1 John 1:8-2:2/ The Advocate (Sermon notes and Audio)

Posted on January 20, 2014

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This is third in a series of verse-by-verse expositions of the book of 1 John. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the evening of January 19, 2014. This message deals with the necessity of confession of sins, and the the work of Jesus Christ as our heavenly advocate. This post contains an audio recording of my message, along with my sermon notes. Please note that the sermon notes are not a full transcript.

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SERMON NOTES:

1 John 1:8-2:2

v.1:8:
We need to remember that this letter was written to believers.

The Bible is clear, all have sinned, even those who are saved.

Just because we are believers, doesn’t mean that we can claim perfection.

Romans 3:23

God’s word says it, and no one is excluded.

To say otherwise is be a liar.

Proverbs 30:5-6

Romans 3:4

v.1:9:
What seems like bad news is followed by good news.

We have a heavenly advocate in Jesus Christ, who is waiting to forgive.

All it takes is to ask. God’s children should always be ready to admit their failures, and ask forgiveness.

One may ask: If God has forgiven us for our sins because of Christ’s death, why must we confess our sins?

In admitting our sins and receiving Christ’s cleansing, we are:

  1. agreeing with God that our sin truly is sin and that we are willing to turn from it,
  2. we are ensuring that we don’t conceal our sins from him and consequently from ourselves,
  3. we are recognizing our tendency to sin and relying on his power to overcome it.

Sin breaks the believer’s fellowship with God, and confession to God is imperative, if that relationship is to be restored.

One who would never ask for forgiveness is completely insensitive to how he grieves God.

v.1:10:
First, John says that if we deny our sin, that we are liars.

Now John takes it a step farther. He says that we cannot deny our sin, without calling God a liar.

That is exactly what you are doing, if you don’t acknowledge your sin.

God has said that you are a sinner, and that settles it. When God speaks, the debate is over!

v.2:1:
John continues by urging us to live a righteous life. That is the stated purpose of the above passage.

He continues with a word of encouragement, as he reminds us that we have an advocate in Jesus Christ.

There is no better advocate you could have. Jesus never loses a case.

A pardon is granted to all whom Jesus represents!

v.2:2:
Everyone has to opportunity to have Jesus as their advocate.

The blood of Christ was shed for the entire world.

This does not mean that everyone is automatically saved.

Many people will reject the gift the God has given, and they will never place their faith in Christ. However, everyone has the opportunity to be saved.

The Bible makes it clear that the sacrifice of Christ was for the entire world.

John 3:16

Romans 10:13

One needs only to place their faith in the resurrected Christ, He has already done all of the work.

The Bible makes it clear that salvation is available to all, and that accepting or rejecting it is an act of free will.

Romans 10:12

John 6:40

John 12:32

All are called, only some will answer.

Christ died so that all may have the opportunity, and that nobody would ever be able to make the accusation that God is not just.

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