This Sunday we will start at chapter 2 of 1 John. After pointing out the fact of sin, which many wish to explain away, John shows the provision God has made for our sin problem. Jesus is described in verses 1 and 2 of chapter 2 as “an advocate”, as “the righteous one” and “the propitiation”.
“Advocate” can be used as a noun or a verb. In the New Testament, it is almost always used as a verb (Joe advocated the benefits of being a Braves fan). The only time in the New Testament that it is used as a noun (Adam was Joe’s advocate against the charge of discrimination against Mets fans) is in the gospel of John and in John’s letter. You can check out its use in John 14:16, 26; 15:26 and 16:7. Jesus is talking about the Holy Spirit, but the descriptions may give us some idea of what kind of advocate John is telling us that Jesus will be for us as Christians. Check it out.