What Is Real Faith? by Curt Dodd

What Is Real Faith?
Critical Questions -- Crucial Answers
Curt Dodd
Luke 7:1-10

Do you really understand what true biblical faith is? Is it because you believe something hard enough? You believe it strong enough with great emotional fervor? Is real faith a positive wishing stance? No! Real faith has several wonderful elements we can glean from the story of a man who was simply known as a centurion. In Luke chapter 7, verses 1-10, we read the following story: When Jesus had finished saying all this in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. There a centurion's servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, "This man deserves to have you do this, Because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue." So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: "Lord, don't trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and that one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, "I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel." Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.

Centurions are one of the most attractive characters in the entire New Testament and even though we meet this man for only a short period of time, you need to know a little bit about centurions. A Roman Legion was made up of 6,000 men and there were 60 centurions who were in charge of 100 men each. Usually, these centurions h ...


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