Verse of the Day Devotion: 1 John 2:1
“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;” – 1 John 2:1
In the first chapter, John lays out how we are to view sin in our lives. “This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.” 1 John 1:5-10. In summary, John is saying if we say we are fellowshipping with Jesus and yet continue in sin, we are lying and there is not truth in what we say. But if we live and walk in holiness and purity and thereby shine the light of Christ into the darkness, then we shall have fellowship with Him and each other. Notice the two things John says about the declaration of no sin. 1) we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us, and 2) we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.
John states in our focus verse that he wrote those things that we would not sin. The idea here is to strive for a life of holiness. To make the purpose of our life to live in a manner that is pleasing to the Lord. Unfortunately, we are all tempted to sin, and there are times when we succumb to the temptation. However, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus, who lived the life of perfection we could not and through His death, burial and resurrection we were justified, declared righteous, for the penalty was paid for us on the cross of Christ. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9.
This to me is a very encouraging verse. We are called to live a holy life, and we can only do this through the power and agency of the Holy Spirit. Unfortunately, we get distracted from this calling and we fall into the trap of doing what we want as opposed to what God wants. This, to me, is the definition of sin; following our desires rather than his. The encouraging thing is that we have that advocate with the Father. The definition of advocate in the Merriam-Webster dictionary Is one who pleads the case or cause of another before a judicial court. Jesus pleads our case before the Father for mercy and forgiveness, which is granted, again, because of the work of Christ on the cross. He does not just forgive, but He also cleanses us from all unrighteousness. How great is the father’s love for us!
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.