“My little children, these things write I unto you that ye sin not. And if any sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous. And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” – 1 John 2:1-2
LIGHT FOR NOW: Let your focus be on Jesus and your realities will dawn on you.
Having understood that the believer is the one who has received forgiveness of sins eternally, it is important to examine the believer and sin in order to come to a full place of understanding who we are in Christ and how it influences what we do. The question is do believers sin? John says, ‘my little children’. Now, who was he referring to as my little children? It is important to note that anytime John spoke to believers in his epistles, he was specific.
For instance in 1 John 2:12, he wrote to little children which was in reference to believers; in verse 13 of the same chapter, he made use of the word fathers and young men however still talking to the believers. Whenever he used the term, ‘little children’ in 1 john 2:1, he was in no doubt talking to believers. Observe John’s next statement ‘if any man sin’ which is in reference to the believers he addressed as little children; ‘we have an advocate’. John the writer identifies with the audience (the believers) by using the word we. So, ‘if any man sin, we have an advocate’ includes the writer. We can deduce that believers do sin; John says we have an advocate with the father who is the propitiation for our sins. The word propitiation here means the offering or the sacrifice.
John in writing about what happens if the believer sins show us we have an advocate who is the offering for our sin. He lets us know that sin cannot affect God’s relationship or fellowship with the believer.
Individual misconduct as believers does not change the fact that they are saved and have forgiveness of sins as an inheritance in Christ; meaning that salvation is secured to the point that no individual misdeeds can make such individual lose his salvation, his fellowship or relationship with the father. The union we have with the father is so strong that it is called an inseparable union. No wonder our salvation is eternal.
The writer of Hebrews makes it clear that we have eternal redemption in Hebrews 9:12 which read “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the Holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us”. So, the redemption he obtained for us is eternal and nothing can be done to change that fact. You are saved to the uttermost. Hallelujah!!
INSTRUCTION: Acknowledge that your union with the Father is inseparable.
PRAYER: Father, thank you for the inseparable union I have in you. In you I live, and move and have my being. Amen.
QUOTE: Your union with God is eternal just as your salvation is eternal.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1 Corinthians chapter 8; EVENING: 2 Corinthians Chapter 5