Message in 1 John (9)

No condemnation

“My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” 1 John 2:1, NKJV. John did not say that yielded believers never sin. Our sinful nature is still present with us; however, a yielded believer does not sin habitually, or deliberately. A yielded believer has, by trusting Jesus, renounced his sinful nature and accepted the perfect nature of Jesus Christ. A yielded believer is always aware that two natures conflict in his mind, as noted in the previous blog. The noun “Advocate,” in the New King James Version, is someone who speaks to the Judge in behalf of the accused. The NIV translates it so. However, John employed the Greek noun “parakleton” whose first meaning is “Helper.” John here repeated what Jesus said while still in the world. Jesus also said, in John 14:16, that He will ask the Father to send us another “parakleton,” Helper, to be with us forever. Jesus promised that He will not leave us orphans, but will come to us. Jesus also stated that the Spirit whom the Father will send, the another Helper, “will not speak on His own but only what he hears.” John 16:13. The “another  Helper,” the Spirit, is the continuation of Jesus Christ with us. In His body, He is at the right hand of God the Father, but in the Spirit, another Helper, He is with us always.

Many a Christians, as reflected in various translations of the Bible, view God the Father as a Judge who is not on our side; therefore, we need Jesus to speak to Him in our defense. This is a tragic portrayal of God the Father who loves us with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3. The concept of Father being our Judge is contrary to what Jesus told us while still on earth. “Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son.” John 5:22, NIV. Also, Jesus said, “In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.” John 16:26, 27, NIV. (emphasis supplied) How could God who “so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”; be against us that we need a defender? John 3:16. Jesus stated, in John 3:18, that those who believe in Him are not judged. No one who has died to his self so that Christ can live in him could ever be judged. Jesus Christ is the Judge and He, being in us, is not subject to judgment. Through Jesus’s body on the cross, God expiated, or removed our sin from us completely, without a trace. God did this in His Son because He loved us selflessly, and has restored us to Him as His children. God is not against His children. What is the role of the Helper?

Our sin in the garden of Eden made us unable to, on our own, approach the Throne of the Holy God and stand in His presence. However, God who loves us has, through Jesus Christ on the cross at Golgotha, removed the barrier, and now we can “enter the Most Holy without fear” and stand in the presence of the Holy God in Jesus Christ, and in Him only, Hebrews 4:16. Because we still have the sinful nature, we are unable to, on our own, stand in the presence of the Holy God, so we need a “parakleton” a Helper, who holds us up so we can stand without fear. Jesus Christ is our Righteousness from God. We do not have the righteousness in our selves. In Jesus Christ, and only in Him, we stand before the Holy God as we have never sinned. We stand in the presence of our God to honor Him, not to be judged by Him, because He is not our Judge. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus, the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1, NIV.

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Dan Lazich

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