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; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world. 1 John 2:1-2
Our sins would leave us in a desperate and hopeless state before our holy God. The list of sins we have committed and the utter incompatibility of the transgressions that accompany our history would cause any righteous judge to shun us and send us away. But, when we stand before our God, we do not have to stand alone! A righteous lawyer (advocate) will be with us.
The word the apostle John chose is very similar to the one Jesus used to describe the Spirit of God that would be with us throughout our lives – parakletos: “one who pleads another’s cause before a judge, a pleader, counsel for defense, legal assistant, an advocate, an intercessor. When referring to Christ in his exaltation at God’s right hand, the One who is pleading with God the Father for the pardon of our sins”.
How assuring it is to know that the One standing beside me also paid the debt for my sin. He can say to t he Father, this one of mine has their debt paid in full.
When was the penalty of sin removed from my life? Am I removing the power of sin from my life?
Lord, to be considered one of Your little children is a privilege undeserved. Thank you Jesus for standing with me, both in this life and on the day of judgment.
Continuing with the resolutions of Jonathan Edwards: #2 Resolved, to be continually endeavoring to find out some new invention and contrivance to promote the aforementioned things. I am looking forward to learning something new today… perhaps an iPhone app, or software or technique or use of a tool in my garage.