My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
One of the most misunderstood scriptures is our text for today. Many Christians think that Jesus the High Priest who is always beside the father apologising for us each time we sin. They see the Father as one austere, always frowning no-nonsense being up there in the sky who’s waiting for the slightest excuse to strike us. While Jesus is seen as the kind-hearted, tolerant and loving gentleman who always has to cry blood on our behalf, show the father his wounds and dip us in His blood just to placate the Father. This is further reinforced by a wrong interpretation of scriptures like Heb 7:25 and Rom 8:34 which tell us that Jesus ever lives to make intercession for us.
Firstly, God is not such a psycho with terrible mood swings. God is a loving Father. He it is, that loved us while we were yet sinners (Rom 8:5). The world that He loves includes all manners of sinners ranging from the petty liar to the rapist and murderer. He loves us all with an everlasting love (Jer 31:3). The salvation plan was His idea (Isaiah 59:16, John 3:16). It was His love that made Him to give us His Son to redeem us from sin and to give us His eternal life. He is the one that “justifies the ungodly” (Rom 4:5). But to declare His righteousness in Justifying the ungodly, He made His righteous Son to die for them so that by faith in His blood, they’d be legally absolved of all sins (Rom 3:23-26).
Furthermore, Jesus has settled the issue of sin once and for all. “We are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all…. After [Jesus] had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, [he] sat down on the right hand of God… For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.“(Heb 10:10, 12 & 14). Therefore, God “has forgiven us ALL trespasses” (Col 2:13). Someone may ask, why then did Jesus say if we do not forgive, the Father wouldn’t for give us (Matt. 6:15)? Well, that was in the old testament before Jesus dealt with the problem of sin. Now, we’ve been forgiven. We no longer forgive people so that God would forgive us. Rather, we now “[forgive] one another, even as God for Christ’s sake HATH forgiven [us]” (Eph 4:32).
Beloved, your sins are forgiven. No one can accuse you before Him (Rom8:34). Hallelujah! If you’ve erred, just repent (decide never to go that way again and make a 180° turn) then receive forgiveness by faith. It’s already available. You don’t even have to ask or beg for it. So dear Christian, Jesus is not begging God to forgive you because He doesn’t need to do so. Yet He ever liveth to intercede for us. Join us tomorrow to know what is the subject of His intercession.
LET US PRAY
Father thank you for your everlasting love by which you redeemed us from sin
I have received forgiveness for my sins. I am justified, I am washed and I am sanctified in Jesus Name
Father open our eyes that we may understand the perfect salvation you’ve given us and also the priestly duties of Christ in Jesus Name