“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. 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. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, “Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.” … “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.” (Matthew 8:8-10,13)
A centurion is an appointed leader of one hundred soldiers. He understands the meaning of authority in the military setup. He understands the enormous power that accompanies every spoken military command from the person in authority. Therefore, the centurion had been yielding to the commandment of his superior authorities. In the same manner, his subordinates yielded to the authority of his command. Based on his personal experience, he sought the face of Jesus Christ, the higher authority in faith, because he knew that our Lord Jesus Christ had authority over His ministering angels to do His biddings. The faith of the centurion was met with the mercy and compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ, and his prayer was answered. The moment the commandment of the Watcher was issued out to the invisible ministering angels, there was an outpouring of healing from God’s throne of grace. Instantly, the virtue of healing proceeded from our Lord Jesus Christ according to His vested authority to heal the servant of the centurion.
Revisiting the passage, the centurion said, “I am a man under authority.” Anyone under authority is presumed to understand the enormous power that authority carries. Therefore, a person under authority will not underrate the power of authority. He will not undermine or undervalue authority. He will neither disregard nor disobey authority. He will neither disrespect nor dishonor authority. Because this blessed individual appreciates the value of authority, he will endeavor to understand and delve into how the authority he humbly embraced adds to his blessings. That was why the centurion approached Jesus Christ humbly and prayerfully. That was why he exhibited a dignified responsibility and God pleasing faith before the authority of Jesus Christ he believed in.
The Lord revealed His authority over all creations when He says in the book of Isaiah, “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Could you build me a temple as good as that? Could you build me such a resting place? My hands have made both heaven and earth; they and everything in them are mine. I, the Lord, have spoken! “I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word. But those who choose their own ways—delighting in their detestable sins— [better still, who dishonored the Heavenly Father’s authority and commandments will face judgment instead of the blessing of God] … I will send them great trouble—all the things they feared. For when I called, they did not answer. When I spoke, they did not listen. They deliberately sinned before my very eyes and chose to do what they know I despise.” (Isaiah 66:1-4)
In this passage, the scripture clearly points out the blessedness when we yield to the authority and commandment of God. At the same time, we can also see the judgment of God when any person attempts to undermine the authority and commandment of God. The common denominator in the lives of the faithful servants of God is that they walked in obedience to the word of God. From Enoch to Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joshua and other servants of God, you will notice this beautiful attribute of submission to the commandment and God’s authority in their ministries. The same attribute also manifested in the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. He does everything to please His Father in Heaven because He operates as someone under authority.
We can now understand why God is so protective of His servants who remain absolutely faithful under His divine authority. “He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes, Saying, “Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.” (1 Chronicles 16:21-22) That was why He did not abandon Daniel in the lion den. That was why He manifested His presence in the burning fiery furnace of Nebuchadnezzar; in order to identify with and protect His faithful servants that were under His divine authority. Let us learn from the precepts of the word of God and the examples of the saints that had gone before us and begin to put ourselves under the holy and righteous organization structure of Almighty God–the Highest Authority.
We can behold the awesome arrangement of the Wisest God Almighty through His creation of every child He created to learn the process and function of authority from the two human angels—the father and the mother—which He appointed to nurture every child on earth. “My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.” (Proverbs 1:8-9) By yielding to the authority of the parents, the children will learn how to recognize the educational authority of their teachers, recognize the spiritual authority of their pastors, recognize the governing authority of the government and the authorities of their supervisors in their working place. Above all they will recognize the overall and awesome authority of Almighty God, the Creator of the whole universe. All the blessings of God in the scripture are conditional on yielding to the commandments of God and His approved authorities. “See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.” (Deuteronomy 6:15-16)
Children that are under the authority of their parents will not disregard the wise and righteous counsel given to them. They will not dishonor their parents with their fresh and razor-sharp mouths. “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” (Colossians 4:6) A repented person is an individual that is operating under the authority of God that forgive us our sins. “So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” (Matthews 9:6) A faithful person is an individual that is operating under the authority of God that assured us of His divine presence. “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” (Isaiah 43:2) A servant of God that is under the authority of the Living God will not engage in deceptive ministry of false prophesy to deceive the people of God. They will not attempt to shift the old landmark of righteousness. “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.” (Isaiah 1:19-20) I pray we shall not rebel against the authority of God in our lives in Jesus name, Amen.
Prayer: O Lord, my God and my Redeemer, I look inward this day and I recognized my shortcomings. I realize that many times I have chosen my own selfish path, completely disregarding your word. I humbly plead this day O Lord, forgive me my sins and endow me with the grace of operating under your divine authority from this moment onward, in Jesus name, Amen.