12/17/17 1 John 1:1-2:4
Isn’t it a wonderful thing when someone becomes your advocate? I know I have benefitted from a number of people who were an advocate on my behalf when I most needed them. That Jesus is an advocate for us is provocative. The word advocate can have many meanings. What are some of the meanings of an advocate? How is Jesus an advocate for us and how specifically is Jesus an Advocate for us in the context of 1 John 1:5-10? How does the prophetic passage of Isaiah 9, (9:2-7) support this?
Ryan made the statement yesterday that, “a mere man cannot die for our sins”. What makes that a true statement? i.e. why couldn’t, say, you or I decide we wanted to die for the sins of someone else?
Liar, liar How is it that we make God out to be a liar when we say we do not sin? (v.10) Do people actually say this in our day and age? What do they say to make it appear more acceptable?
From 1 John 2:4, how do we make ourselves to be liars when we say we have come to know Him but do not keep His commandments?
Talk about how these verses are to be properly interpreted, since in reality, God does not become a liar. (Hebrews 6:18, Titus 1:1-3) But do we actually become liars? Why is important to make this distinction?
How might what Jesus says about the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit be linked to all of this?
What would you say is at the heart of this discussion about sin?