The great LOVE of our Advocate, that should be rememberedPosted: February 15, 2008
On a national holiday here in America we often have boughten into them. Our culture and our tradition of society has won our boughten souls over more then we as believers even know. For this years (2008) “valentines” day may you focus on the greatest act of love that had ever existed, the CROSS. I would like to take this time for you to mediate on our Savior from sin, namely OUR ADVOCATE. May you enjoy my thoughts…
1 John 2:1-2 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
I. We have an advocate. Since Christ has finished his blood pouring out upon the cross in purchasing his elect, he now pleads on behalf of his elect for their forgiveness of sins.
a. Illustration- what does the Bible gives us?
Now look with me to the second half of verse one, “if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” Now when you read this, you almost would think that John is trying to say that you shouldn’t sin, but it is okay if you do, because you have an advocate. To that I would say that is not at all what he is trying to tell his readers. What kind of advocate is this? Read with me in the previous chapter in verse seven, “But if we walk in the light, as he is the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” From how much sin are we cleansed? We are cleansed from all sin. For it is the blood of Christ in which he gave that we the church can be forgiven by God for our sins. So what John is giving us here is that number one, don’t sin and number two, if you do sin, we have an advocate. This here is the center piece of my text. This word here is not used often in the New Testament and when used in all cases, it is used in describing what the Holy Spirit does. But John uses this to display the beauty of Christ as our best friend, the advocate. Well, for starters I need to explain what an advocate is. I believe the best definition of this is found in Scripture, in Hebrews 4:14-16. It reads,
“Seeing then that we have a great high priest that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us, therefore, come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
b. Application- what does this mean?
That is what an advocate is. Do you get that? Does your family get that? Does your church get that? This is what I am trying to describe to you, that when you know you have a sin issue, when you are struggling more than you ever have in your life, when you think your marriage is at its seams because of the selfish decisions you have made, when your kids do not listen because of the times that you have treated them un-Christ-like manner, Christ is there. When you have left God’s side and disobeyed his word time and time again constantly and willingly, Christ will plead for you, if you are his. And if you are not, today may be the day to meet your lawyer. When you have left God’s side and you have nowhere to run, no one to go to help any longer, and nowhere to hide in your sin, and no arms to comfort you, Christ will take care of His own.
When we are discouraged by our present state, depressed about the decisions we have made, feel abandoned because of the barriers we build between God, hurt because of the loneness that we have created, and abused by the torment of sin in our lives, Christ is there pleading on our behalf. This is why we pray “in Christ’s name.” All of our problems, all of our troubles, all of our asking of forgiveness of sin, are in Christ’s name. This is crucial to praying to God. Christ sets and pleads and intercedes on your behalf. And as sinners we need an advocate.
Interaction- what would that look like?
You know what makes this sweet though is Christ’s intercession for his bride. In the heavens, he is sitting beside his father in perfect communion, and you pray, and you ask God for forgiveness from what you have done. What do you think happens? You think Christ says, “Well father he’s really sorry this time.” You think he says, “Well he has not lusted in 3 weeks father, or he hasn’t been prideful lately, father.” You think that’s how God works? No, Christ says, “Look at my cross father, look at it. And look at my hands father, you see them, and my feet, you see my side, look at my cross father; look at my cross. My blood purchased these men father, and I plead on behalf of them with my redeeming, purchasing, sin cleansing pure blood father. That is my plea.” And that is your plea every time you pray to God in Christ’s name and ask for forgiveness before the almighty judge. Amen! God forgives you because he looks at your best friend, your lawyer; he looks at Christ’s blood and not you.