Let’s Study 1 John 2
“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.” 1 John 2:1-2 KJV
- We have an advocate with the Father
Jesus Christ the righteous is the propitiation for our sins.
Propitiation – is an act of appeasing God.
As far as God is concerned He has made up his mind already, i.e. that we should be punished for our sins. His ruling for each and everyone of us, is that “…we’re all under sin…there is none righteous, no, not one.” Rom 3:10-11, and therefore we should perish and the penalty is eternal damnation or eternal punishment in hell.
As far as he’s concerned he has declared us guilty; “…all gone out of the way…unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” Romans 3:12
He looks and sees in everyone of us condemned convicts, hypocrites, and in his sight all of us are dishonest people and sinners. “Well, then, are we Jews better than others? No, not at all, for we have already shown that all men alike are sinners, whether Jews or Gentiles.” Romans 3:9
No one is good-no one in all the world is innocent. “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Romans 3:18
Now if we’re to be saved it’s not going to be on our terms. Nothing we can do can ever change his mind. The terms and conditions are his – Jesus! There is no much choice; but he provided in his son the only way we can be saved.
We can only be “…justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say , at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” Romans 3:24-26
That’s the only way my friend, there is no other. That’s the reason why “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me ” (John 14:6). “He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” 1 John 2:2
It is important that you believe that Jesus is that Christ, the Son of God. For if you believe and testify to this truth of all that he did for us at the cross you will be saved. You’ve no choice but “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:10
God Himself has provided the only means through which His wrath can be appeased and that sinful man can be reconciled to Him. “For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” Revelation 7:17
1 John 2:1 says, “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.”
- he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
An advocate and propitiation only if we keep his commandments. “But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” 1 John 2:5-6
“I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.” 1 John 2:12
- Forgiven, because you know him who has forgiven your sins. “Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.” 1 John 2:23
“I write this to you with reference to those who would try to deceive, seduce, blindfold, and lead you astray” (ref.1 John 2:26).