2012-03-11 - The Answer to Sin
The Epistles of John ~ Part 21 ~ 1 John 2
Verses 1-2: The Answer to Sin
John makes this clear, because he says he is writing to his little children. These are believers who were saved through his ministry. John encourages them not to sin. One major difference between the believer and unbeliever is that the believer can choose not to sin. Certainly a non-believer can choose in specific situations not to sin, but his life is typified by sin. The Christian can choose not to sin, and lives a life typified by righteousness, but ...
John, after having said don't sin, goes on to instruct us in what to do when we do sin. We are blessed because we have an intercessor with God. Christ, Who is without sin, is the sacrifice for our sin. Consequently, when we sin, He speaks as an advocate for us to the Father. He points to our covering of righteousness, His shed blood.
This cleansing from sin is seen as a continuous process. Christ's blood maintains our fellowship with the Father, by our keeping short accounts. We must recognize and deal with our sin. As believers, we are to walk in light. Walking in light we have fellowship with the Father. When we sin, which we must recognize, we are in darkness. But because of the shed blood of Christ, when we confess our sin, we have an intercessor with the Father, and therefore fellowship remains both with God and one another.
Then, John notes that Christ shed His blood for believers and unbelievers. But we know from what we have already seen, that the efficacy only comes with the recognition of sinfulness and the acceptance of the sacrifice.
" 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" (John 3:16).
All will not be saved.
To be continued.