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13: Victory Over Sin, Shame, and Guilt

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April 4, 2022 10:00 pm

13: Victory Over Sin, Shame, and Guilt

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All right hey turn your Bibles the first John chapter 1 we jump into a new series this morning, subseries in the year of victory in today for the month of April, leading from today the Palm Sunday of Easter Sunday to the final Sunday in April we going to be preaching messages around. How do we have victory over sin, shame, guilt, and death. And I think that these messages that were to be preaching over this month are to speak so relevant to all of us of things that were dealing with their own life. These are going on in our life. These are happening around us the guilds and the way that we carry around a single part of the good news message part of victory and the good news that you and I absolutely have victory because Jesus is victorious and just two weeks were to celebrate Easter and that tomb is empty and the reason why that tomb is empty is because Jesus gave his all for us, so you and I don't have to live life with shame and guilt with sin in our life and this message. By the way, this whole series is not meant in any way to be a condemning message about sin are about same or about guilt.

In other words, you should leave your feeling more guilty or more stable or feeling more sinful is to be the opposite of my prayer for you and for me is that we will leave her this morning.

Set free of really victorious. I believe this animus and speak is over so that I know this is true. There are so many that walked in here this morning that you are carrying with you years of guilt and years of shame.

Their summary that walked in here this morning that you ask God to forgive you. 10 years ago and the enemy still to this day, maybe even this morning reminded you of the mistakes you made in the past and you feel that guilt and you feel that shame and you feel that way, and my hope and prayer for you is that you will feel free to maybe for the first time in a long time consuming same and so that allergy prayer with me on that. I want to pray for the people around you.

I want to be praying for those that are come the next service in all this month that they would truly understand what it means to be free in Christ what it means to not live with guilt and not live with shame and and not live with that wait upon us. Billy Graham said it this way, you said only the Lord Jesus can redeem the soul that is steeped in guilt and shame. This baggage weighs us down until we accept Jesus's gift. The gift that liberates souls from sin's power that such a great picture of shame and sin and guilt is bags that weigh us down when I thought about that about human dates go to the grocery store anytime.

Stacy comes back in the grocery store, if you take it on as a personal challenge to carry all the bags and at once on come on by. Got only two trips to carry all the bags only carried out the 24 pack of water, try to get that into a door about gay big one. 15 different bags. It is a challenge. It's Italian. It was the night I can walk the extra 40 feet back and forth couple ties with is a challenge, but I got that image in my mind that that a lot of your walking around like that all the time all the time was like I can take it from my trunk to the kitchen and set it down and Michael all right I'm done, I'm done. So you carrying that stuff around for a lifetime. And it is weighing you down.

It's affecting your relationships. It's affecting your own self identity is affecting your self-worth. It's affecting how you look towards other people and and if were not careful. It affects how we think God views us that we think that God views us like we are sinful and shameful in that we are guilty see there is a sin issue that is plates humanity is plagued us since the creation, sin was introduced right after creation between God and between mankind.

This is how sin enters the world sin and shame covered us, it completely cover us from Adam and Eve in the garden until Jesus comes in Jesus exchanges his life for our life for his blood for our blood, his righteousness, instead of our own righteousness will talk about this morning, but until that happened we are carrying that around and some you are still carrying that around.

So we often feel the weight of that. The only we feel the shame we feel the guilt we feel the results of sin around to the results of sin of the fall of humanity results in many ways a resultant death, which we just talked about today.

We talked about that today we talked about Daniel's grandmother passing away.

No effect to them in and it and it weighs on us. We see it with Dana King yesterday. The principal first principle ever talk to 17 years ago they got me in the Millbrook high school to minister to students or student pastor live in her life been ready to retire and passed away suddenly we see this from the results of sin. This is the result of fallen humanity's results of of just fallen people that sin and death followed sin into this world. Not only that, but we see lies impurities. He fear were still all eyes are still on Ukraine and all eyes are still on Russia and all the surrounding areas and we look at that week scratch our heads we say why was because we are fallen and broke and all this has a start to spend a lot of time dealing with behavioral change and not enough time dealing with her change. We spent often trying to course correct behaviors. We spent a lot of effort and energy tell people what they should and should not do, but how often do we spend time talking about true heart change a life that is been changed completely to the greatest things about coming to know Jesus in the power of his love in the gospel message is that we are not the same as we used to be that we are new home. If you are new right your new year not the same person you were. And this is the newness that comes over as this is what it means to be made right in who Christ as we are made new. Marianne Williamson says this way and I love the statement.

