1 John · Exegesis of Light

We have an Advocate…a Helper [2]

My little children, these things I write to you, that you sin not. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. [1 John 2:1-2]

“…and if any man sin, we have an advocate….”

See the confidence of the Spirit towards us today! He says “If”…not when! But If! Our Helper’s disposition towards us is strength not weakness. He reckons us strong. He reckons us victors not victims. So He says if – emphasizing the uncertainty of us sinning and highlighting the likelihood of us walking in righteousness always. Selah

If we do sin, we have an advocate with the Father. What does this mean?
Well the word advocate is the greek word “parakletos”…the same Word used to refer to the Holy Spirit as our Helper.

The necessity of the phrase “with the Father” is “geo-spiritual”. It is to highlight the distinction: We have a Helper with us here on earth and we have a Helper with the Father in Heaven…His Name is Jesus Christ the Righteous! Both of them minister to the new creation to lift and support and cheer him on to perfection and maturity.

The position that suggests that the Father has to be pressed into line, by the persuasive Jesus, in order for Him not to fire “lightning bolts” at the sinning new creation is mere old wives fables. The Father is one with Jesus and the Holy Spirit on all themes.

There is no division in the Godhead. The Father knows as much as Jesus and the Holy Spirit that the shed Blood has already forgiven all sins. The Father himself loves us and is propelled by this love to lift us up and minister strength to us always….especially in our times of need and weakness.

Glory to God!

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