1 John 2:1-2

“My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.”

‭‭I John‬ ‭2:1-2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

John has written this letters to believers to keep them from sin. When we study God’s word and meditate on God’s word our lives are transformed. The desire to sin lessens and we become appalled by the world and its desires.

But if we do sin we have Jesus as our substitute. We can go boldly to the throne of grace with confidence. The righteousness applied to our lives does not change because of sin. Our declared righteousness before God is not based on performance. It is based on faith in Jesus Christ.

In Christ we have freedom and that freedom is based on His death and resurrection. The victory has already be won. When we come to understand what the finished work of Christ means we truly see how powerless this world and the enemy is. We understand the authority we have and especially the authority we have in prayer. We are called to impact this world for God’s kingdom and advance His kingdom upon the earth.

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4 thoughts on “1 John 2:1-2

  1. What did you mean by, “If we do sin we have Jesus as our substitute”? Surely we can’t escape punishment for our sins if we believe in Jesus? Shouldn’t we be mindful of our actions knowing that every person will be judged by God based on their personal deeds?

    1. In Christ our sins we dealt with at the cross and no longer remain. In Christ I am declared righteous by placing my faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Jesus took the punishment that we deserved. This is why He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Anyone who has placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ have their sins forgiven.

      1. So we can do whatever we want, commit sins without any repercussions? Why then even bother about the idea of right and wrong?
        Btw, I hope the questions don’t offend you. I’m a curious person hence the discussion.

      2. In Christ we are called to be led by the Holy Spirit and walk according to the leading of the Holy Spirit. As we seek the Lord each day in prayer and the study of His word our hearts and minds are transformed into the character and nature of Jesus. We are not able to do whatever we want because our lives are surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. But our sin no longer remains because it was nailed to the cross because He who knew no sin became sin for us.

        The Holy Spirit will lead and guide us into all truth. When we are involved in things we shouldn’t be the Holy Spirit will convict our hearts. In Christ our lives no longer belong to us. They belong to Jesus.

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