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John says, “we” have an advocate with the father. He is including himself in this statement, as well as the other disciples (he includes them as part of the introduction). Even the heroes of the faith are sinful people in need of a savior. The pastor, the Sunday school teacher, Billy Graham, John Piper—all of us, even those with authority need GOD’s grace, mercy, and sanctification. We should remember this.

Do you pray for your Pastor’s spiritual development? We should.

None-the-less, John was not writing to say that he was a sinner, but his purpose was to say that we ought not to sin. His message was not only that we should not sin, but that because we have GOD’s seed in us we don’t have to sin; Christ makes a way out. The great comfort is what he says in 1 John 3:2-3

2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

This is such great news! Those of us who are in Christ through faith are his children-NOW. Encountering Christ is transformative, both today and even more so when we will see him face to face (come,Lord Jesus!). He is changing us, and one day we will be made truly like him.

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