This morning, let’s begin by looking at what it means to be “IN Christ”. You will know one that is “in Christ” when he confesses Jesus. I’m not referring to the confession of sin but that of confessing – the words of Jesus and His teachings, for the words we say rule us. As I have often heard it stated, “you are known by your words” and how true this may be. Just listen to a person talk and you can soon determine how and what they believe. To be truly “IN HIM” one must first confess the sin in his life…1 John 1:7 But if we are living in the light of God’s presence, just as Christ is, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from every sin (NLT). John 1:9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong (NLT).
Let’s take a look at the positive part of confession that of salvation: Romans 10:9-10 For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved (NLT).
Proverbs 6:2 supports and tells us exactly the way it is, the very truth of confession of our words; you have trapped yourself by your agreement and are caught by what you said—(NLT). So, we can conclude that our words or what we say are confessions and these words will rule us. The Bible states out of the abundance of the heart our mouth speaks. It would be a good practice to think or evaluate our words before we speak. Our tongue can be either a curse or a blessing.
When we stay rooted “IN Christ” our words will be confessions of being in Him, we will live, move and have our being, in Him. Yes, Christ will know you and you will know Him. I believe there are times in our lives when we are faced with circumstances when we “will say to those mountains be thou removed” and they will go, by the very power of Jesus, the working of the Holy Spirit in us, doing good things. As stated here in Mark we must have met certain conditions combined with unwavering faith. Mark 11:22-25, Then Jesus said to the disciples, Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too (NLT). God’s forgiveness toward a believer and a believer’s forgiveness toward others are linked together because a bond has been established between the Divine Forgiver and the forgiven believer (see Matt. 18:21-35). One who has accepted God’s forgiveness is expected to forgive others just as God has forgiven him (Eph. 4:32). If he does not, he forfeits God’s forgiveness in his daily life.