This is a changed heart a change of heart. Lisa change in behavior and a change in behavior leads to changing the world, and I like that that rhythm because heart change means that I am now going to behave differently, and when I behave differently. That is what we make the biggest impact in the world around us. To show people that there is a different way for you and I to live our life. There's a better way for you not to live super excited about messages like this and a church like crossers and people like you is that I'm speaking to people who had a heart change and because your heart is been change your behaviors have also been changed. And then that should lead to us transforming the triangle and the world. Amen. Somebody that that's where that needs to go and is the transformer neighborhoods and our own families, and the only that we look at life around to see there needs to be an inward heart change of repentance inward change of salvation, of righteousness, of sanctification, and without true heart change. We don't have true heart change. There will be sin and there will be shame and there will be guilt that continues to weigh on humanity. It only comes and gets set free by a heart change because of what Jesus can do in our life. I thought this is fascinating little article Ed Welch of Prof. and is an author of an article called shame interrupted Anna Regis up a few sentences because I love how you phrases, guilt and shame and sin and watches to amount to read and just let it sit for a moment. Okay he says this is is guilt's message is I did something bad and needs justification and forgiveness shames message is I am bad and needs and identity shifts and relational connection. Sin leaves both in its wake. And shame is what lingers even after forgiveness is been sought and granted. Think about that for a moment what guilt says is I've done something wrong. I feel guilty but shame. Shame is, welded on this.

It weighs on us because what shame does is makes us feel like we are bad that I am bad and is that not exactly what the enemy of Universal would love for you to believe.

Even after you been forgiven even after God holds no shame and no guilt over you. It is so easy for the enemy to speak and say no no no you are shameful. That is who you are the same and I heard about 1720 years ago, the author of this to me is little unknown. I researched it it gave. I think everybody has taken credit for this quote I am not going to take credit for this quote, and I'm sure you've heard this before but it's so true.

Sin will take you farther than you want to go.

It will keep you longer than you want to stay and will cost you more than you want to pay. Have you ever heard that before true statement.

Sin will always take you much farther than you ever thought you were going to go. It will keep your whole lot longer than you really want to stay in at the end of it. It will cost you more than you ever want to pay.

This is what sin does to part of the issue that were dealing with this whose definition of sin. Are you living by who define sin for us as a pastor. I'm sure that Daniel and Mark and John William and others in this room that work with people ministry often one of the biggest struggles that I'm consciously fighting with and talking to somebody about their life in the past. Questions is we don't have the same definition of sin agreed on the same starting point of sin that that people will take the world and what culture views us in the set of what Scripture views as sin. In first John three for its define sin for us, it defines it elsewhere but in first John three Ford says everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness listen sin is lawlessness. Sin is going against God's law sin is going against the word of God enemy just let me just be very very clear with you very honest with this Bible.

I hold in my hand. This is the word of God you believe that this word of God is true for view health. We are failing miserably.

Apparently, how we will use were to strip That's called guilt.

You get guilty you in the sand that see how that works. Listen, here's here's a simple thing if I believe this word is true that I fall with this word says I don't define sin. God's already define sin.

I don't have to define what sin is God's already define what sin is. The problem is that with the enemy did in the garden is the same thing he does now or when the enemy once he even said to God really say that that is what's happening to this day. Right now what's happening is the enemy of our soul on the enemy of God is whispering in the culture will to God really say that.

Is that really what the Bible says that really what the Bible says about this and about that. We have to understand that there's already a definition of sin and how we should live like that's already were not there.

You and I don't have to re-create such talk about sin for a few minutes and listen this morning were one-of-a-kind ups, diving, and I want to build a case this morning around sin and shame and guilt in order to go to first John chapter 1 and two and talk about the encouragement and the hope that we have it who Jesus is. Most of the tickets.

If you miss to get there. I highly recommend that you write some of us down that you got this down to dive into the beginnings of sin.

I think it's important for us to understand where did sin come from when when God created creation and humanity where where did sin come did God create sin. How did this happen, and in God's perfection. How did sin into the world in Genesis chapter 1 of the story of all of us of all creation begins at the end of creation God stop for a moment in Genesis 131 he says. And God saw everything he made a behold it was very good. When God created everything, including us, he pause for a moment he rested and looked at it all is that this is very good. Adam and Eve were created they were blameless.

