In this series, we will dig deeper into what exactly Jesus dying on the cross and His shed blood means. It is SO much more than just a “ticket to Heaven.”
MY LITTLE children, I write you these things so that you may not violate God’s law and sin. But if anyone should sin, we have an Advocate (One Who will intercede for us) with the Father, Jesus Christ. – 1John 2:1
Let’s take a better look at the word advocate…
The original Greek word for advocate in this text is parakletos (par-ak’-lay-tos) and means; intercessor, consoler, encourage. It refers to aid of any kind. Jesus is our substitutionary, intercessory advocate.
Webster’s dictionary meaning for advocate is; to support or urge by argument, recommend publically, a person who speaks or writes in support of a cause or person, a person who pleads on behalf of another, intercessor.
Thesaurus; lawyer, counsel, solicitor.
Flip Side; oppose, combat, attack, assail, adversary, enemy, opponent, antagonistic, attacker, accuser.
Hmm…sounds like someone we all know and dread…
Our enemy, the devil, is referred to as the accuser (ref. Job1:6-11, Revelation 12:10, and many other places). He goes before the Father to accuse us. He notes every mistake we ever make. He even accuses us to US!
However, Jesus is our redeemer. He was our substitute. Our advocate. Not only did He become sin for us and die to free us from sin, He is also our defense attorney. He sits at the right hand of the Father speaking on our behalf.
He comes to our aid and defends us against our enemy. He reminds the Father of the price He paid for us and sends the devil and his accusing ways packing.
This is AWESOME news! If we can only grasp this!
Obviously, this does not in any way give us license to sin. However, it DOES give us the assurance that we are not only forgiven when we repent of our sin, we are also defended!
We no longer have to beat ourselves to death over our failings. We simply need to bring it before the Lord. Turn from the sin. Repent. Receive forgiveness. Then, we can sit back and let our Beloved go to bat for us!
WHOO HOO! I just LOVE it! No longer do we need to listen to the lies of the enemy who accuses us even to ourselves. No longer do we need to be bound with doubts. We are redeemed and we are in good Hands. We can be certain that God loves us and is PLEASED with us.
So, the next time that little worm starts reminding you of past sin or your weaknesses, hit him with a one two punch dose of the Might Life Giving Word.
Say; “NO WAY, devil! I am Blood bought, forgiven, and free of you and your accusations! Jesus is my advocate. Go talk to Him and get lost!”
Sounds insane? Well, maybe to the world it is…but, let me tell you this, we MUST speak out to our enemy. We must reject his accusations and kick him to the curb!
Jesus is our Advocate!
Daddy God, Thank You for sending Your Son to die for me and become my Redeemer and Advocate. Thank You, Jesus for speaking on my behalf and loving me just the way I am. I love You, Lord and I want to become ALL that You created me to be. Help me to learn how to speak out against the enemy and his lies. Help me to make a stand and send the enemy packing! I love You, Jesus, my advocate and intercessor! In Jesus MIGHTY Name, Amen!
I have some homework for you…
Start paying attention to what you are thinking. Do you spend a lot of time beating yourself up or putting yourself down? You need to cast those thoughts down. You need to begin to realize who you are in Christ and what you ARE to Him. I encourage you to study the Word and find out what GOD thinks of you and kick your own thoughts and enemy to the curb!
In His Love and Service,
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