“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.