The Great Faith of the Centurion

Text: Luke 7:2-10

What prompted Jesus to say, “Not even in Israel have I found such great faith” (Luke 7:9)? Let us consider what Jesus describes as “great faith.”

Great Faith Recognizes One’s Own Unworthiness (v. 6-7)

  • We must understand our insignificance in Creation (Psalm 8:3-4)
  • We must understand our state as sinners (Romans 3:23)
  • We must understand our inability to deal with our sins apart from God (Romans 5:6,8)
  • We must understand our aimlessness without God (Jeremiah 10:23)

Great Faith Recognizes the Power of Jesus (v. 6-7)

  • Jesus’ power over Creation (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17) — already demonstrated His power to heal (Luke 4:40)
  • The power of Jesus’ word (Hebrews 4:12)

Great Faith Recognizes the Authority of Jesus (v. 8)

  • Jesus as one under authority (Philippians 2:5-8; Matthew 26:39)
  • Jesus as one with authority (Matthew 28:18; Ephesians 1:20-23)
  • Our responsibility to obey (James 2:17-18,26; Colossians 3:17)

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