By Revd. Obafemi Omisade, Deputy General Overseer
“When Jesus heard it, He marvelled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” (Matthew 8:10, NKJV).
Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Romans 10:17 says faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Jesus described two gentiles (non-Jews) as having great faith. The centurion in Matthew 8:5-10 took Him at His word. He said Jesus should not bother to come to his house, but just speak the word and his servant will be healed. He was healed in the same hour that Jesus spoke. The Syrophoenician woman begged him for deliverance for her demon possessed daughter who was at home in Mt 15:21-28. Despite Jesus calling her a dog which she could have taken as an insult, she persisted, and the girl was healed in the same hour that Jesus spoke.