Authority never flows up, but down. I’ve heard that statement multiple times from multiple leaders, but I never fully grasped it until I allowed the Holy Spirit to show it to me via an important word in Matthew 8:5 – 13.
In these verses, I was always shown that what made Jesus marvel was the Centurion’s recognition of what authority was, and to an extent that is correct. He did, but what made Jesus marvel is what the Holy Spirit shared with me this morning as I typed this. In verse 9, The Centurion says, “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.”
The centurion recognized that authority never flows up, but down. He says in verse 9, “For I also am a man under authority…”. In order for the centurion soldier to come to Jesus, he was fully aware that Jesus had THE AUTHORITY and power to heal his servant! Jesus marveled because this unsaved man, a pagan recognized the authority Jesus had and had the faith to believe in this authority without being an Israelite; having this faith without believing in the God of Israel.
There’s a lot of believers in this generation who don’t properly understand the authority they have been given. The authority the centurion recognized Jesus had because he was under authority, many reject or don’t utilize enough. This authority that the centurion recognized Jesus had, Jesus has given that same authority to us!
Luke 10:18 – 19 NKJV, “And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
We have the same authority that the unsaved centurion recognized Jesus had. So, can I ask you a question: How many centurions (unsaved) are you not displaying your authority to because you don’t recognize what they recognize? How many recognize the authority in you, you have yet to discover in yourself? The centurions (unsaved) are coming to you, it’s time to display the authority you were freely given.