Two Truths Christians Hold
“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does 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. And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.” – 1 John 2:1-3
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These two statements can be true at the same time.
- A life of sinless performance is not what Christians should put their hope in.
- Sin is deadly and damaging, eroding our confidence in God.
The message John brings may be the most harsh and hope-filled truths combined in a paragraph. He begins the command to treat sin as a deadly enemy that should be fought with sweat and toil and blood till death.
“…I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin.” – 1 John 2:1a
These words are a gut-punch to the one who has fallen in sin. However, in the same breath, John extends the hand of Christ raising up the Saint with the hope-filled reminder that Jesus is our Advocate before a holy God.
“But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” – 1 John 2:1b
These two truths are held up without apology to kill middle-ground Christianity (Nominal Christianity).
- Hope in Christ, Not Your Sinlessness
Our hope is not in not sinning. -Pastor Mike
Sinners are only made righteous when God sees the work of Christ standing over their lives. God does not look to our works as a basis for extending grace and mercy to us. Praise God! We have two advocates standing for us. The Spirit inside us (John 15:26-27), and the Savior before God. Christ steps in on our behalf and proclaims, “This one is Mine, paid for with My blood.”
My hope is built on nothing less
My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. -Edward Mote
A Sad Hymn
My hope is built on shifting sands, based on my fight toward sinlessness. -Not Christianity
Which song are you singing?
- Flee Fear-Building Sin
Sin chips away at assurance. -Pastor Mike
Remember these two statements can both be true at the same time. Yes, Christ is the only foundation to stand on before God (Acts 4:12). And, yes, sin is deadly and damaging, chipping away your assurance that you know Christ.
Anyone who claims Christ, yet holds a cavalier attitude toward sin, will only end up fear-filled rule followers forgetting the blood of Christ or sin-blind and immersed in a middle-ground, nominal, shell of so-called Christianity.
Are you living in this sin today? Come to Jesus!
Only Christ II
Christ more than anything,
Over trust in sinless living.
Christ! Only Christ.
Our Advocate, He stands for us,
Faith-eroding sin, we flee in trust.