1 John 2:1-2 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.
In these two verses, John gives us a simple “three point” message: Jesus Christ an advocate, the righteous, and the propitiation.
First, “an advocate with the Father,…” An advocate for whom? He is an advocate for the child of God who sins. At all times and in any circumstance “we have” an advocate. Oh, blessed thought. Note the verse says we have an advocate “with the Father”. Jesus Christ can go to the Father on our behalf because He is God’s “only begotten Son.”
Second, “…Jesus Christ the righteous…” The righteous for whom? He is righteous for us because we have no righteousness; “For all have sinned….”. Jesus Christ can go to the Father on our behalf because He is without spot, blemish; He is without sin.
Third, “…he is the propitiation: …” The propitiation for whom? For all sinners. For all men. Jesus Christ did not offer the blood of bulls and goats, nor money or property for our atonement, but Jesus offered up His own pure divine blood. Jesus Christ can go to the Father on our behalf because of His blood atonement.
Jesus Christ: an advocate, the righteous, the propitiation!
Let us praise and thank Jesus for being our advocate, righteousness, and propitiation.