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June 28, 2023

The Word of Authority

Luke 7:2 And a certain centurion's slave, who was highly valued by him, was ill and about to die. 3 And when he heard about Jesus, he sent to Him some elders of the Jews, requesting that He would come and completely heal his slave. 4 And when they came to Jesus, they entreated Him earnestly, saying, He is worthy of Your granting this to him, 6 And Jesus went with them. But already, when He was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to Him, Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not fit for You to enter under my roof; 7 Therefore, I did not count even myself worthy to come to You. But speak a word, and let my servant be healed. 8 For I also am a man set 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 slave, Do this, and he does it. 9 And when Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turning to the crowd following Him, He said, I say to you, Not even in Israel have I found such great faith. 10 And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.

The centurion [above] seemed to be saying to the Man-Savior, "Lord, I am not worthy to come to see You or for You to come to my house. Yet I know what authority is. I am under the authority of others, and others are under my authority. All I need to do is speak a word to one of the soldiers, and he does what I say. I know, Lord, that You are the authority in this universe." The centurion also knew the significance of a word of authority. This was the reason he could say to the Man- Savior, "Say a word, and let my servant be cured" (v. 7). He knew authority and the word as the expression of authority. The centurion's slave was in fact healed by the word of the Man-Savior. The Gentile centurion recognized the authority of the Man-Savior and realized that His word was a word with healing authority. Thus, he believed not only in the Man- Savior, but also in His word. He asked the Lord not to come personally, but only to send His word. The Man-Savior marveled at this great faith. In this case also we see the Lord's human virtues with His divine attributes. His virtue was expressed in the fact of His going to the home of the centurion. The Lord Jesus is the Lord of the entire universe. Nevertheless, He was willing to go to see an officer in the Roman army. In the Man-Savior's human virtue, His divine attribute of authority was expressed. He spoke a word, and the centurion's slave was healed.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Luke, pp. 136-137. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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