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Doctrine of Advocacy

July 21, 2010

DOCTRINE OF ADVOCACY

1.    It is implied that believer’s will sin after salvation.

1 John 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (KJV)

2    Satan accumulates a sin file on every believer and periodically accuses the believer in heaven.  The information is collected through demons.

Job 1:6-11
6    Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.
7    And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
8    And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
9    Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
10    Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
11    But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. (KJV)

Zechariah 3:1-2
1    And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.
2    And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? (KJV)

Revelation 12:9-10
9    And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10    And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. (KJV)

3.    Jesus Christ is retained as the believer’s defense attorney in the court of heaven and He defends every case.  Occasionally, some believer is turned over to Satan for the administration of the sin unto death.

4.    The basis for our Lord’s defense is the fact that all our sins were judged at the cross in Him by God the Father.

2 Corinthians 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (KJV)

1 Peter 2:24  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (KJV)

5.    God the Father judged our sins on the cross.

Psalm 22:1-6
1    My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
2    O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.
3    But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
4    Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
5    They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.
6    But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. (KJV)

1 Peter 3:18  For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: (KJV)

6.    Since man’s sins have already been judged, those sins cannot be judged again; therefore, the believer is defended in heaven from Satan.  Romans 6:10 cp. 1 John 2:1.

Romans 6:10  For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. (KJV)

1 John 2:1  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: (KJV)

7.    Hence, every case is thrown out of court by God the Father.

Zechariah 3:1-2
1    And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.
2    And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? (KJV)

8.    The sins of the believer then become not a court matter but a family matter for the imputation of divine discipline.

Hebrews 12:6  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. (KJV)

9.    An advocate is one who undertakes the cause of another.  In its Biblical meaning, advocacy represents divine enablement and assistance.

10.    The New Testament word for advocate is PARAKLETOS.

John 14:16  And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; (KJV)

John 14:26  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (KJV)

John 15:26  But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: (KJV)

11.    Two persons of the Trinity are recognized as advocates:  the Son and the Spirit.

A.    Christ in His earthly ministry was an advocate for His own in the world; before He left He promised another to come.

B.    By the use of the word “another,” Christ implied that His own ministry on earth had been that of an advocate.

John 14:16  And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; (KJV)

12.    As a legal representative in the court of heaven, Christ now functions as the believer’s advocate.  This present work of Christ is known as the “unfinished work.”

1 John 2:1  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: (KJV)

13.    The advocacy of Christ in heaven regarding the believer’s sin is so complete and perfect that He has the title “Jesus Christ the righteous.”

14.    The advocacy of the Spirit is one of intercession and direct aiding.

Romans 8:26-27
26    Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27    And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (KJV)

15.    Thus, there are three general uses of the word advocate:

A.    a legal advocate, which Christ is now in heaven.

B.    an intercession agent, which Christ and the Spirit are now.

C.    a general helper, which Christ was while on earth and which the Spirit is throughout the Church Age.