Understanding How To Make Jesus Your Spiritual Legal Advocate Right Now!
(Ver 2.1) This is Part 3 in a lesson series on “Understanding the Heavenly Laws and Court System of Heaven”. I wrote this lesson a long time ago, but I have learned so much new while studying this subject that I felt that I needed to rewrite it to included more new information. I love this subject. It is one of the most important topics for a new Christian to learn after becoming saved. Knowing this should change you and motivate you to become more like God who is Holy. I hope you have read the entire series from the beginning but if not please click on “Part 1” now. When I originally wrote on this subject I was thinking of a Christian only missing out on one judgement by making Jesus their personal Legal Advocate. I knew that there was coming a great white throne judgment at the end of this age after the Great Tribulation. We can read about this judgement in Revelation 20:11. Only unsaved people will be judged during this time of judgment. Therefore, I knew that by making Jesus my Lord right now, I would not be standing before the Great White Throne of Judgment then. That was the main message of this lesson. However, since continuing to study the subject of the “Courts of Heaven” the LORD has revealed so much new information in the last few months.
What the LORD has been saying to me and teaching me about this subject is very profound and essential to understand. Christians are being brought before the throne of God right now by Satan our legal adversary and accuser (Rev 12:10). In 1 Peter 4:17 God reveals that judgement begins with His House right now in the church age of Grace. Paul wrote and warned the Church in 1 Corinthians 1:11 that IF we JUDGE our self, we will not be judged. I know a lot of people say they are Christian today but don’t believe this is what the Bible says and what the Holy Spirit has been teaching His Church. What I would suggest to you if you don’t believe is that you pray and ask the LORD to reveal this to you if it is true. Then open your Bible and become a Berean type of Bible student (Acts 17:11). Ask the LORD, do I need a personal legal Advocate right now. Let’s get into the lesson and permit the Holy Spirit to speak.
INTRODUCTION TO THE SPIRITUA ADVOCATE
Today is a Bible lesson on “Understanding How to Make Jesus Your Spiritual Legal Advocate” now. We will discuss what a Spiritual Legal Advocate is and what He does for us and then we will discuss why we as humans need a Spiritual Advocate. Let’s start by defining the word “advocate”. A legal advocate is always someone who holds superior knowledge on the subject of the law. In our world people have to go to school for many years of legal study, graduate and then must pass an extensive legal bar exam in order to become a licensed legal advocate. Some people call these individuals lawyers, attorneys or others call them counselors. A counselor is someone who uses their wisdom and knowledge of the law to give you “advice” or “counsel” on what you should do in the given situation that you are in before the court and judge. A lawyer is of course someone who practices the profession of defending, prosecuting, administrating or judging the laws passed by the legal bodies in power.
Today in our complex legal court systems, if you try to show up before a judge without a highly knowledgeable and skilled attorney you are in some serious legal jeopardy. Let me tell you about one man I know of. This man was chatting on the internet with a girl. He was over 21 and she said she was 16. He asked to meet her and set a location and time for the meeting. As he neared the location the Police officers arrested him. It turns out that this man had been talking with undercover Police on the internet in a sex sting. Well this man could not afford an attorney to help defend him. Even though he had not committed any crime by talking or meeting anyone, the district attorney threw the book at him and threatened him with many years of jail. This prosecutor after scaring the man then offered him a plea deal. In this deal he would not go to jail but needed to agree with counseling, become a registered sex offender and he would be on probation for a couple of years reporting to a parole officer. This was all because this man could not afford the proper legal defense. Now, I’m not saying he was right for doing what he did at all. No, we must all understand that even the intent of sin has consequences. What I am saying is that this man needed a good lawyer. Let me give you another example quickly that makes the point a little more.
In another legal matter in past years I recall a very famous court trial for the very serious offense and charge of murder. I will not name names, but I will tell you that this one trial that I am using as an example today was concerning a gruesome set of murders of two people. You may know who I am talking about as I go. This individual was charged with the crime, but he hired a “dream team” of legal counselors because he was a rich man and could afford the best that money could buy. While the prosecution seemed to present a good case, they were no match for the highly paid legal minds of the “dream team” lawyers who cleverly made the prosecution look foolish. To me the evidence presented in the trial was very compelling, but to the jury this man was found not guilty and thus got away with murder because of his lawyer’s abilities.
You see in our legal system all the lawyers have to do is to present reasonable doubt for someone committing the crime to allow the judge and the jury to acquit them. This was the approach of the “dream team” lawyers. They discredited the truth with as many doubts as they could invent. They introduced unrelated distractions that had nothing to do with the evidence presented. They manipulated the jury to believe what they wanted them to see and they won. There is a basic rule of law that the judge and the jury must judge and find for the prosecution or the defense based upon the evidence being presented. Whoever, does the best job at this is usually the victor.
I learned a lot right from these cases that the truth didn’t matter, justice didn’t matter, fairness didn’t matter and even the proof and evidence didn’t matter. No, what mattered the most was if you had a good advocate on your side to help you plead your case then you could be set free. This man accused of this horrific crime never got up to testify and never opened his mouth to defend himself one time. The only people that spoke for him were his masterful attorneys and they prevailed. You can obviously disagree with what I just said, but that would clearly be your opinion vs. mine. So let’s drop our opinions and see what God and the Bible says to us on the subject of our legal advocate.
