Discovering Your Authority in Christ
Turn now if you will tonight to Luke chapter seven, Luke 7:1-9.
I want us to think tonight on this subject, DISCOVERING YOUR AUTHORITY IN CHRIST. And I want to read from Luke chapter seven, the first nine verses. Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people he entered into Capernaum. And a certain centurion servant who was dear unto him was sick and ready to die and when he heard of Jesus he sent unto him the elders of the Jews beseeching him that he would come and heal his servants. And when they came to Jesus they besought him instantly saying that he was worthy for whom he should do this, for he loved our nation and he hath built us a synagogue. Then Jesus went with them and when he was now not from the house the centurion sent friends to him saying unto him Lord, trouble not thyself for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter unto my roof wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee but say in a word and my servant shall be healed, for I also am a man set under authority, now I especially want you to notice that phrase, for I also am a man set under authority having under me soldiers and I say unto one, go and he goes or goeth and to another come and he cometh and to my servant do this and he doeth it. When Jesus heard these things he marveled at him and turned him about and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you that I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel and they that were sent returned to his house and found the servant whole that had been sick. Jesus marveled at this particular centurion because he had an insight into the kingdom of heaven and the way things worked in the kingdom of heaven that just was an insight though he was a gentile, what we would call today someone outside the household of faith, a gentile and yet he had discovered more than any of the Jews that Jesus had met in his day.
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