Take a look and read about the Centurion in Matthew 8:5-13 (NLT). It will make you think. Now take a closer look at what the Centurion says to Jesus:
“Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed.”
And then Jesus says this:
“I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!”
Why does Jesus say that he hasn’t seen a faith like that before? That perplexed me and made my mind start turning. When I began looking at why I began to get my answer. But we have to go back to Abram and Moses. Here we see God showing them signs and wonders and then it said they “believed”. The Hebrew word that is used in both of these cases for the word “believe” is “aman” which means “to confirm or support”. So we see that in these two cases belief came after God performed signs and wonders so that their “belief” confirmed or supported what God was doing.
The Greek word that is used for the word “faith” in the Centurion case is “peitho” from pistis which translates “to pursuade or have confidence”. Jesus said that He had not seen a “faith” like this before because this was one of the first times we see someone “believed” (was persuaded) without seeing a sign or wonder first. The centurion had “confidence” that Jesus could do it and believed first before seeing it rather than Jesus healing the servant and then the centurion believing (confirming it).
Hebrew 11:1 (NLT) sums it up:
“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”
I want a faith like the Centurion…what kind of faith do you want?