That is a powerful verse of truth we can truly rest in! Jesus Christ is the Righteous One and He speaks to God in our defense! That is incredible! No matter who you are or what you have done, when you believe in Jesus Christ you are forgiven and He defends you! Even if we stumble, He defends us and lifts us up again! Praise God!
Check out what the next verse says:
“He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”
1 John 2:2
It is through our faith in Jesus that we find forgiveness of sins and are reconciled back to God. Don’t ever forget that! Jesus is the only One, the Righteous One, who died for your sins. Jesus is the atoning sacrifice. Not works or religion or any other way.
What does atoning mean? In the dictionary it means “to make amends, to appease, to reconcile, to bring into agreement, and to bring into unity.” That is what Jesus did for us when He died on that cross! Through Jesus Christ the whole world can make amends for their sins! Through His sacrifice Jesus appeased the wrath of God as God’s wrath was poured out on Him for our sins. Through faith in Jesus Christ the whole world is offered reconciliation with God the Father and He alone brings us into agreement and unity with God! Jesus Christ is the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the whole world!
Keep that truth deep in your heart and let it grow! Jesus is the Righteous One and He “speaks to the Father in our defense!” There is no other name that we can be saved by (Acts 4:12) and no one else will speak for you before the Father in Heaven. You must know Jesus to be saved!
Consider the verses just before chapter 2 of 1 John:
“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”
1 John 1:5-7
“If we 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.”
1 John 1:8-10
God is NOT a liar folks! We all know deep in our souls that we have sinned. All of us have, and we all desperately need forgiveness from our Savior.
“But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
“God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished–he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.”
That is why Jesus is called the Righteous One and that is why He has the power to speak in defense of every single person who believes in Him! Jesus is our atonement and we are justified and redeemed through His blood alone! That my friends is real hope! Thank You Jesus!
“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.”
Grace and peace to you all in the Righteous Name of Jesus!