My little children, these things I write to you, that you may not sin. And if someone should sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. (1 John 2:1, EMTV)
B1 First sentence
C1 My little children
C2 These things
C3 I write
C4 To you
D2 May not sin
B2 Second sentence
D3 Should sin
C2 Main clause
D3 An Advocate
E1 With the Father
F1 Jesus Christ
G1 The Righteous
B1 We do sin
C1 True Christians do not want to sin. Job 42:6, Romans 7:13-24, Galatians 5:17
C2 Sin is deceptive. Ephesians 4:22, Titus 3:3,
C3 We sin because we give in to our evil desires. We find them pleasurable. James 1:14-15, Romans 13:13-14
C4 Others are watching. Let us be careful. Matthew 18:6, 1 Corinthians 8:9-13
C5 We must repent of them and ask forgiveness. We ask forgiveness from God. 2 Corinthians 7:10, Revelation 2:5
C6 We have an advocate.
C1 Meaning--Someone called alongside to help.
C2 Illustration--Zechariah 3:1-5
C3 Our advocate is Jesus. He comes to our help as mediator (1 Timothy 2:5) with the Father. Because Jesus is righteous, He is accepted by the Father to help in our behalf. Hebrews 7:25, Romans 8:34 Compare Matthew 10:19-20 and Romans 8:26.
B1 Why do people sin?
B2 Why do Christians sin?
B3 What is the standard for defining sin?
B4 What are we to do if and when we sin?
B5 Who do we turn to when we have sinned?
B6 Who is able to forgive our sins?
B7 Why is He willing to forgive our sins?