TODAY’S BIBLE READING:
1 John 2:1-17
TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
1 John 2:1 (ESV) “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”
REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
Every one of us will sin, even after we have accepted the gift of eternal life from the Father. Yet, with all of the changes that took place in us at salvation, we should develop a distaste for sin. When we do sin, we should be so convicted and bothered by it that we run to the Father and rest in the truth of 1 John 1:9 and confess it in order to be cleansed of it.
1 John 1:9 (ESV) “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
But, in our Verse for Today, we learn that we aren’t in the sin battle alone. We learn that Jesus, Himself, is fighting for us.
Just listen once more to the role that He fills on our behalf:
“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” (1 John 2:1)
The word used for “advocate” is really “one who is called along side of.” So, in this verse, He is the one who is called to be beside us when we sin and He performs this action with the Father.
When you consider this definition, the word “advocate” fits nicely. We have broken God’s laws when we sin. He is the Judge and must administer judgment upon sin. But Jesus, acting on our behalf, defends us to the Father. “Father, I paid for that sin on the cross and declared them to have My righteousness when they were saved. So, they should be acquitted of the offense.”
This really is a formality. God the Father loves His children immensely. But, He is holy. Sin cannot be overlooked. So, Jesus is glorified by defending us every time we stumble into sin.
Friend, this shouldn’t make us feel as if we have a license to sin. It should cause us to work to sin less. While we are grateful that Jesus defends us before the Father, we don’t want our name to be brought up over and over. So, pursue holiness. Desire to become more like Christ. Then your Savior won’t have to spend so much time defending you.
Romans 6:1 (ESV) “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?”