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< Matthew 8:5-10 >

�Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, �Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.?And Jesus said to him, �I will come and heal him.?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. 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.?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!��

�But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed,?/i> there are people of faith in the Bible who also believed only in the Word of God and followed the Lord. Blessed are those who have the true faith in the Word of God. And the faith of this centurion is the same faith of those in our age who believe in the gospel Word of the water and the Spirit.

�Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.?/i> Why did he say this? The centurion said this not because he was afraid of Jesus coming to his house, but because he believed in the greatness of God, His holiness, and His omnipotence. If everyone had this mind-set that is ready to revere God and honor Him, he would have received the same blessings from God that the centurion was given. What are these God-given blessings? They are the blessing of the remission of sin and that of faith to live on this earth for the righteous work of God. And all these come from our faith in the Word. This was the faith of the centurion. Though we may have nothing to show before God, if we only have faith in His Word, then the blessings of faith will come to us in abundance, just like what happened to this centurion.

�You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free?(John 8:32). We may not know the entire Word of God in all its profundity, but if we believe in this written Word of God, the Word then works in our hearts tangibly and concretely, transforms our minds and souls, and guides us to know and believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, so that the souls that had once been bound to hell would now reach and enter Heaven instead.



Today�s Christianity Has the Kind of Faith That Has No Correct Answer

�Only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.?/i> His faith, in other words, was one that believed in the Word of God—that is, in what Jesus Christ said to us. This indicates that faith in God�s Word is the true faith. To believe that everything will be fulfilled exactly according to the Word of Jesus, no matter what He might have said to us, is the true faith. The faith that wholly believes in the Word of God, in other words, is the faith of the centurion.

�Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!?/i> There is nothing that a paralyzed person can do on his own. Nor can a spiritually paralyzed person make his sins disappear by his own will or prayers. This is why God spoke about the faith that enables one to receive the perfect remission of sin only by the Word of God.

�Only speak a word, and my servant will be healed,?/i> and it is because of this that Jesus approved his faith.

�Depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!?(Matthew 7:23) What is meant by �lawlessness?here? It refers to the lawless acts of those who claim to believe in Jesus as their Savior and to exercise all God�s powers even as they do not believe in the gospel Word of the water and the Spirit.



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