August 10, 2023 · Bob Gass
“We have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” 1 John 2:1 NAS
On those days when you wonder how God could love you, read these words: “If anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” When your thoughts sink to gutter level and your actions are anything but Christlike, remind yourself: “He lives forever to intercede with God on [our] behalf” (Hebrews 7:25 NLT). It works like this: When God’s law declares you guilty, Jesus steps in and says, “Father, I have this person covered; they are trusting in my shed blood, and My righteousness has been transferred to them.” Try to picture this: in the Old Testament tabernacle, the blood of a lamb was poured on top of the mercy seat, and the ark of the covenant that contained the broken law – the record of our guilt – was placed underneath it. So the only way God could see the broken law was through the blood. And it’s the same today! If you’re wondering why God continues to love, accept, and bless you, it’s because Jesus is your lawyer! Notice: (1) He is fully qualified to represent you. “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). (2) He has never lost a case. “He is…able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him” (Hebrews 7:25 NKJV). (3) He offers His services freely. “Without money and without price” (Isaiah 55:1). The Bible says, “Let us…approach God’s throne of grace with confidence…that we may receive mercy and…grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16 NIV). Jesus is your lawyer, so you can come to God with confidence today.
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