For the basic post on propitiation, click here.
So now we have the perfect righteousness of Jesus credited to our account It is because of Jesus’ death on the cross for us when He appeased the righteous wrath of GOD for our sin (propitiation). If we are in Christ, we now have Christ’s righteousness credited to our account rather than the sin and failure that we committed. That was what Jesus took on Himself…for us. An exchange took place. It was a rather unfair one, but it was most definitely in our favor!
So now, what happens when we sin? What do we do now? That sin was all paid for on the cross. It was all future sin when Jesus died. But now, we have Jesus Christ who also functions as our Advocate. He intercedes for us when we sin! We can go to Him for forgiveness and repent of our sin.
Included in the idea of repentance is both being sorry for what we have done and making a change of direction.So now, what happens when we sin? That sin was all paid for on the cross when Jesus died. But now, we have Jesus Christ who also functions as our Advocate. He intercedes for us when we sin! Click To Tweet
Realizing we also have Jesus as our Advocate between us and the Father, is also encouraging. When we sin, Jesus is our go-between. We, the undeserving, naturally sinful, righteous-borrowing, adopted children of GOD in Christ. Yes, John writes to us that we won’t sin, but he knows we will. And when we do, we have Jesus as our Advocate. What great news!
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.
I John 2:1-2 ESV
Call to Action: As someone who is now righteous in GOD’s eyes, what does it mean to you to now have Jesus as your Advocate before the Father when you sin? Sit down and think about it. Write down what this means to you. How does it affect your view of Jesus? Your view of yourself?