Today’s Daily Light:
1 John 1:8-10 John wrote to us “If we (believers) claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.”
2:1-6 John goes on to say “My dear children, (you and me) I write this to you ‘so that’ you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”
Wow! In the context of 1st John… John is telling us just how absolutely and pure and holy and thus-‘just’ our heavenly Father is in the all of who He is. God upholds and protects His pureness with his aversion to and His judgment of and against darkness. Darkness produces fruit of darkness which is identified as ‘sins’. Sins are a problem…an interference…in our being fully pleasing and obedient to God…because God is pure and thus-‘just’ and will not abide sins. Thus our sins must be constantly ‘atoned’ for.
Jesus, now seated at the right hand of God is our ‘forever’ high priest. He is always on duty 24-7, and His ‘forever’ ministry is to ‘atone’ for our sins. Wow! He intercedes for you and me constantly. Now regard that it is the Father that gave us His Son to be our atoning sacrifice ‘because’ the Father loves us and wants to have an intimate relationship with us. Soooo…this absolutely perfect and Holy God…installed rules and laws about protecting the realm of His purity that are thus-‘just’…God’s law of ‘justice’. Breaking these laws and rules requires that they be forgiven and purified ‘so that’ we can remain in fellowship with other believers and with God.
God also installed an ‘atonement’ system that in itself has rules and laws that satisfy the rules and laws of ‘justice’. God installed, gave us, Jesus to be our ‘forever’ atoning high priest who is our ‘forever’ atoning sacrifice….’so that’ we can be in constant right standing and in full fellowship with Him and other believers.
Father…I am beyond in awe of your glory…your holiness….your absolute perfection in the all of who you are. I am sooo aware of my imperfection and sins. I am soooooo incredibly grateful that you gave your Son to pay for my sin penalty and to provide Him as my forever high priest who forever atones for me. I am sooooo grateful that you love us soooo much that you provided a total, forever, process in the person of your Son to keep us in fellowship with you. And you say you did that because you love us….you created us so that you could adopt us and be our Father. Thank you that you are holy and pure and thus-‘just’ and that you can never change. Thank you for being who you are….which is infinitely beyond what my feeble mind can even begin to comprehend. But I know you are real… I know you are Creator and Lord of Life. Thank you for giving us your Spirit to live inside us ‘so that’ we can ‘know’ that you are real and true. May we tell someone today that Jesus is always there to forgive and purify us from sins.