My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
Jesus Christ the righteous
Jesus is not only our Advocate but a “righteous” Advocate. Jesus is “righteous” as our Advocate. He pleads for us on the ground of His perfect righteousness and justice. Although Jesus can say little good of us, He can say plenty for us. He can plead His own righteousness for us.
Ro 8:34, “Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.”
He 7:25, “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”
The word “righteous” is an added qualification to the name “Jesus Christ.” “Jesus” is His human name, and “Christ” is the term for Jesus’ Messiahship.
Jesus stands in towering majesty above all men and is exclusively qualified to intercede for us.
Jesus stands in towering supremacy above all men. No one compares to the magnificent Son of God. He is the sinless, spotless Son – the Great Unlike.
“Jesus Christ the righteous” is the essence of our advocacy, for He is absolute righteousness. Jesus pleads our cause before the Judge; He is our counsel for the defense. He is an intercessor for us. Jesus pleads at the right hand of the Father when we commit sins.