Today we look at 1 John 2: 1-6:
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; 2 and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
3 Now by this we may be sure that we know him, if we obey his commandments. 4 Whoever says, “I have come to know him,” but does not obey his commandments, is a liar, and in such a person the truth does not exist; 5 but whoever obeys his word, truly in this person the love of God has reached perfection. By this we may be sure that we are in him: 6 whoever says, “I abide in him,” ought to walk just as he walked.
We see in this passage, John share with us some important advice. He begins this passages with some good, simple, but hard to do words. Don’t sin. He is writing this letter with that purpose. Don’t sin.
I read something by Max Lucado once, “the reason why God hates sins so much is because sin destroys His children.” We are told here not to sin, not so that we will be someone that morally looks down upon others, but so that we can avoid things that destroy us.
But, John knowing the human condition, quickly moves to this advice: If you do, you have an advocate. John knows that yes, we will mess up. We will fall. We will do things wrong. That’s just part of what happens as humans. We will mess up. And so when we fall, remember, we have an advocate pulling for us. Jesus is at the right hand of the Father, advocating for us. Pulling for us. Praying for us.
And the blood of cross atones for us. No matter the sin, through Jesus, we are forgiven.
Notice how John keeps coming back to that fact over and over. He must really want us to know that. Through Jesus, we are forgiven. Never forget that.
And last, John tells us that if we love Him, we will keep His commandments. Those who follow Jesus will do what Jesus tells us to do. That’s how we know that we are truly His and in Him.
We keep His commandments.
What are those commandments? We’ll talk about that tomorrow.