1 John 2:1,2
v.1- “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin.”-
Right away, we see John gets to the point. Sin.
Sin is destructive, deceitful, and must be avoided at all costs.
“And if anyone sins,”- In other words, “But when you do sin…”
“we have an Advocate”- What is an advocate?
Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words- “It was used in a court of justice to denote a legal assistant, counsel for the defense, an advocate; then, generally, one who pleads another’s cause, an intercessor, advocate, as in
1 John 2:1, of the Lord Jesus.”
“we have”- When John says, “we have” he always means it in terms of a personal possession.
“with the Father,”- God the Father Almighty.
There is someone who is very close to God the Father who is our advocate.
“Jesus Christ the righteous.”- Earlier I compared an advocate to a defense attorney.
The Greek word translated “advocate” here is “paraklētos”.
Jesus is described here as “Jesus Christ the righteous.”
“Jesus” is His name, which means, “Jehovah is salvation”.
“Christ” is His title, “anointed”- the long-awaited Messiah.
“righteous”- “used of him whose way of thinking, feeling, and acting is wholly conformed to the will of God, and who therefore needs no rectification in the heart or life.”
v.2- “And He Himself”- Who? Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is our “propitiation”- “a means by which justice is satisfied, God’s wrath is averted, and mercy can be shown on the basis of an acceptable sacrifice.” “propitiation” means the satisfying of God’s Law.
“propitiation” has in its meaning the fact that this is nothing we as humans did, or do, or ever could have done, to achieve.
This Greek word for “propitiation” also indicates a covering.
“propitiation” also indicates the removal of guilt.
The “propitiation” Jesus provided was not just for us, it was “also for the whole world.”
Notes by Pastor Chris Bent