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1 John 2:1-6, We Have an Advocate

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My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
— 1 John 2:1-2

RCL Daily Devotion for Monday, March 11, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

It’s a bit odd, but it’s true. The word that the author of 1 John uses for advocate (Gk. Paraclete) can be best described as a “lawyer.” If we had to enumerate all of the lawyer jokes that exist, and narrowed them down to only the lawyer jokes that mention heaven or hell, my guess is that we would still have well over several thousand jokes.

But all joking aside, our advocate is the one who had given himself for us, Jesus Christ.

You see, where the Evil One only accuses (in fact, one of Satan’s names is “the accuser”), the advocate magnifies our good works, and speaks of our beauty as children of God. That is the gift of the Holy Spirit, that we might live within the freedom that this offers us. We perhaps do deserve only condemnation, but through our savior, we have salvation and the good gift of faith.

What do you think that scripture uses an allegory of legal language to describe our relationship with God?


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