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. I John 2:1-2
John, in a fatherly manner, explains that he has written about fellowship, light and confession so that we will not sin. God has never intended for His grace to become a license to sin, but it instead gives us liberty from having to sin. We should never take sin lightly, because God doesn’t take it lightly. One need only look at what Jesus endured on Calvary to see God’s hatred for sin.
God knows, however, that we are still dealing with the ongoing tension between flesh and spirit. Daily we face the struggle and must constantly make the choice to walk in the Spirit (light) rather than the flesh (darkness). In those times when we fail to make the right choice, God has made provision for us to be forgiven if we are willing to confess our sins.
Jesus Christ is our advocate. These two verses are an explanation of verse 9 of the previous chapter, If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
As an advocate, Christ has two functions. In the first, He speaks to God on our behalf. In response to our confession, He stands before the Father, presenting Himself as the covering (propitiation) for us. As the Father looks at us, He does not see the offense, but the righteousness of Jesus instead. When Christ was on the cross, He literally interposed Himself between us and the judgment of God. Now, when a believer confesses a sin before God, Christ presents His perfect sacrifice as payment for that sin and forgiveness is extended. This has nothing to do with our merit, but it is because the blood of a righteous advocate satisfies the justice of a righteous judge.
His second function is to speak to us on behalf of the Father. As mercy is extemded from the throne of God, Christ, by His Spirit, speaks peace to our soul, assuring us that all is forgiven and our fellowship with God is restored.
Don’t let unconfessed sin hinder your fellowship with God. Confess that sin and by faith receive the forgiveness that God has promised. Keep short accounts with God and enjoy the sweet communion that God desires to have with you.