the Word of God.
True faith Is To Believe In The Word of God
Faith in God cannot come about by emotions, devotion or one’s own ability. There are many Christians giving their ardent prayers of repentance in tears and confessing their sins out loud. Generally speaking, it has become a customary practice for Christians who have attended church for a long time to try to wash away their sins through prayers of repentance given with many tears. Our era has been turned into a corrupted one, where Christians, seeing such outward displays approve each other’s faith based on this.
Heretics are interested in the charismatic movement, mysticism and materialism. They are prone to pursue such erroneous tendencies tumultuously and desperately. However, all their followers, while they may get transient comfort and satisfaction out of such beliefs cannot but continue to live confused lives with empty hearts. This can be the evidence that such people have not been born again nor receive the Holy Spirit. Believing in Jesus is to believe in the Word of God. If Jesus, the Word of God, is in us and if we have received the remission of sins and the Holy Spirit indeed indwells within us, then we will never fall to such traps nor can we ever work with them, for we are fundamentally incompatible with them and above all our very seed is different from theirs. The faith of the centurion is the same as ours.
The grace of God that He had bestowed on us is so great that He has allowed us, unlike those who pursue signs and miracles, to believe and follow His Word. Having faith and becoming the righteous come about only by believing in the Word of God. When sinners deny their own thoughts, reveal their true selves before the Word of God, humbly listens to what the Word tells them and truly believe in it, they can then become righteous. This is the power of God and the power of His Word. They can thereby enter the Kingdom of Heaven and become God’s own children.
God’s church is where we listen to the Word of God. It is a place where we can set aside our own thoughts and instead hear and follow the Word.
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