by Dr David Jeremiah
"And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." 1 John 2:1b
Recommended Reading: Job 1:8-9; 2:3-6
At this very minute, accusations are flying around all over the world: in a court of law, in a political body, perhaps in a living room. Accusations carry tremendous weight according to the stature of the person making them.
There is another place where accusations never stop flowing--in the throne room of heaven. Revelation 12:10 calls Satan the "accuser of [the] brethren"--he accuses Christians "before our God day and night." Given the stature of the Accuser, the accusations against us as sinners, unworthy of forgiveness and grace, must be taken seriously. And they are true: We are sinners. But because we have put on "Jesus Christ the righteous" (1 John 2:1), our Advocate enters as evidence the facts: He paid for our sins and we have been credited with His righteousness. That is what putting on the "breastplate of [Christ's] righteousness" (Ephesians 6:14b) means--that we are defended from the accusations of Satan about our sin.
When Satan tries to convince you of your unworthiness before God, agree with him--then show him the breastplate of Christ's righteousness you are wearing.
"When God declares a man righteous he instantly sets about to make him righteous." - A. W. Tozer
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