Not Only for Our Sins

God’s word for me today is in 1 John 2:1-2 which says:

“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”

Two verses, two places to find the Gospel! In the first verse John tells us that if anyone does sin (which, even though we are Christians, we do because of our flesh) we have an advocate, then John tells us that our advocate is Jesus Christ. John also adds that Jesus is “the Righteous One” which reassures us of our salvation; Jesus died for us and gave us His righteousness so we know that we are saved. So the first way that we see the Gospel is when John points out that we have an advocate with the Father; Jesus who died for us!

The second way we can see the Gospel is in verse 2 where John tells us that Jesus is the atoning sacrifice not only for our sins, but for the sins of the whole world! And we can see that Jesus was our atoning sacrifice when He died for us on the cross; that was when He atoning for the sins of the whole world! This verse goes along really well with John 3:16:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (NIV) John 3:16

John says that God loved the whole world that He gave His son to die for us, and in 1 John he says that Jesus atoned not only for our sins, but for the sins of the whole world! So it is pretty clear that Jesus died to save every person from their sins!

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland

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