A Centurion Like Knowledge Of Authority
7”Neither did I consider myself worthy to come to You. But [just] speak a word, and my servant boy will be healed. 8For I also am a man [daily] subject to authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my bond servant, Do this, and he does it.” Luke 7:7-8 Amplified Bible
That is faith the Lord can move through! In fact, even Jesus, a few verses later, commented on how great the faith of this Centurion was. We should learn two great lessons for how to receive the promises of God in our life from this Roman soldier.
The first thing we notice is that the Centurion did not have to see evidence of any kind to believe. He just simply knew that if Jesus would speak the Word, that his servant would be healed. What a great model this should be for us. We have the very Word of Jesus to stand on every day. We have all that we need to see deliverance in our lives, as His Word is always before us if we will, like the Centurion, just believe and stand on the power of the Word.
The second powerful point we have demonstrated for us by the Centurion is the awareness of the authority of Jesus (The authority of Jesus that is in you and me right now). This high ranking soldier understands the principle of power and authority in the natural realm and as it applies to the spiritual realm. His example is one that we should emulate as we live our lives for Jesus. In the book of Revelation Jesus takes back the keys to the kingdom, and in so doing He is telling us that all authority which God had given to man in the Garden of Eden (and man summarily gave to Satan with sin), has been restored to the Lord. Jesus has in turn given us that authority to use in the fullness of the power of His name. Here is what Colossians 2:10 assures us:
“And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead-Father, Son and Holy Spirit- and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].” Amplified Bible
Jesus is the Head, the ruler, the ultimate power and authority over all things, and we have that completeness of Jesus invested in us! We have the full authority of Jesus in our lives, working through us if we will understand and operate in that authority. That is amazing when you realize what that means! It means that you can stand in the full power of Jesus against anything in your life that is in contrast to the promises of the Word of God. The very AUTHORITY OF JESUS IS IN YOU! When we understand that truth we can take action and allow the power of God to flow through us, rather than us waiting and hoping that God will do something. This is a spiritual reality; God has already done His part. He won the victory and has now invested that full authority of Jesus in you and me. It is not a matter of waiting for Him to move, He is done and is waiting for us to move in that authority for which He paid such a high price.
It is up to us to understand and use what has been invested in us. The Centurion understood this principle of authority and we have a far superior authority today because of the finished work of Jesus.
J Todd Hostetler