"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
This advocate is also the judge. He is a righteous advocate and a righteous judge. Jesus Christ died for the whole world. Those who have not responded to the love of the cross by accepting him as Lord will face the wrath of God. Those believers, who prefer him to be an attorney, will stand before the judge.
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Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be upon you.
Our study starts with 1 John 1. Vs 1 and 2 explain that Jesus Christ and eternal life were manifested to the disciples. John refers the disciples as 'we.' He is writing this letter to a group of believers and refers them as 'you.' In Vs 3-4 John says, which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things we write unto you, that your joy may be full. That is, the 'we' group the disciples have fellowship with the Father and the Son. They invite people from the 'you' group, the believers to join them in fellowship and to have joy. 5-6 This is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: John declares that God is light and he has no darkness at all. John affirms that we the disciples have fellowship with God and do not walk in darkness. That is, they do not commit sin. He affirms that those who commit sin have no fellowship with God at all. So the disciples invite the believers to the fellowship of God where they do not sin. In vs 7, he says if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. Again, John tells them to walk in the light, that is not to commit sin, so that they may have spiritual fellowship with each other and to receive forgiveness of past sins. Here God says that unless we walk in the light as God is in the light, that is, unless we stop sinning, our past sins will not be forgiven. 8-9 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. The purpose of the letter is to convert the new believers from sin to the light, that is not to sin, where they can have fellowship with each other and with God. John tells the believers, not to just say that they have no sin but to tell the truth. John tells the believers that if they confess the truth about their sins to God then, God will do 2 things. 1, God will cleanse all their unrighteousness, which are addictions to sin. If God cleanses them, the sinners will have no more urge to sin. Then # 2, God will forgive their past sins, which they have committed. But Satan pulls vs 8 out of its context and uses it as a torpedo to drown the ship of believers. However, Satan cannot deceive them, if they love the truth. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. That is, God wants us not to forget that we were sinning in the past, even though we do not sin now.
2:1 My little children, these things I write unto you, that ye sin not. God says that the very purpose of writing his word to his people is, he wants them not to commit sin. Vs1. if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: The phrase if any man sin means, say in a group of 100 believers, 1 or 2 may sin, 1 or 2 is if any man. But false teachers say if any man sin means we all sin. Further, they encourage sin saying that we have an advocate for sin without realizing that Jesus Christ is the righteous advocate and also is the righteous judge. He is not an unrighteous attorney to favor the criminals. Vs 2 says he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. If you have eyes to see, you will see this. If you are in the body of Christ and if you wish to use him as an advocate rather than as your Lord, then God will remove you from his body, and place you in the world. Then, you will stand with the whole world before God for judgment. He is the propitiation for the sins of the whole world. He died on the cross for the whole world. He will judge you as he judges the whole world. Those who did not respond to the love he showed on his cross by receiving him as Lord will face his wrath. Ignorant Christians think that it is a privilege to have him as an attorney rather than to receive him as their Lord.
What is your desire? Do you want him as your attorney? Then, stay with the Christian world. But if you desire him to be your Lord, then walk in the light as he is in the light. Then, you will have fellowship with spiritual disciples. God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ will also have fellowship with you. It will be great.
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