We’ve been having a great time in our mid-week Bible study discussion as we study through 1 John. This past week, and this coming week, we are working our way through 1 John 2, verses 1-6. We had a great overall discuss on these verses this week, but next week, we will be looking specifically about how we are reminded of Jesus in this passage. Think about these three things we see about Jesus in this brief set of verses.
- Jesus is our Advocate. The word describing Jesus there means “the One who comes alongside to help,” or, “the One who intervenes on our behalf.” It should be a great comfort to us that Jesus is truly our Helper, the One who assists us in ways that no one else can.
- Jesus is our Savior. He serves as the propitiation for our sins (2:2). He died for our sins, was buried, and was raised on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). We all are sinners, but we have the wonderful good news of Jesus, that He died for our sins, so that we could be forgiven. It’s incredible to think about the love He showed toward us on the cross.
- Jesus is our Model. In 1 John 2:6, John writes, “the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.” Another way of saying this is how Paul writes in Ephesians 5:1: “Therefore be imitators of God…” Those are tough challenges, because walking as Christ did, or imitating God Himself, is a high calling. But know that God doesn’t call us to something that He won’t enable us to do with His help. Seek Him, and He will help you to live with Christ as your model…a model of love, compassion, forgiveness, grace, and truth.
Don’t forget today that Christ is our Helper, our Savior, and our Model.