In 1 John 2.1, Jesus is identified as our Advocate. He is the One who comes along side to help. A courtroom scene in view. Sinners stand accused before God – the Divine Judge. Jesus enters the scene as our Divine Defense Attorney. Both love and justice are equally satisfied in God’s plan of salvation. Today, we will discuss how this happens in detail.
I. Absolute Statements in 1 John.
- 1 John 1.5 – Christians do not walk in darkness.
- 1.9 – Christians confess sin.
- 2.3 – Christians keep God’s commandments by obeying His word.
- 2.9 – Christians love the brethren.
- 2.15 – Christians do not love the world.
- 2.29 – Christians practice righteousness.
- 3.6 – Christians do not practice sin.
- 3.14-18 – Christians actively demonstrate brotherly love through their actions.
- 3.22; 4.7-8; 21; 5.13 contain similar absolutes.
- What a standard! A call for sinlessness? Who measures up?
II. Divine Relief.
- 1 John 2.1 provides a respite from the absolutes of God’s standards.
- 2.1b – if anyone sins… The remedy is found in 1.9 and 2.12.
- Original language: “if” carries along with it the possibility.
- Long after initial salvation, we can and do sin. See 1.8, 10.
III. The Court of Divine Justice.
- Salvation is not just an act of grace. It is not just mercy or love. It is an act of justice.
- Romans 3.21-31 presents salvation as a perfect action of divine justice and grace.
- 1 John 1.9 – God is faithful and just to forgive us…
- God is a God of justice. See Numbers 14.19; Nahum 1.3.
- Every sin will be accounted for. But, mercy will be given to the guilty.
- Isaiah 45.21 – God is a just God and a Savior.
- How does He do it?
- 1 John 2.1 – We have an Advocate who has never lost a case.
- Hebrews 2.16-18 – Our attorney knows our weaknesses..
- Hebrews 7.25 – Though our prosecutor is relentless, so is our Advocate
- But, He will only accept you as a client when you confess your sin, 1.9.
- How can God be just in forgiving us of sin?
- 2.2 – Jesus is the one who satisfied God’s justice. See also 2 Corinthians 5.21.
- Jesus took the punishment. 1 Peter 2.24; Isaiah 53.5-6; 10-11.
- 1 Thessalonians 1.10 – Jesus is the one who delivers us from the wrath to come.
- Romans 3.21-31 – How can God manifest His justice apart from law?
- 3.25 – The cross was to demonstrate God’s justice or righteousness.
- Romans 8.1; 33-34; Colossians 2.11-15 – For the person who has surrendered his heart to God, there is total security in the promises of God.
- Is Jesus your Advocate?