Name of God - Paraklētos: Advocate
Daily Verse: “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;”
☆ 1 John 2:1 NASB
Let's Talk About It: YES! Now this is definitely some good news. Hearing and knowing this truth is a definite relief. Before going deeper into this name, let’s dissect the word. Paraklētos (par-ak'-lay-tos), according to the Greek Strong’s Dictionary, is a singular masculine noun that means an intercessor, consoler. It can also mean advocate, comforter, or helper.
An advocate, as used in this Name, is someone who appears in another’s behalf. An advocate’s role is to fight for someone, especially for a person’s rights. To put it into perspective, it is like a defense attorney. So, if you’re needing a defensive attorney, then that means there is a plaintiff or prosecutor. Those are ones who accuse someone of doing something wrong and seek punishment to be applied for the offense. The advocate and accuser stand before a judge who hears them both and then hands down the final judgment, that being guilty and punishment is applied and to be served immediately or is acquitted of the charges. In today’s verse, John the beloved is saying in his letter that the purpose (of his letter) is so that the children of God do not sin. John goes on to say that if you do, you have an Advocate, Jesus Christ.
Before you stress and wonder how you’re going to pay for this “attorney,” know that the payment has already been made. If you are a child of God, you have Jesus on retainer. The accuser, or prosecutor, is Satan. When we sin, the mandatory sentence is death for the Word says that the wage of sin is death (Romans 6:23 HCSB). When we believe that Jesus is the Son of God who came into this world and died for our sins and was resurrected on the 3rd day by God the Father, we become His. “If we confess with our mouth ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe with our heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9).” Jesus becomes our Advocate, or our spiritual attorney.
After the accuser finishes mentioning the charges against us, our Advocate, Jesus Christ, goes on the defense for us. And when/if the evidence against us is overwhelming and proves that we are guilty on all charges, we are set free (saved from the wages of sin). Why? Because Jesus served our punishment. He received our wages from the sin(s) we committed. This is what is meant when said, “by His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5 AMP),” We are made whole from our brokenness because He took our punishment through the wounds He endured for our sake.
Aren’t you glad that God sent His Son into this world not to condemn us but so that we all may be saved (John 3:17)? If you are reading this and have not accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior…if you were to die today and cannot say without any doubt that you will go to Heaven, I have Good News! It’s not too late to get that assurance. Click on this link. He is knocking at the door of your heart with the free gift of Salvation. All you must do is open the door and let Him in. “He’s faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness (Romans 10:9).” Our Lord, our Redeemer, our Savior, Jesus Christ, is also Paraklētos…our Advocate! – Kevin