The word “Advocate” is sometimes translated “Paraclete” (from the Greek word paraklaytos), which you might recognize as a title given to the Holy Spirit in John 14 and 16. The word means “helper,” but it was used to describe someone who offered legal aid or one who interceded on behalf of another. It is one who came alongside another to aid or assist them in their greatest need and our greatest need is salvation or deliverance from the consequences of sin.
Picture a courtroom – a Divine Courtroom. God is the Judge. Satan comes as the accuser or prosecutor and man is the accused. Jesus Christ is our Defense Attorney; He is our “Advocate.”
What makes him unusual is that, in this case, he is the only Defense Attorney that comes into the courtroom and doesn’t proclaim we are innocent but admits our guilt! He declares our guilt, but he comes alongside of our need for redemption and paid the price in full on the cross. While Satan is yelling, “Sin,” Jesus is calmly saying to the Father Judge, “Cross. Paid in full.”
One of the most encouraging by-products of Jesus being our “Advocate” is this: we are assured sin will most definitely be paid for and that our salvation is secure. Why? Because Jesus never has, nor never will, lose a case. Jesus said, “And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me …” (John 6:39). That word “nothing” means “nothing.” No one will be lost that He has saved!
As he concludes Romans 8 and the Spirit’s sealing our salvation, Paul asked a rhetorical question, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?” (Romans 8:35). Once saved, always saved.
What an encouragement that is to the believer! We don’t need to feel hopeless in this life. When we sin, we don’t need to crawl into depths of despair. Instead, our rejoicing should be loud and boisterous that Jesus advocates for us. There should be such a level of confidence and celebration that Jesus saves and keeps us saved that we could echo these words from Charles Spurgeon: “He has said that he was so sure of his salvation that he could grab onto a cornstalk, swing out over the fires of hell, look into the face of the devil, and sing, ‘Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!’”
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