He understood compassion (vv.2-3) (Centurions not known for compassion, love for Jews or benevolence)
He understood hearing & doing (James 1:22) - When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his servant. (hearing/doing) Rom. 10:17
Acts 26:20 (ESV) 20but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God,performing deeds in keeping with their repentance.
He understood humility (unworthiness) (v.4 & v.6)
- Romans 3:10 - As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
- Ephesians 2:8 - 9 (KJV) 8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast.
He understood the power of words (v. 7)
- Hebrews 1:3 (KJV)3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:
John 6:63 (KJV)It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.