Who is he that cometh? The Advocate with the Father
Advocate – one that pleads the case of another (specifically in a court or tribunal)
- 1 John 2:1-5 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. But if any man sin and repent, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; And he is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 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.
- Sec 45:1c-e Listen to him who is the Advocate with the Father, who is pleading your cause before him, saying, Father, behold the sufferings and death of him who did no sin, in whom thou wast well pleased; behold the blood of thy Son which was shed, the blood of him whom thou gavest that thyself might be glorified; wherefore, Father, spare these my brethren that believe on my name, that they may come unto me and have everlasting life.
So why do we need an advocate?
Is it that God wants to throw us out of His presence forever? Is He just an angry kind of guy who Jesus has to come to and talk Him down or convince Him not to destroy us?
- DC 28:2b – lift up your hearts and be glad, for I am in your midst, and am your advocate with the Father; and it is his good will to give you the kingdom;
Also don’t forget John 3:16 – God loves us and has always wanted us with Him. When we talk about Christ as an advocate it is simply another way of talking about Him as the bridge, the lamb of God, the sacrifice, the “propitiation.”
Propitiation – an atoning sacrifice; Atone – to reconcile or supply satisfaction for
Another interesting point…
An advocate is normally someone who understands where the person they are advocating for is “coming from.” For instance, someone who advocates for survivors of child abuse has likely witnessed the outcome or has been a victim themselves. So that puts Christ in the unique position to advocate for us…
- DC 62:1a Behold, and hearken, O ye elders of my church, saith the Lord your God; even Jesus Christ, your Advocate; who knoweth the weakness of man and how to succor them who are tempted…
- Heb 4:14-16 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was on all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
What has he promised? To be our advocate. To stand in our sted… to be the propitiation. See above.
What does he require?
Here is the real important part. This is the life application section. Any guesses on what he wants?
Surprise, surprise… for us to keep His commandments. Look back at I John.
Does that mean he won’t be our advocate if we don’t keep all the commandments?
But does it allow Him to work in our lives in a more perfect way?
It means that we will be happier, stronger, more balanced, etc. here on this earth and that we will be better prepared for what we will face in the next part of life. I say this over and over again but you will be the same person in the life to come. You won’t change (other than you will lose your physical body).
- Alma 16:230-232 For after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness, wherein there can be no labor performed. Ye can not say, when ye are brought to that awful crisis, that I will repent, that I will return to my God. Nay, ye can not say this; for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world.
Christ is our advocate with the Father and He has asked us to be advocates as well… But to whom?
- Matt 10:28-29 Whosoever, therefore, shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father who is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father who is in heaven.
Christ asks that even as He is our advocate that we advocate Him to others. He asks that we speak on His behalf to the world to tell them His message. He has asked us to be the salt and light of the world. Those people who bring truth and salvation to the world.
- Have you felt led to share with someone before and didn’t? Why not? How did it go?
- Why is it so hard to share with others?
- How should we go about sharing with others? Is it only teaching “Go Ye and Teach”?
- Who should we be going to?
- What does it look like in your life?
- What is the message we should be sharing?
- What is one thing that you can do to share with others?
- Is there something the Lord has placed on your heart to do that you haven’t done yet?
- What will you do different from today? What will have changed after this class? What will you now do to be a better advocate for Christ?