Jesus Bears Our Sins
Brother Pablo Molina
1 John 2:1-10 (ESV)
1 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 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for outs only but also for the sins of the whole world.
3 and by this we know that we have some to know him, if we keep his commandments.
4 Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,
5 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected, by this we may know that we are in him:
6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which Jesus walked.
7 Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard.
8 At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.
9 Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.
10 Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling.
1 John 2:1–2 teaches us about Jesus and His saving work. Jesus is our Advocate, our Righteous One, and our Propitiation.
John begins chapter 2 by pointing out an important truth: as Christians, we’re not supposed to sin. This is a summary of everything he has already said in 1:5–10. God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all (1:5). If we as Christians say we have fellowship with God because we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior, but we keep on walking in darkness, in sin, we make ourselves out to be liars (1:6) The only way to keep walking in the light and fellowshipping with God is to confess our sins to Him, knowing that when we do He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1:9).
1.Jesus is our Advocate (2:1).
Jesus prays on our behalf because we have two things that repeatedly speak against us and against our salvation: our own sin and the accuser of the brethren who constantly brings up our sin before God (Rev. 12:10).
2.Jesus is our Righteous One (2:1).
Jesus can stand in our place before the Father as our Advocate because He is the Righteous One, the one who lived a perfect life without sin. When we are united to Christ through faith, Hiram Duarteis righteousness becomes our righteousness, because we are declared righteous in Him (Rom. 3:21–24).
3.Jesus is our Propitiation (2:2).
Jesus died on the cross in our place. He took the punishment that we deserve as sinful human beings and bore it as our substitute.