They were sinless there in the garden. However however there's a serpent and the serpent.

As far as we can tell is is already in the garden. He's already there and he already has evil and he already has hatred towards God's word. The serpent come from wisest serpent even in the in the picture of the thing. Any with them bring sin and death.

Romans chapter 5 verse 12 and 13 as is, therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, Adam, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men and all us that it spread to everybody.

It is an infectious disease of sin that started in the garden in Genesis chapter 3 and is will open its way all the way through humanity that leads that the events of today for sin was in verse 13 for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given was already there in the world. So who is the serpent, who is this one. Who is the devil who is Lucifer who is Satan and why is he even here in the beginning to read this book for reference.

If you want to do a little studying Ezekiel chapter 28 and Isaiah 14 are speaking about human kings like the king of Babylon. However, it's also paralleling a reference of who Lucifer and Satan is Lucifer the morning Star who fell after he could rise higher than God how he thought he could rise higher than God is known as the morning starts and he falls in Ezekiel and Isaiah. There referencing human kings that, but they're also mentioning the MorningStar and it's up, parallel to the rise in the fall of Lucifer and so I often thought about this 100 Lucifer even fall is an angel's age. How does that even come to be and apparently in Scripture and speaks about this, that even angels have have a choice. Choose. They have a choice to choose their emotions.

We know that Scripture emotions there's an obvious choice to choose. In second Peter chapter 2 verse four it says, for if God did not spare angels when they sinned. Interesting as it angel sent to an angel sin, but cast them into hell and committed them into chains of gloomy darkness.

Three captains of the judgment revelations 12 nine it says in the great Dragon speaking of Satan was thrown down, that ancient serpent was called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world. He was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with them ever since that moment ever since that moment there is a cosmic battle.

I like that statement in Ephesians 612. Exodus says that it says that that our battle is not against flesh and blood, but it is a cosmic power battle in this cosmic battle over this present darkness over against the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly places. So when Satan, Lucifer, this great Dragon this accuser of God's people. He believes that he could do what God cannot be bluesy could rise higher than God. He sin that is the moment that God cast them out of heaven, along with any angels you along sin with them and so that's how we find Satan now referenced as a serpent in the garden. Adam and Eve are pure and blameless and sinless in the serpent came in gave them a little nudge torts and and at that moment.

Sin entered all humanity must be real about the second Corinthians chapter 11 verse 14 is a no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. I find that very often when it comes to sin and shame and guilt that Satan doesn't come at us in all his evil glory is a come at us, referencing and say hey on the devil I hate you. Would you please do this it does usually happen that way does it it's reference that he is like an angel of light that becomes appearing to be one thing, but he is something completely else and ever since that moment sin has separated us and with it. Sin has brought the shame and the guilt does, that it is brought separation.

This is the most heartbreaking thing that sin has done it is separated us from God. That's with since notice. Sin separates us from God. And when the enemy love nothing more than for you and I to be separated from the God who created us in Isaiah chapter 59 it says that your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear you. There is a separation because of sin in Romans 623.

It speaks of the results of sin says that the wages of sin is death, but here's the good news. The good news is that there is a free gift of God that is eternal life and the way that we get there is in verse 22 verses now you have been free from sin. We are free from sin, we become slaves of God and the fruit the results or the pursuit of this you can leave the sanctification and eternal life. I want to pause for a moment on that word sanctification is a very important word in in our development of becoming more like Christ. This terminology of St. vacation it, it means holiness its consecration. It references the process of becoming holy. It references the state of holiness attained to the end results and what's fascinating about this is that this is presented in this from an article by gentleman with last name of Kwak K.


Okay he says it this way.

He says that it references the process of becoming holy Ella Kelly word sanctification because this is what's happening in our life. He says that sanctification is presented as one a moral goal to be pursued, that it should be a goal of ours to pursue to be more like Jesus. It is an outward conduct that as I am being more more sanctified becoming more more like Jesus. My external conduct should match with what's happening in my life and also a thoroughly it's a product of Christ's atoning work in simplest form II heard this definition of segregation multiple years ago. The web always heard is a St. vacation is a lifelong process of becoming more and more like Jesus. And that is the road that you and I are on and so just as much as there is sin and shame and guilt on one side. On the other side there is forgiveness there is fellowship. There is freedom.

