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The Authority of the Believer - Part 3

Let's look at an example from the Word of God that will show how authority works. Matthew 8:5-13 says 'Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented." And Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him." The centurion answered and said, "Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man 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 servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, "Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you." And his servant was healed that same hour.' Notice, in this story, that the centurion said to Jesus, I am also a man under authority. He knew how authority worked. The authority that he had came from a higher source, and he walked in that authority and when he gave a command it was expected to be obeyed. That is how authority works! You have the same authority as the one that sent you. When you are under authority, you are operating as a representative of the one in power. The centurion then asked Jesus to just speak a word, and his servant would be healed. Tomorrow, we will talk about faith and authority. Praise God!

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