1 John 2:1: My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
John did not want his readers to sin, but he knew that none of them was perfect and that all would need the help available from their Advocate. The thought here in is of a defense attorney who takes up the case of his client before a tribunal. The way in which the advocacy of the Lord Jesus works for His sinning people is admirably illustrated in His prayer for Peter. In anticipation of Peter’s approaching denial, Jesus asked the Father to prevent Peter’s faith from collapsing. He also had in mind Peter’s future helpfulness to his Christian brethren. Eternal life is fully guaranteed to those who have trusted Jesus for it. But the consequences of a believer’s failure, his restoration, and future usefulness are all urgent matters which Jesus takes up with God when sin occurs. His own personal righteousness (He is “the Righteous One”) is what uniquely suits Christ for His role as a Christian’s Advocate after he sins. 1
Have you ever really considered Jesus as your Advocate? He is your Defense Attorney! You have the best legal representation in all the world. He has never lost a case. He has paid all your legal fees and fines. He has served your prison sentence. Now He stands before the throne of grace to hear your prayers and to provide the forgiveness you need to stay in fellowship and serve Him.
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
Not only is Jesus our Savior for heaven, but He is also our Advocate on earth. – TWEET IT
Lord, thank You for handling every case that comes before me, with grace and truth and liberation.
1. Walvoord, John F., & Zuck, R. B., Dallas Theological Seminary. (1985). The Bible Knowledge Commentary: