Our Advocate and Propitiation - 1 John 2:1-2

Picking up where we left off previously, we are going to study 1 John 2:1-2 which reads:

"My little children, I am writing you these things so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ the Righteous One.  He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world."

In our last study we saw that the basis for building a dynamic (growing and not stagnate) relationship with Christ is by walking in the light and confessing our sins.  John continues in 1 John 2:1 by reminding us that he was writing this letter as an encouragement to build an honest and growing relationship with Christ and in so doing avoid sin. 

The reality, however, is that even when we do mess up “we have an advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ the Righteous One.”  The term “advocate” is a translation of a Greek word that is used in John 14:26.  In that verse the word references the Holy Spirit’s ministry to all who believe as a counselor (helper, counselor, and protector).  While it is awesome to have the Holy Spirit minister to us in those ways it is equally incredible that Jesus Christ is serving on our behalf in much the same way before the Father.  Just think, when we mess up Jesus Himself is “standing by our side” before the Father. 

You may be asking yourself, as I often do, “Why would Jesus even want to do that?”  John explains it in 1 John 2:2; “He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not only for ours by also for those of the whole world.”  Propitiation is a fancy word that means that God’s wrath or anger against man (because of our sin) was turned away by Christ’s gift (His sacrificial death on the cross on our behalf).  It is because of Christ’s gift of salvation that we can be assured of His defense in the throne room of heaven on our behalf.

That fact that Jesus is both our “advocate” and “propitiation” should give us confidence and make us thankful for the simple truth that…

Jesus Christ bought us with His life.