Excerpt from Living in the Spirit, now available in print and ebook editions from your favorite book retailers.
Excerpt from Living in the Spirit, pages 46-49
“Jesus asked, ‘When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?’” (Luke 18:8). What kind of faith will he be looking for?
A Roman centurion asked Jesus to cure his servant (Matthew 8 and Luke 7). As with all such humble requests, Jesus agreed, even though most Jews wouldn’t even talk to an officer of that hated occupying empire. In fact, just to enter a Gentile’s house carried the probability of contamination, rendering Jesus ritually unclean. But “Jesus said to him, ‘I will come and heal him’” (Matthew 8:7).
The centurion’s response is memorable.
“Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just 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…
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