It is interesting how in James chapter 2 it is written that faith, without works, is dead. This shows that it is possible to have faith, but if the faith doesn’t have works (if the faith doesn’t work!), this faith is in vain, it is dead! Such serious words! So what kind of works should my faith have? If you are a serious believer, it is important to ask yourself – does my faith work? Does my faith give me eternal life?
Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God… Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world…for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.” 1 John 4:2-8
It is written in 1 John, chapter 4, that everyone that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God. But don’t all (or most) religions and denominations confess this? Even historians have proven this fact and confess that Jesus Christ came in the flesh. So just by confessing this to be true – does this mean that you know the Spirit of God and are of God?
If you read further, we see here that those that are His have overcome the world, they are not of this world, and they love, for God is love. What does it mean to overcome the world? What does it mean to confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh?
Yes, it is true, that many people today believe in the history of Jesus Christ. But does merely believing in this historical event – save you and give you eternal life?
To confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh – not only means to proclaim this historical event. To me, this means to Fully believe in the Calvary, and what Christ did for me! As written in Romans chapter 6, we not only were buried with Him by baptism into death, but we also were raised up with Christ from the dead by the glory of the Father. “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the the likeness of His resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin…”
Although many proclaim to have been crucified with Christ, they continue to proclaim the old man, by defending and proclaiming sin. By proclaiming that while in the flesh, it isn’t possible to be sin-free. Although Scriptures reveal otherwise! Christ came in the flesh, in the same flesh that we have today!, and He showed us the way!
“Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him: knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.” Romans 6:9-10
So to confess Jesus Christ in the flesh, also means to confess Him in your flesh! And if He is in your flesh, if He lives in you, then how can you continue to sin or be a slave to sin!? To overcome this world- means to die for this world, it means to overcome sin, to die for sin once and for all! And if we died with Him and resurrected with Him, we should walk in the newness of life! The old has passed, behold, all is new!