Our Heavenly Advocate (2 of 14) by Daniel Rodgers

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Our Heavenly Advocate (2 of 14)
THE BOOK OF I JOHN
Dan Rodgers
I John 2:1-6
Wednesday, September 6, 2006


INTRODUCTION:

In our last lesson we covered chapter one, verses one through ten. The title of our message was "Our Basis for Fellowship." John tells us that our fellowship with other believers and with Christ is based on our relationship with Christ. In (vs. 3), he writes, That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

But what happens to the fellowship when sin enters? The fellowship is broken. The relationship is still the same, but the fellowship is not. However, we have good news. In I John 1:9, it says, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

In Chapter 2, John continues with the discussion of sin. I would like to give you two points:

I. The Complaint—Our Sin
II. The Commandment—Our submission
I. THE COMPLAINT—OUR SIN

A. An Admonition (vs. 1a)

1. Just because we are saved does not mean that
God now overlooks our sin—not at all! Paul wrote in Romans 6:1-2, What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? [2] God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

a. Sin breaks God's heart and it breaks our
fellowship. That's why John admonishes us in (vs.1), not to sin.

ILLUS: Someone likened sin to a cut or break in an electric wire feeding a light bulb. When the wire is broken, electricity can no longer flow through the line. There must be a perfect connection from the source of power to the light bulb before there can be any light in the bulb.
In the same way, sin separates our connection with God. Forgiveness is like a splice in a wire. It doesn't take a brand new wire to complete the circuit, but there must be a wire in which every singl ...


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