JESUS CHRIST OUR ADVOCATE

“We have an advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.”            1 John 2:1 NIV

 

“Advocate” is from the Greek word that is transliterated, “Paraclete”. It is used of Jesus Christ only in today’s text. Jesus uses it of the Holy Spirit. It refers to one who is called alongside to help, especially in a court of law. If we have been accused of a crime, we need an attorney to come to our aid by pleading our case before the bench. The Holy Spirit comes to believers in Christ’s stead to testify of Him and lead us into all truth. He assures us that we are children of God. But here John says that Jesus is our Advocate in heaven, “with the Father.” “With” is the same word used in John 1:1, “the Word was with God.” It means that Jesus is always before the Father. He never takes a holiday or a break. Whenever we need Him, which is always, He is there, coming to our aid. When we sin, Satan, the accuser, charges us as guilty before God. Jesus Christ, our defence attorney, steps to the Bench, but He does not enter a plea of “not guilty”. That would not be true because we have sinned. Rather, He enters a plea of guilty, but then He argues for pardon because He paid the penalty for that sin by His substitutionary death. Therefore, His client is not liable for punishment. Although we should confess our sins, John does not say, “If we confess our sins, we have an Advocate.” Rather, he says, “If anyone sins, we have an Advocate.” Our forgiveness, our standing with God, do not depend on anything we do, but rather on the finished work of Christ. If we are His children through the new birth, He is there before the Father on our behalf, pleading His blood, even before we confess our sins!

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord Jesus, thank You for being our Advocate before the Father.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord, our forgiveness and our standing with You do not depend on anything we do, but rather on the finished work of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for going before the Father on our behalf, pleading Your blood, even before we confess our sins. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

2 Chronicles 5:1-14

 

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