“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1)
Jesus stands with the broken, the contrite, the repentant. The only plea He enters before the Father is His blood and their repentance. Satan is not their only accuser: their own conscience accuses; the Law of God condemns: the Holy Spirit convicts. But the Advocate with the Father prevails because His own blood cleanses from all sin. He is the Lamb of God who died, the just for the unjust, to take away our sins, and bring us to God, not to find judgment, but mercy.
Those who delight more in judgment than in mercy, take issue with how God operates here. They believe He is too lenient and is letting people “get away” with their bad behavior. But such is not the case. God is not mocked. He knows where there is guile in the spirit. He will not be played for a fool. Those who think they can continue in sin because grace will abound, will find out how wrong they have been. Mercy belongs to those who both believe in the grace of God extended through Christ, and who confess and forsake their sin. “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” (Prov. 28:13)
It is the goodness of God that leads us to repentance. All true change comes from God; and change comes slowly to the best of us. No one changes without restoration to the presence of God. The reception of the forgiveness of God through the sacrifice of His Son must precede all and anything else. We come to Him as we are. “Just as I am, without one plea, but that Thy blood was shed for me …” We come before the Just Judge, with our Advocate by our side. He represents us before God. He is our Surety, our Guarantor – He assures the Father that He has begun a good work in our life and He is able to complete it. If He is for us, who can be against us!