My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world. (1 John 2:1-2 NLT)
To people who are feeling guilty and condemned, John offers reassurance. They know they have sinned, and Satan (called “the accuser of our brothers and sisters” in Revelation 12:10) is demanding the death penalty. When you feel this way, don’t give up hope—the best defense attorney in the universe is pleading your case. Jesus Christ, your advocate, your defender, is the Judge’s Son. He has already suffered your penalty in your place. You can’t be tried for a case that is no longer on the docket. United with Christ, you are as safe as he is. Don’t be afraid to ask Christ to plead your case—he has already won it (see Romans 8:33-34; Hebrews 7:24-25).
Jesus Christ is the atoning sacrifice for our sins (see also 4:10). He is our defence attorney. He can stand before God as our mediator because his death satisfied the wrath of God against sin and paid the death penalty for our sin. Thus, Christ both satisfies God’s requirement and removes our sin. In him, we are forgiven and purified.
Sometimes it ‘s hard to forgive those who wrong us. Imagine how hard it would be to forgive all people, no matter what they had done! This is what God has done in Jesus. No one, no matter what sin has been committed, is beyond forgiveness. All a person has to do is turn from sin, receive Christ’s forgiveness, and commit his or her life to him.
What can I say? Take note who is our advocate. Jesus will stand before God on our behalf.
The second bold comment is what amazes me. Remember I told you that I used to lead a Bible Study group of ex-drug addicts and street people. When they committed their lives to Christ, they could never understand that God would forgive their sins. Why? Because the world and society never forgave them. So they can’t understand that God forgives them. When caught they have to go to jail. Not with God, though. Obviously, as a young believer, we don’t understand the power of God.
How huge is our God!
Is this not a message that we as a believer should share more aggressively?
“Dear Lord I thank you for your Grace and forgiveness. Give me the courage and strength to lead people to you. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.”