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Christ Our Advocate With the Father

Christ Our Advocate With the Father

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BY Rev. JAMES FENTON, M.A.

'' My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not.

And
if any man sin, 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 whole world." — 1 John ii. 1, 2.










BY Rev. JAMES FENTON, M.A.

'' My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not.

And
if any man sin, 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 whole world." — 1 John ii. 1, 2.










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CHRIST OUR ADVOCATE WITH THE FATHER BY Rev. JAMES FENTON, M.A. '' My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, 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 whole world." — 1 John ii. 1, 2. The Christian life is variously regarded by the New Testament writers as a walk, a race, a warfare, a passing through the fire, and a fellowship. These expressions suggest to us appropriate analogies between our natural life and the workings of our spiritual nature. What a man experiences in his struggle for life in the world, the soul experiences in its struggle for life in God. This experience, in its relation to God, is aptly described as a walk or fellowship with Him ; and, in its relation to our spiritual aims and difficulties, as a race, a warfare, a passing through the fire. Now, although our spiritual life is all these and more, and although all these views of it may have been occasionally present to the minds of the New Testament writers, yet each of them has his own favourite view of it, to which he often returns. To Paul, for example, whose life was an intensely active one, and whose mind was of an argumentative cast, it is especially a race and a warfare. " So run, that ye may obtain," he says. " Forgetting
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the things that are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark." " Fight the goodjight of faith ; lay hold on eternal life." And when, as the close of his earthly career drew nigh, he looked back upon the years he had spent in the service of his Lord and Saviour, he still regarded them as a time of warfare and pressing forward under difficulties,  — "I have fought a goodjight, I have finished my cowrse, I have SERMON BY REV. JAilES FENTON, M.A. 265 kept the faith." To Peter, again, who was of a fiery and impul-sive nature, the spiritual life was a passing through the fire. It is he who writes, " that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise, and honour, and glory, at the appear-ing of Jesus Christ." " Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you." And, as if all outward nature were but a symbol of the believer's inner life, he reveals to us that the new heavens and the new earth will appear only after the old have passed through the fire. " Seeing, then, that these things shall be dissolved," he says, " what manner of persons ought ye to be, in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for, and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens,
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being on fire, shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt tuith fervent heat." And now to John, the writer of this epistle, the spiritual life was, above all things, as it was to Enoch, a walk or fellowshvp with God. He it was, you remember, that leaned upon the bosom of our Lord as they reclined at the Last Supper ; and the idea of nearness to Christ, which this act suggests, was that which rose above all others in the mind of John, as he thought of the countless blessings of a Christian life. This is clearly shewn in the preceding chapter of this epistle : " That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us ; and truly our felloiuship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ." To John, all believers were but one society or brotherhood, having fellowship one with another, through their common fellowship with a Heavenly Father and His Divine Son. They were one family, under one Father, ad-mitted to everlasting communion with the Father through the one Mediator Jesus Christ. This fellowship, you will observe, is possessed by the believer here and now. " Truly our fellowship is with the Father ; " not shall he. Doubtless, it shall be enjoyed also in the new heavens and the new earth, but it begins now. No sooner do we rest upon Christ for our salvation than the Father begins to commune with us, and we with Him. This same truth is again taught us by John in his gospel : " He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life," hath it now, though not in that fulness which shall be enjoyed in a state of perfection hereafter. And this is everlasting life, to know, — to have an
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