1 John

Our Advocate

Have you ever been in trouble for something you know you did wrong, and a friend, or advocate, sticks up for you speaking in your defense? Kind of like being in a courthouse where you’re facing a sentence for a crime you admit committing, but your lawyer argues for you and gets the judge to forgive your grievance? Well one of the roles of Jesus is to act as an advocate for us when we sin. First John 2 verses 1 and 2 says:

"My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world."

Grace is receiving the good that we don’t deserve. At some point, all of us will sin and find ourselves guilty before God. But First John says that Jesus is our advocate. He speaks to the Father in our defense. His atoning sacrifice for our sins brings forgiveness. John says that he was writing this so that the reader does not sin, but if we do sin, we have Jesus, our advocate who speaks to the Father in our defense. I don’t know about you, but I am so happy for this truth.

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“…if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One”. I am so thankful that I’ve never seen a day in court for a crime that I have or haven’t committed. But if that day ever comes, my earthly advocate would be no where near as effective as my spiritual one. Jesus has done - and continues to do so much for us. One of his roles is to be our advocate – to speak on our behalf when we sin. The goal is not to sin, but isn’t it awesome that when we do, we have Jesus in our corner speaking to the Father in our defense?

No Darkness

At times I think that we, as believers, forget just how holy God is. His holiness is so paramount that old testament Israelites knew that just to look upon the face of God would mean death. Even Moses was only permitted to look at God’s backside from the cleft in the mountain. He is so holy, that only the blood of his son can allow us to survive in his presence. We serve a holy God, a God in which there is no darkness at all. First John chapter 1, verse 5 – 7 says:

"This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light, in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin."

It is every believer’s desire to have fellowship with God. But John tells us that if we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. So, the key is not to walk in darkness. Yes, we are exposed to darkness. And sometimes we can even get tainted by it. But we can’t walk in it. If we do, we shouldn’t claim to have fellowship with God. I know we’re only human, but God is spirit. And in him there is no darkness at all. So, I encourage you to do everything you can to walk in the light. If you do, you’ll not only be in right relationship with God, but John tells us that we’ll also have fellowship with one another as well.

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“God is light. And in him there is no darkness at all”. So, if we want to have fellowship with him we cannot walk in darkness. If Satan has found a stronghold in your life, I encourage you to do everything you can to get free from whatever sin you’re in. Because to have true fellowship with God, means we can’t walk in darkness.