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One of the greatest tragedies of life is the inability or the neglect of a father to pass on to his children the benefits of his experience.

Fathers must instruct, warn, and encourage their children.

For the next while Wednesday evenings messages will be from John’s first epistle and are titled “The Counsel of a Spiritual Father to His Children.”

Today we are discussing Establishing the Fellowship.

Text

1 John 2:1 (AMP)

Christ Is Our Advocate

2 My little children (believers, dear ones), I am writing you these things so that you will not sin and violate God’s law. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate [who will intercede for us] with the Father: Jesus Christ the righteous [the upright, the just One, who conforms to the Father’s will in every way—purpose, thought, and action].

Scripture Reading

1 John 2:1-2 (AMP)

1 John 2:1-2 (AMP)

Christ Is Our Advocate

2 My little children (believers, dear ones), I am writing you these things so that you will not sin and violate God’s law. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate [who will intercede for us] with the Father: Jesus Christ the righteous [the upright, the just One, who conforms to the Father’s will in every way—purpose, thought, and action]. 

2 And He [that same Jesus] is the propitiation for our sins [the atoning sacrifice that holds back the wrath of God that would otherwise be directed at us because of our sinful nature—our worldliness, our lifestyle]; and not for ours alone, but also for [the sins of all believers throughout] the whole world.

Introduction

Paul said in his letter to the Ephesians, Ephesians 2:8-9 (AMP)

8 For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God; 

9 not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law], so that no one will [be able to] boast or take credit in any way [for his salvation].

This is perhaps the simplest yet most profound statement in the bible in regard to the new birth.

However, satan, in his sinister determination to distort every truth in God’s Word, has caused many to think that God’s grace is cheap permission for a Christian to sin.

In other words, satan tries to tell people, “you could never meet god’s standards. Why even try?”

Or else he says, “God is a loving heavenly Father, and He understands your human weakness. Don’t take sinning so seriously. God will always forgive.”

Either of these attitudes toward sin in a Christian’s life will produce a devastating effect.

It will destroy fellowship with God and will prevent a Christian from growing and maturing in the faith.

Inevitably these attitudes will cause a Christian to doubt his or her salvation and relationship with Christ.

Therefore, in the first two verses of chapter two, John talked about “establishing the fellowship” that should exist between God and His people.

  1. John declared that the privilege is shared by all believers.
  1. “My little children” (2:1)

Note the sudden change in John’s manner.

Up to this point in his letter, he had maintained a certain formality.

He used the form “We” instead of the personal “I”.

He laid down some very positive guidelines regarding darkness and light, sin and righteousness.

He plainly said that Christians must confess their sins, there is no ‘blanket forgiveness” provided for Christians even though they are children of God.

Their sins must be dealt with individually and specifically.

B. John called his readers “little children” six times throughout his letter..

Jesus also used this phrase when He was talking to His disciples.

Children are usually teachable, and little children are even more in need of careful guidance.

So, in essence, John told the recipients of his letter, “little children, as God has spoken to me, let me lead you step by step through His business of dealing with sin in your lives and establishing and maintaining fellowship with your heavenly Father.”

2. John introduced the prohibition in this personal relationship

  1. “I am writing you these things so that you will not sin and violate God’s law.” (2:1)

The tense John used concerning sin has a lot of significance.

The tense in “if any man sin,” suggests committing a certain sin at a certain time.

John is not talking about habitual sinning.

In other words, John considered sin in a Christian’s life not as recurrent but as unusual and definitely infrequent.

B. John basically said , “Don’t fall into sin. Avoid it like the plague. But if you do become trapped by satan in a weak moment, don’t give up! Don’t think that all is lost!”

Satan has deluded many Christians into believing that they cannot live victoriously because they seem to succumb so easily to certain temptations.

Sometimes they give in and resign themselves to lives of spiritual defeat.

This is just as satan would have it.

Many Christians sit on the sidelines because they have convinced themselves that they cannot live a meaningful Christian life.

3. John revealed the provision God has made for His children.

  1. “And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate [who will intercede for us] with the Father: Jesus Christ the righteous [the upright, the just One, who conforms to the Father’s will in every way—purpose, thought, and action]..” (2:1)

This is one of the most comforting statements in the entire letter.

The word advocate, in this context, means “one called to your side.”

It was used to indicate legal counsel, one who undertakes the cause of another.

Yet there was a far deeper meaning when the word was applied to Jesus, seated in heaven at the right hand of the Father.

In His relationship to us, He is not just a legal counsel, because we are His!

He died on a cross for us, He redeemed us with His blood.

B. John said that we have another advocate “with the Father”.

The word “with” literally means “facing”.

Our advocate is facing the Father in heaven when He pleads our cause.

This means that He is always in fellowship with the father to plead the cause of Christians who have sinned.

C. In verse 2 John reminded us of a basic truth, that Jesus is the propitiation for our sins.

The word propitiation has a simple meaning.

The guilt of sin separated people from God.

On the cross, Jesus assumed that guilt and paid the penalty with His own blood.

He removed the cause of alienation between God and humankind.

Jesus satisfied the demands of God’s broken law.

propitiation, then simply means satisfaction. 

Conclusion.

John was warning Christians against sin.

Satan is always waiting for opportunities to tempt and seduce God’s people.

Sometimes we fall victim to his plans.

When we do, a loving and understanding God has made provision.

Jesus is our advocate, He will, upon our repentance, plead our cause before the Father and restore broken fellowship.

Until next time

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