1Jn_2:1. My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not.
That you may abstain from it, and abhor it, and not indulge in anything that would lead you towards it.
1Jn_2:1. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
We are to seek to live a perfectly holy life, but inasmuch as we constantly fall short of that ideal, here is our comfort; we still have an Advocate, we still have One who undertakes our cause, and pleads for us before his Father’s throne.
1Jn_2:2. And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for our’s only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
Whoever comes to him shall receive deliverance from sin. Neither Jew nor Gentile is exclusively considered in the offering of the atonement of Christ; those for whom he died are of every race, and color, and class, and kin.
1Jn_2:3-6. And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
May the Holy Spirit graciously lead us all to this extraordinary walk of grace, for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake! Amen.
This exposition consisted of readings from 1 John 1 and 1Jn_2:1-6.