On the other side in this cosmic battle that is happening that's been raging since Genesis 3 when the serpent approached Adam and Eve when death entered in the spread to all mankind is that there is is battle over everyone of our souls is about on one side that is weighed down by sin and shame and guilt and then there's complete freedom. On the other side that is with fellowship. A connection and freedom and relationship, and who Christ is. This is the freedom that we can have again.

I like what Billy Graham says about this piece is only when we understand the holiness of God. Will we understand the depth of our sin, the way that I read that when I saw that I just had this image by pastor Daniel talked about a little bit when he came up here about this God that is pursuing us that is coming closer to us. That is that is approaching us that is chasing after us. Listen to me.

The closer you get to God the more sin is revealed, and that's why a lot of people come to get to a point in your life spiritually, and they come stop because at some point you step into the next, and God begins to show you if there is Holy Spirit more and more of sin in our life that needs to be dealt with or things and thoughts that we have to deal with in that road of St. vacation and of purity does go to first John chapter 1 for the next few moments this morning.

I want talk about an encouragement to the believer and hope for the loss better. The result of all that were talking about here. Of all the sin and all the shame and all the guilt in the baggage that it weighs us down. Where do we find encouragement in this and for the believer. What are we supposed to do with that in and listen for those that are here this morning and maybe you don't have relation with God. Listen there there is hope that you can have. Just like there is hope that that we have so let's talk about John for a moment as he jump into first John the three letters known as first, second and third John there's three letters Joseph pastor and I like this is up from nasty and nasty kind of phrases first, second and third John a really unique way.

He says that John is showing us a pastor caring for his the dearly loved flock as they endured difficult times. I really like the letters of first, second and third John because that's exactly what it is. This is John will talk about him in just a moment that is caring for his church is caring for his flock in each of the letters John is stressing the importance of a couple things. He stressed the importance of love, of obedience and of Dr. fidelity he makes it clear that those three things that those things have to work together in a related in other words search you and I cannot love God without loving his people and following what he says never Ecclesiastes, we just got done reading it and have been the result that it's almost saying is the fear God and do what he says will, in that you and I we have to love God and for the love God the week. Have to love people as well. If the follow what he says. Augustine said it this way about these letters.

Augustine said that this book is a very sweet is very sweet to every healthy Christian part that savors the bread of God and should consciously be in the mind of God's holy church because the letter that is written towards people. The letter written towards a flock of students towards a church, but a lot of reason why John was writing these letters because there were people from the church that were denying the incarnation of Christ, so there is a denial that Jesus reincarnated the incarnation of Christ is so within the church people were leaving the church and so John steps in his essay on a second. I actually knew Jesus, I'm not given this to you secondhand. John is one of the disciples in John writes these beautiful letters of a pastor's heart to a church that's hurting because some people left the church, the people gone elsewhere. Some you will stop believing in John's interbeing saying hang on a second I saw Jesus I know Jesus I know who is his right letters to encourage them. So who is John was done by the way I'm saying John and the disciple John there is some discrepancy. There are several different John's.

Historically that may have written different parts of these books I believe personally that was John the one over and talk… Follow that for a moment. John was a fisherman, is one of the 12. John was a son of Zebedee, a brother James.

He had the nickname Jesus gave him the nickname early on Sundays of thunder.

I really get that nickname from Jesus, you are no longer John. You are now the sons of thunder pretty awesome. Although most theologians say because he had a temper, so his prior redhead that's probably what it was is the probable author of John first John second John third John Revelation is the only disciple that we know of that died of natural causes. He was, not martyred is also known as John the beloved effect.

In the book of John. There is not the mention of John's name. It is referenced as the beloved, the one whom Jesus loved. This is who he was. He leans on Jesus chest effect Thursday of hope week. We are having a communion service pastor Daniel speaking at it and part of that I'm sure is the Last Supper and at the Last Supper. You see a disciple who is leaning against.

If you see the paintings you always see disciple was leaning against the chest of Jesus. This is John. John is one of the two him and Peter ran to the tomb together fact again in the book of John one life. I think some of the funniest passage of Scripture. John is writing the narrative of running to the tomb and he specifically puts in there that he was faster than Peter and gotten seen before Peter got to the tomb. I love how we get to see their personalities to the writings is also the one who Jesus looks down from the cross and asked to take care of his mother. This is John when you read his writings. You see a heart of a pastor you see a heart of somebody that is trying to relay his experiences to the church body only gives three things this morning of encouragement for the believer and hope for the loss.

The first one is this you and I as believers are encouraged to testify.

