Many of us have either read or heard the scripture Now faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen… And with this submission; a Roman centurion, who was the embodiment of this scripture is introduced.

Matthew writes…And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,  And saying, “Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.” Unlike Namaan, the centurion did not go to Jesus with a prideful demand because of his position. (2 Kings 5:1-13) No, with all of his military authority, he came to Jesus with a humble request and respect for the power and dominion of God. 

He is not a professed Christian, he does not attend synagogue, is not in the church congregation every Sunday, and he is not a participant of the religious productions around town.  No, he simply loved his servant as a son. And Jesus saith unto him, “I will come and heal him.” The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.” 

His faith did not require Jesus come to his house and lay hands on his servant…

His faith did not require Jesus come to his house and lay hands on his servant as oftentimes He did with most healings. He did not need to witness Jesus physically touch his servant to believe he was healed. The centurion just needed a Rhema word from the Most High.

Yes, the scriptures teach us Let us, therefore, come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16) Every one of us needs grace all the time but at times much more than others. And here he confesses this need by admitting, from his heart, he was not worthy that Jehovah Rophe should come to his house. God will never refuse a humble and contrite spirit; of which we. as children of God, should take serious note. For it is in this place that God’s grace and mercy answer us.

Nevertheless, this next statement touched the throne of grace more than the centurion even knew. By translating his faith into a knowing: …”but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.”

Jesus and the centurion

He did not have to see the end results to believe God. He believed God before he saw them. That was pure faith. The centurion believed God before he saw the evidence of God’s Word. He did not have to see to believe. All he needed was to hear the word to know. Then gives an example; ”For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.” How pure and simple was his faith. Actually child-like; basic, albeit so powerful.

Here our prayer should be “Remember me, O Lord, in Your favor toward Your people; visit me with Your salvation.”(Psalm 106:4) Here the word salvation means deliverance.

This explains Jesus’ confirmation, “Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.” In the entirety of the scriptures, this is the only place we read where Jesus was actually marveled by man. This Roman soldier’s faith touched the Word of Truth.

This is where we justly learn that God is no respecter of person.

This is where we justly learn that God is no respecter of person. It does not matter who you are or where you come from—if you have pure, unadulterated faith, you can touch the compassionate hem of Jesus’ heart and find immediate healing for whatever issues torment you. Thereby emphasizing that God has no favorites in the Kingdom.  He does not value one over another.  He will not withhold his love or provisions from anyone.  Everything he has made already exists and can be accessed through faith in Him alone.

Again, by his own confession, he did not have to see the manifestation of God’s word to believe. All he wanted was for God to say it. Many of us have wrestled with this text where we are oftentimes like the man who said “I believe but help thou mine unbelief.” Yet here this centurion ‘knew’ the healing of his servant would be the evidence of things not seen.

He believed God before he saw the evidence of His power.  All he wanted Jesus to do was say it because In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:1-3)

He did not need to see the manifestation of the Word of God to believe.

The revelation here is the centurion realized Jesus was the Word made flesh. He recognized that in dealing in the realms of sickness and death; Jesus walked in all power and authority of God. He did not need to see the manifestation of the Word of God to believe; for the Word now is!

Simply put, Jesus had already brought the end result into the present situation.  Is it not written, “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure …yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass.”

All the centurion had to know was the word went forth from God.   “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11) God sent His word of healing to the centurion’s house.

It is in the word not just in scriptural context but in Jesus Christ (Logos) for in him was life: and the life was the light of men. (John 1:4)  Right here instead of grasping at straws of desperation, we need to grab hold of this one truth. Allow it to settle in our spirits so that we can build upon this foundational principle of which Jesus is the chief cornerstone.  It is your belief in Jesus that releases your faith.

And Jesus said unto the centurion, “Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.” The centurion’s measure of faith was strong enough to receive the instantaneous gift of healing for his servant.

The Take-Away

The eyes of Faith see far beyond man’s thought processes or physical sight. Faith has total confidence in God.

The centurion was convinced the invisible things regarding God were real, and therefore, from this perspective, he acted in the fullness of hope concerning his servant. How blessed we would be in following this example.

All you need is a little faith

Perhaps we need to look into our spice racks, kitchen cabinets, or pantries—find the mustard seeds—take a good look at one mustard seed, and meditate on what the Word says concerning this seed. (Matthew 17:20) And then focus on applying that scripture in our lives continually until it becomes first nature to us. Removing all doubt, fear, frustration, sadness, and anger that so easily beset us. Then not only will our prayers be effectual, but the words we speak will bring forth change in ways never seen by mortal men.

Faith is the key that unlocks the door to the mysteries of God’s kingdom. Faith pulls down ‘the evidence of things not seen’ from heaven which can be applied to any given circumstance in anyone’s life. In this case the healing of the centurion’s servant. The evidence of things not seen may manifest as a word of knowledge, revelation, healing, financial blessings or whatever it is you need.  Simply put, the centurion petitioned Jesus “but speak the word only and {I know} my servant shall be healed.”  Right here knowing is implied.

We must know God before we see the hand of God.  By knowing God we must have a true relationship with Him; that exceeds far beyond church on Sunday or just when we get into precarious situations. In so doing we would learn to carefully guard our hearts with all humility and peace. Thereby upon approaching Him we would know to respect the power of His Sovereignty. Then we could more clearly understand the principle of why we must believe the hand of God will move before we see the hand of God moving.  Why; because faith establishes the law. (Romans 3:26-31)

Many of us have heard people say ‘seeing is believing, but Kingdom principles teach us not seeing is believing that God is already working in our favor. God’s word plus faith has the ability to change all things.

Jesus said to him, ‘Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29) Here Jesus is the object of faith. Today the same is still applicable to all objects of our faith—not seeing and yet believing.

But in this case, the centurion took it to another level. He needed only to hear to believe! So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. He just knew all he needed Jesus to do was release healing into the atmosphere.  To display His power as Jehovah Rophi. In John 6:63 Jesus declares, “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” And with those spoken words the centurion was able to receive healing for his servant by genuine faith.

From my book Faithwalkers: How to Survive in the Desert of Hopelessness.

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