If any man sin ...,

We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

1 John 2: 1b

The concept of an attorney is interesting, we imagine the Father as a judge and Jesus as an attorney trying to convince the judge of our innocence.

Although there are certain elements that are true regarding this, that is not the mentality that Juan had in writing this. The word used here is not as specific as a lawyer, the right word would probably be DEFENDER.

Meaning: Jesus defends us with the Father when we sin.

Many times we have the idea that the Father wants to destroy us and that Jesus is saying no, do not. When we sin, Jesus insists on our behalf.  “Don’t get mad, he is trying, he’s improving, and he won’t do it again! “

As if Jesus had heavenly excuses for our wrong doings...

That's not what is happening, in fact verse 2 says that

Jesus is the propitiation for our sins.


What this means, is that the way Jesus defends us is not telling the Father, “ignore their evil” but He reminds the Father that our wickedness has already been judged upon the cross of Jesus Christ.


What gives us access to God is not that we are good people, what gives us access to God is that whatever bad thing we have done has already been paid for on the cross of Jesus Christ. God is not expecting us to be better people, but regardless of all our errors and failures, Jesus solved the problem by dying on the cross and paying the price.


Thus, Jesus is not appealing to the mercy of God and His righteousness, because justice has already been done, Jesus Christ the righteous paid the price, guilt has been paid for, and condemnationhas been removed.

Jesus Christ paid for what we did and now we have our Defender, who reminds the Father that we are already free of conviction, not because of anything we have done but because Jesus Christ bore our guilt on the cross.


Jonathan Domingo

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