GRACE WHEREIN WE STAND: The High Priest of Grace 6

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: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

1John 2:1-2

John does not mean to tell us that if we sin, we have Jesus to beg God for us. That is why in verse 2 John reminds us that He is the propitiation for our sins. The idea that many people have that Jesus makes propitiation every time we err is not scriptural. Atonement is not done by words alone. It must be with blood (Heb 9:7). “…without shedding of blood is no remission” (Heb 9:22) So the scriptures says in  Heb 9:26-28 (T4T)

“If that were so, he would have needed to suffer and shed his blood repeatedly since the time when God created the world. But instead, in this final age, Christ has appeared once in order that by sacrificing himself he could cause that people no longer will be punished for their sins. …when Christ died, God offered him once to be a sacrifice, to punish him instead of the many people who had sinned….”

Christ has finished His first advocacy on the cross once and for all. God has pronounced us discharged and acquitted. God, Himself now says no one can bring a charge against us before Him. Jesus is now performing the second advocacy duties (sanctification of our consciences), not atonement. 

What John wants us to know is that even if we sin, (which has the effect of defiling our consciences) we have an advocate. Notice that the scripture didn’t say the advocate is BEFORE God. Rather it says the advocate is WITH God. So the advocate is not speaking to God for us, but He’s on the side of Good speaking for God. He was employed by God as His advocate to reconcile you to himself. Remember 2Cor 5:19. 

In essence, John wants you to know that “you’re come to the blood of sprinkling that speaketh” (Heb 12:24). It speaks not just discharge but acquittal. The idea is to ensure that you do not run away and hide from God like Adam did when God came visiting, but to encourage you to come boldly before Him. So the scriptures say “And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water” (Heb 10:21-22)

While the High Priest is doing this job in the Spirit realm, He has employed us His ministers to bring it to your consciousness through His word. “Therefore, we are the Messiah’s representatives, as though God were pleading through us. We plead on the Messiah’s behalf: “Be reconciled to God!” (2Cor 5:20). While you’ve been lied to that God is angry with you and you need to beg him, the truth is that all the while, it is even God that has been begging you to be reconciled to Him. See that ye refuse not him that speaketh…from heaven… (Heb 12:25).

LET US PRAY

Father thank you for your love and for employing Jesus to sanctify and reconcile me back to you

I declare that I am reconciled to God. My sins are forgiven. My conscience is purified. I come boldly before God without fear and I receive grace to stand till the end

Father help your children to receive the voice of Him that speaks from heaven so that we can have a glorious and unbroken fellowship with you in Jesus Name

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