Faith and Authority — Matt. 8:5-10

Jesus commended the centurion in this Matt. 8 account for his “great faith.”  I find it interesting, in the context of the debate over “Lordship Salvation”, that the faith of this military leader is directly connected to a high view of the sovereign authority of Jesus Christ.  “For I also am a man under authority” reasoned the centurion as he explained his faith commitment to Jesus Christ.  There was no need for Jesus to inconvenience Himself and show up in person to heal his servant.  All that was necessary was for Jesus to be willing to heal and to utter the declaration of healing.  This centurion understood what it means to recognize Jesus as Sovereign God.

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