And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate

My little children (believers, dear ones), I am writing you these things so that you will not sin and violate God’s law. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate [who will intercede for us] with the Father: Jesus Christ the righteous [the upright, the just One, who conforms to the Father’s will in every way—purpose, thought, and action]. And He [that same Jesus] is the propitiation for our sins [the atoning sacrifice that holds back the wrath of God that would otherwise be directed at us because of our sinful nature—our worldliness, our lifestyle]; and not for ours alone, but also for [the sins of all believers throughout] the whole world.  1 John 2:1-2

Jesus is our Advocate.  He sits at the right hand of the Father and makes it possible for us to draw near to the Father with confidence knowing that our sins are forgiven and His righteousness has been placed upon us.

He came to this earth because of His love for us.  He took the wrath we deserved because of His love for us.  There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God.  The more we draw near to the Lord, the more His love transforms our lives and fills our lives.

Our journey with Jesus is about drawing near each day and being transformed by His presence.  As we read God’s word and we pray our hearts are literally transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.  This journey is simply about transformation, about being changed.

In Christ we are a new creation and we are no longer defined by our past.  Our past no longer remains and every day is brand new in Christ.  God’s grace does not give us a license to live in sin.  But if we do sin we know that the Lord is faithful and just to forgive our sins.  May we simply draw near and be transformed.

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