This past Monday (Nov. 5), I was given the opportunity to teach the 9th Bible study lesson in a 10-week series at my church called, “‘Who do you say that I am?’ Encountering the Real Jesus in the Old and New Testaments.”
I was given 20 minutes to give a brief biblical and theological overview of the identity of Jesus as Advocate. After the lesson, women broke into groups and looked at and discussed 1 John 1:5-2:2.
In this lesson, I wanted to show how the identity of Jesus as our Advocate impacts our present reality; Jesus as Advocate isn’t just theoretical. Rather, we are able to live in the tension of being saved while also still being sinners because we have a great and perfect Advocate interceding for us today and every day. Here is my “take away” from the lesson:
Christ’s identity as advocate, therefore, means that even when we sin, and we will, Jesus stands at the right hand of the Father interceding for us based on his righteousness and atoning sacrifice for our sins, which was made complete by his crucifixion and resurrection (1 John: 2-12). That means yesterday, today, now, and forever our status before him never changes because we are in Christ and Christ never changes.
And then this quote by John Calvin sums up nicely what Christ’s advocacy means for us:
“Christ’s intercession is the continual application of His death to our salvation. … that being reconciled to God through Christ’s blamelessness, we may have in heaven instead of a Judge a gracious Father.”
In the lesson, I did not have time to get to many of the other passages that speak of the advocacy of Jesus as well as the advocacy of the Holy Spirit. For further reflection, read John 14:15-17, Mark 14:62, Acts 2:33-34, Romans 8:34, and Hebrews 7:25.