“…But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins-and not only our sins but the sins of all the world” (1 John 2:1-2).
Although Jesus Christ is the sacrifice that atones for “the sins of the world,” not all sins will be atoned for. Only those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will stand before God and found ‘not guilty’ on judgement day.
God sent his son to earth in order to free us from the consequences of our sins, which is eternal death (hell). That ‘death’ spread through all mankind starting with Adam and Eve. God never changed, we disobeyed.
The scriptures tell us that “God is light and there is no darkness in him at all” (1 John 1:5). 2nd Corinthians 6:14 begs the question, “How can light live with darkness?” In order to have fellowship with God, we must become pure like He is. We must be a reflection of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross before God. We do that when we have the Holy Spirit (whom Christ sent to us when he ascended into heaven) living is us.
Christ will be our advocate on that day because he will know us – he is our advocate and our defender. Satan is our accuser. The bible says he “accuses us before God day and night” (Revelation 12:10). When we live by the world’s standards without a defender, we have essentially come into agreement with our accuser.
Those who don’t believe in God; or who believe in many paths to heaven; or who believe all ‘good folks’ go to heaven; sadly, will not see the glory of heaven. Similarly, those who think they are good enough without a savior are in denial:
“If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness” (1 John 1:8-9).
The good news in all of this is that God loves you passionately. He wants to live with you (his most beloved creation) for all of eternity.
Your new life with God can begin at this very moment when you accept Jesus as your savior; ask him to forgive your sins; and begin to surrender your will and life over to his care.
An easy way to get started is to pray this simple prayer (preferably with someone else) by Dr. Ray Pritchard:
Lord Jesus, for too long I’ve kept you out of my life. I know that I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself. No longer will I close the door when I hear you knocking. By faith I gratefully receive your gift of salvation. I am ready to trust you as my Lord and Savior. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming to earth. I believe you are the Son of God who died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead on the third day. Thank you for bearing my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life. I believe your words are true. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and be my Savior. Amen.