â€œAnd if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.â€ Â (1 John 2:1)
There is no suggestion anywhere in Scripture that any person can be sinless. â€œAll have sinnedâ€ (Romans 3:23), the Bible boldly declares. â€œThere is none righteous, no, not oneâ€ (Romans 3:10). Repentance toward God (Acts 20:21) and salvation by God (2 Corinthians 7:10) eternally settles the issue of the sinful condition inherent in us (Ephesians 2:1-8). However, even though we have been â€œmade the righteousness of God in himâ€ (2 Corinthians 5:21), we still commit sinful acts (1 John 1:8-10)!
Hallelujah for the Advocate! What a blessed promise it is that is recorded for us that the same Jesus Christ who died for our sins, who rose from the grave in glorious victory over sin, â€œis even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for usâ€ (Romans 8:34).
Although our security in the completed work of Christ Jesus is â€œfor everâ€ (Hebrews 10:12), our great High Priest (Hebrews 4:14) stands ready to rebut the constant efforts of Satan to flaunt our sins before the holy throne of God (Revelation 12:10). We have no standing there on our own. Our life, even though forgiven and â€œrescuedâ€ from sin, still is tainted with the deeds and consequences of evil choices. Even the body in which we live houses â€œno good thingâ€ (Romans 7:18).
Were it up to us to â€œbe holy,â€ we would quickly be defamed by the reality of our life. The child of God, though redeemed by â€œthe precious blood of Christâ€ (1 Peter 1:19), has no ability to plead Christâ€™s work in person before the throne. â€œWherefore he [Jesus] is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for themâ€ (Hebrews 7:25). HMM III