Faith Or Good Deeds?

Q. Re. Luke 7:1-10. Did Jesus heal the Centurion’s servant because of the Centurion’s faith or because of his good deeds?

A. Here’s a summary of Luke 7:1-10. A Roman Centurion had a servant who was sick and about to die. The Jews the Centurion sent to see Jesus on his behalf suggested that he deserved to have Jesus come and heal his servant because he loved Israel and had built their local synagogue. But before Jesus could get there the Centurion sent someone to tell Him not to come, but to just “say the word” and his servant would be healed. Jesus complimented him on his faith and the servant was healed.

I think the good deeds of the Centurion were evidence of his faith (why else would a Roman soldier build a Jewish synagogue in a foreign land), and his suggestion that Jesus just “say the word” confirmed it. Therefore I believe the servant was healed because of the Centurion’s faith.

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