One of the ways that you and I help people and help the world with sin and shame and guilt is to testify to what we have seen and heard first John chapter 1 verse one through four that which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we live. Looked upon and have touched with our hands concerning the word of life. The life was made manifest, and we have seen it and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life which was with the father and was made manifest to us that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you so that you too may have fellowship with us and indeed our fellowship is with the father and with his son Jesus Christ and we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. Jamison phrases the beginning of first John chapter 1 as a rising in gradation arising in predation, meaning that one builds on the other which builds on the other, seeing is more convincing proof than hearing and handling is more than seeing if you notice John says he says we heard we saw. We looked upon and we touched any say that each one of these experiences builds upon the other one. It's important to note that as John is writing to the people of the church is writing to the flock is basely given the position that I have seen Jesus, I have heard Jesus, I have touched Jesus and I am testifying to you to what I saw given you award, I'm declaring that were testify as to report it's announcing I'm bringing a report to you. Listen as believers.

One of the biggest things that you and I need to do is testify to what we have seen to what we have touched to what we have felt to what we have heard our testimony that we get to share with people of a life that used to be in a life that is right now. This is why knowing how to share our story is so important is in it. Knowing how to share what God has done in our lives. Knowing how to share it and relay it and testify there something powerful when you hear testimony is under it's one of the reasons personally.

Why love baptism so much. I love our baptism services because every time we get here. We get to hear about lives that are in change and impacted.

We get to hear the stories every time I hear those life change stories. I myself and more inspired to follow and pursue after God and there is a world out there that needs to hear your story. There are neighbors of yours coworkers of yours their people in your school that need to hear your story.

We've got the greatest story ever been written. Why do we keep in such a secret that the greatest story in the greatest testimony that anybody can ever have in a relationship with Jesus.

Why do we not share that more on sometimes is because of fear, dizziness sometimes if were honest don't care enough. Whatever it is there. There's an inspiration and encouragement to us that if were going to see the world transformed help people move from sin and shame and guilt, and death into life and life and testimony. We got our share our testimony because it's it's about bringing them into fellowship with the Greek word coy India, it's about having things in common. It's pulling people together. It's bringing them into one another. It's a term that conveys a sense of commonality of solidarity share responsibility amongst households and individuals. This is what fellowship is and what John is saying is I'm telling you these things that you will have fellowship with you notices with us not just with God, but with us and I just encourage you and I don't speaking to the choir because you're here, but we need each other. We need one another. We need that fellowship of commonality. We need that fellowship that's gonna encourage us because in the world. We might not get that where you work, you might not get that you might be the only Christian where you are. We need the fellowship around us and our job as Christians is to declare this good news. This is a clear all that's happening. It's proclaiming the truth is proclaim the truth with freedom and with boldness and John's proclaim in this truth. John is declaring his eyewitness authority to what is happening in his life in order for people to join the fellowship. That's were called and that's why the end of the love for us to get stuck in our sin and our shame and our guilt because we feel like we did something wrong and we are bad we want to share that with somebody but now we feel free. We feel that love and that connection of God. It's hard not to share that the second thing is this that there's hope in this message. There is hope in the message of truth and of life and of light there's hope there is. Keep reading first John chapter 1 verse five is is this the message we've heard from him and proclaim to you that God is light in him there is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus his son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sin, we make him a liar and his word is not in us. Listen we are occurs in this passage do a few things I think is important to note these. We are encouraged to speak truth. We are occurs to walk in the light and we are encouraged to confess our sins, and when you put the three of those together.

That translates to hope that if we want to have hope, not just in our life. But if we want to give hope to people around us. We have to encourage the truth of God speak in his truth walking in lights confessing our sins. We cannot say that we have fellowship and walk in darkness, it doesn't go together, we can say that we are Christian, and then all the other days of the week were living in sin, we can't say that we have the lights in the life of Jesus. If all our time is spent in darkness doing dark things walking in the light, we have fellowship with each other see it says that were liars that we lie if we say we have no sin at all was acknowledging that that nobody's perfect. There's only one person that is perfect without sin is name is Jesus, and we walk around in our own righteousness, and I have not sinned it all. I make no mistakes. You say what you're you're a liar you have sin, but if we confess is faithful to forgive his face with forgive our sins, I find it interesting that the word for cleanse. By the way that the Greek word for cleanse. The cleanse the purified acclaimed someone from impurity. It usually was speaking in reference to a skin disease in the Bible. They were called leprosy, but it's actually more of a generic skin disease itself process of becoming something and someone ritually clean those up a ritual cleaning that this is referencing an end and the letters the biblical author of John uses the term for spiritual purification.

