Jesus has dealt with your Sin

Scripture: 1 John 2:1-2a, ‘My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defence—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins.’

 

Observations: Even though John presumes that we will all sin, he doesn’t want us to become complacent about sin, rather he is writing this ‘so that we will not sin.’ John wants to encourage us to not walk in darkness, but to walk in the light (1:6-7). However, if we do sin, neither do we need to despair, for not only do we have someone who ‘speaks to God in our defence,’ but we also have someone who ‘is the atoning sacrifice for our sins.’ And that person is Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. John stresses Jesus’ righteousness, because His righteousness is credited to us in place of our unrighteousness. The idea that Jesus speaks in our defence is based on a single Greek word, which elsewhere is translated as Counsellor, in this case like a defence lawyer. Jesus sticks up for those who put their trust in him. The term ‘atoning sacrifice’ also comes form a single Greek word ‘hilasmos,’ which can either refer to how Jesus cleansed us before God through his sacrifice on the cross, or how he appeased God’s wrath through his sacrifice on the cross. Either way it refers to what Jesus achieved for us on the cross. The word atonement refers to our restored relationship with God, which is what Jesus’ death on the cross did for us. John point is that we should reject sin in our lives, but if we do commit sin Jesus will stick up for us, Jesus will deal with it, and Jesus will give us his righteousness.

 

Application: Firstly, do not sin! If you are sinning in anyway, stop it! Secondly, if you have sinned, confess it (see 1:9). Thirdly, if you have sinned, trust in Jesus to deal with it. Jesus has dealt with it on the cross, Jesus will deal with it before the father, and Jesus has dealt with it in our hearts by covering our unrighteousness with his perfect obedience. We no longer have to carry the weight of our sin, Jesus bore it for us on the cross.

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, may I never lose the wonder of what Jesus has done for me. Your Son died in my place so that my relationship with You could be restored, so that I could become Your child and You could become my Father. And I know that when I face You I won’t face You alone, but Jesus will be standing by my side, defending me. And I know that I have nothing to fear because His righteous covers my unrighteousness, his blood covers my sin, and in Him You have declared me holy and blameless. Lord, I thank You for Your mercy and grace, and I praise You for Your redemption in Christ Jesus in whose name I pray. Amen.

 

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