Believers sin, too. The Bible says we shouldn’t. It says we should stop it. But it also says that if we do, we have forgiveness through our advocate, Jesus Christ.
I wonder what it is about Jesus, what attribute of His allows Him to be our advocate we can trust in?
“And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:”
1 John 2:1
It is Christ’s righteousness that causes Him to be our advocate. Why would John choose “the righteous” as the defining characteristic of Christ here?
Seems like if Christ were righteous, we’d want to stay a long way away from Him. Righteous God does not like unrighteous people. Unrighteous people cannot survive before Him.
Wouldn’t it give us more confidence to say “We have an advocate with Jesus Christ the gracious?” Or perhaps, “Jesus Christ the extremely lenient?”
But John goes with “the righteous.”
Here’s my stab at it: Jesus Christ is righteous, we are not. By faith we receive the righteousness of God through Christ. If Christ is not righteous, He has no ability to intercede on our behalf. If He is righteous He has “some pull” with God!
We need a righteous advocate, no other will work. Your priest, your mother, yourself, no one but a perfectly righteous person can be a secure advocate. We only have one: use Him!