“If Anyone Does Sin” (1 John 2: 1, ESV) by Carley Evans


The author of 1 John writes, “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.”

We are not to live in sin, but if we do fall into sin, then we must remain confident that Jesus is advocating for us because “He always lives to intercede.” Additionally, “the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words…according to the will of God.” (Romans 8: 26 – 27)

Jesus — whether standing before His Father and our Father or sitting beside Him at His right hand — is a shield for us from the wrath of His Father. The anger and hatred of sin which God the Father possesses fell upon Jesus’ body as He remained on the cross of Calvary. Jesus did not remove Himself from this suffering, but stayed the course, bearing its shame and the weight of the sin of the world.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1: 9)

“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 1: 28)