READ : 1 John 1:8-10
1 John 2:1-2
“We alone belong to God” boasted the false teachers. “And we can do as we please there is no sin.” John responds: Those who truly belong to God admit their sins and trust in Jesus who paid for them. “My Advocate” by Martha Nicholson says it well:
I sinned. And straightway, post-haste, Satan flew
Before the presence of the Most High God
And made a railing accusation there.
He said, “This soul, this thing of clay and sod
Has sinned. ‘Tis true that he has named Your Name
But I demand his death for You have said,
`The soul that sins, it shall die.’ Shall not
Your sentence be fulfilled? Is justice dead?
Send now this wretched sinner to his doom.
What other thing can a righteous ruler do?”
And every word he spoke, O God, was true!
Then quickly One rose up from God’s right hand
Before whose glory angels veil their eyes.
He spoke: “Each jot and tittle of the law
Must be fulfilled: the guilty sinner dies!
But wait . . . Suppose his guilt were all transferred
to Me and that I paid his penalty!
Behold My hands, My side, My feet! One day
I was made sin for him and died that he
Might be presented faultless at Your throne!”
Then Satan fled away. Full well he knew
That he could not prevail against such love
For every word my dear Lord spoke was true!