And as we read first John and we would speaking when he talks about that will cleanse us from all unrighteousness is referencing a spiritual purification that is happening in each one of these cases the person is cleanse them impurity. Burley says it this way, says that they are restored to a purified state. It's as if you and I had had leprosy in a skin disease at all certain that is taken and made clean and made pure, that is this cleansing that happens but it is at a spiritual soul level. It is a heart that is callous with disease of sin.

It's a life it's a mind at the heart of the soul that is callous and broken with sin and shame and guilt, and the good news though, hope in all of this is that Jesus comes in a cleanses us from he washes the screen is a spiritual purification that happens, which leaves the third point this morning.

That's this that there is hope of forgiveness that the end of it. There's hope for forgiveness. Again, this is John a pastor's heart, writing to a church and he says it this way in first John chapter 2 now verse 1 to 6. He says my little children, I am writing these things to use that you may not sin. So no words I don't want to listen. Don't sin, don't fall into seven but if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the father, Jesus Christ the righteous is a propitiation of our sins and not for ours to watch this but for the sins of the whole world, and by this we know that we have come to know him. If we keep his commandments. Whoever says I know him, but does not keep his commandments is a liar and the truth is not in whatever keeps his word, in him, truly the love of God is perfected. And by this we may know that we are in him. Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

If working to follow Jesus with the Walkley Jesus walked. If we say we are a follower of Christ and abide in him we have to walk how Jesus walked this a few things about forgiveness that is important to mention the first one is that you and I have an advocate we have an advocate. The word Paraclete us is Eucerin often refers to advocate and help her. It's one who helps and advocates outside of the New Testament. This word is used as a legal assistant or advocate in the court of law and in the Gospel of John. This is interesting by Taylor in the Gospel of John I of the gospel of John. John references Jesus speaking of the Holy Spirit being our advocate. That's what this means that we have an advocate that goes before us have an advocate that comes as a helper for what were doing. This is how that word is used in John.

However, this is interesting in the book of first John Jesus Christ is the advocate important is not talking about an advocate that's gonna come and help you and the Holy Spirit. What John is saying is that the advocate is Jesus that you and I together, have an advocate in Jesus who goes before the father. The concept combines both the legal and the relational the advocate and a helper together. This is a fascinating thing that Jesus Christ himself stepped into the role of advocate for us on our behalf as our advocate as our helper as our legal as a relational Council that this is who Christ is, why do we need an advocate B- loan Revelation chapter 12 verse 10 it says that you have an accuser. The reason why you not even need an advocate is because you and I have a very real accuser. It says that Satan himself is the accuser of the brethren, that he is accuser of each one of us. We have an advocate that is going to force you can almost get a picture in your mind of Lucifer of Satan accusing us before God and accusing the church and accusing the believers before God and Jesus does is hang on a second there, mine women advocate some of that on our behalf. Praying for us on our behalf as an advocate before we have and we also have this.

We have atonement we have atonement. This is a propitiation that it speaks about here. The where the word appears only in first John by the way into places this again anytime I find something in Scripture that's only use a few times. It's kind interesting to this word that we use here is the expiation of sin is a sin offering.

It only appears in first John of both passages refer to Christ as the sin offering for humanity as the person that goes in for the sacrifice of atonement. In other words, this is Jesus and his death on the cross the road and acknowledge here, and just over a week that goes before us as the final once and for all atonement on our behalf. We saying is that you and I have hope that if we do sin that we not only have an advocate, but you have atonement in Christ that Jesus himself went and paid the final price and not just Russell for the whole world, which is why we have to testify in Rome a separate five or 6 to 7 this is for while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. He died for us that God showed his love for us that while we were sinners, Christ died for us in John chapter 3 verse 16 and 19. Most of us know 316 that gal of the whole world that he gives only son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. But as you read the rest of that is that God did not send his sons the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. This is the hope of forgiveness that hope of relationship, that whoever believes in him is not condemned whatever does not believe is condemned already, because he is not believed in the name of the one own only son of God, see the file fiancé is a you and I have a relationship and that we are loved. At the end of all this that again that as much as the accuser will love to throw the sin and the shame and guilt. On the other side, we have fellowship. We have forgiveness we have an advocate we have atonement in Christ. And there's freedom and that and you are loved

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