1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1Jn 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
1Jn 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:
We can clearly learn several important things from these verses if we allow the Spirit of God to show us what they say. The primary subject of these verses is “sin” and more specifically the sin of a Christian. There are teachers in the world today that claim a Christian does not sin. There are teachers today that claim that it does not matter if a Christian sins because there are no consequences for it. There are even teachers today that claim we never have to obey these verses in 1 John 1 to ask God to forgive us for our sin. Wow, what a deception that is being given to the Church. That is exactly what Satan wants a Christian to believe.
Sin can be defined as many different things. The Greek word G266 translated as “sin” simply means “to commit an offense””. An offense simply occurs when a person commits an illegal act by disobeying the law. For today’s discussion I will define sin as committing a violation of the law of God since we are discussing legal matters in a court of heaven. There are certainly many other more complex aspects to the subject of what sin is or is not, but I will not be discussing those today. Please do not get distracted on the subject of sin from me reading just a couple of verses from 1 John on the subject. I simply can’t teach everything in one lesson, so let’s move on with today’s subject of why we as Christians need an advocate.
The Bibles tells us clearly that “ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23). John 1:10 says to Christians that if we say we have never sinned we make Jesus a liar and His Seed is not in us. So it is not so much “if” a Christian will sin as to say “when” a Christian sins as verses 9 and 10 imply. However, these verses are also clearly implying that the goal for a Christian should be that we should never sin. But, if we do sin, then this verse 2:1 very clearly teaches us we have a major advantage over many other unsaved people in the world. This advantage is because we have the Spirit of Jesus our righteousness living on the inside of us acting as our spiritual legal advocate, adviser and counselor to help us to change from repeating that sin.
Perhaps this will be a good time to further define the word translated as “advocate” in these verses. This Greek word is G3875 and was translated as “advocate” in 1 John 2:1 because of the legal descriptions being made in the contextual verses. This Greek word can also be translated as a “counselor” which is an equivalent name for a “trial lawyer”. It is also translated as “comforter” in the Gospel of John verses where Jesus said “I will send you another comforter (G3875)…”. The word comforter describes someone who provides “consolation” and that simply means someone that speaks or provides comfort or aide during a great time of loss or suffering. I believe all of these can be applied to a legal court case.
Is there a court in Heaven with Laws?
Jesus our righteous advocate is now seated at the right hand in the presence of the supreme judge who is God (Heb. 12:2). If we are Christians then we also learn that the Holy Spirit lives inside us (1 Cor 6:19) to further help us, and advise and counsel with us. That is a great legal advantage for Christians against our adversary the devil. In fact I would call this legal team the Ultimate and Unlimited Dream Team of Spiritual Lawyers. These verses we just read in 1 John 1:9-2:1 and others that I have not yet covered clearly state that Jesus our righteousness is said to be our personal spiritual advocate.
Conditions for Having Jesus as Your Advocate:
- if we are Christians, (1 John was written to the Church)
- if we confess our sins, (1 Jn 1:9)
- if we ask for forgiveness (Lk 11:4, 1 Jn 1:9)
- if we repent (Acts 26:20, Rev 3:19)
- if we turn and change our sinful way (Acts 26:20, Rom 11:26, 2 Cor 3:16)
Please notice that there are conditions to this legal court arrangement with your Advocate. God is Sovereign but yet we still have responsibility to ask and participate willingly in obedience.
If you are not a Christian, then you have serious legal issues when it comes to being judged by God and I would not wish to be in your shoes when this occurs. I have heard people say that will never happen, or I am not a bad person and do bad things. But, that is not true when you compare your goodness with God’s Holy Standards. In this section I want to address the fact that Law exists on the earth and that this LAW on the earth came from Heaven. Let’s examine verses that reveal where the earthly Law came from next:
Mal 4:4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
Here we have scriptural evidence and proof to the fact that God gave the law to Moses and Moses wrote it down for the children of Israel. This represents a scriptural witness of the testimony of God. This is what occurs during a trial. What I am demonstrating to you is that God invented laws, courts, judges, prosecutors, lawyers and judgments. These are not man made ideas, but we can see that they originated from our creator. Our courts in America were modeled by our founding fathers after God’s courts in heaven, if you did not know that you should learn and study that fact until you accept it. These founding fathers of the USA came from England to worship God freely without government control. They read their Bibles extensively and wrote about it clearly. I don’t have time to teach this and there are many other people that have books dedicated to this subject. Go search for them and read them please. Let’s read another witness testimony:
Neh 10:29 They clave to their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse, and into an oath, to walk in God’s law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the LORD our Lord, and his judgments and his statutes;
God said to let every word be established in the mouth of two or three witnesses. So here we have a second witness to the fact that the Old Testament books of the Bible were dictated by God to Moses His servant and these are the statutes and judgments of God. A statute is just a written law, so this is not that complicated. A judgment is a verdict issued by the judge, either of guilt or innocence towards those that are under the law.
Ok, I can hear the questions being raised by my last paragraph. Many will ask doesn’t the Bible say the Church is under Grace and not the LAW? We can all read Romans 6:14-15 where Paul teaches us that the church is not under the law, but now is under Grace. Many people take these truths and attempt to make them the only truth and that is still a problem. For example, Jesus said “A NEW COMMANDMENT I GIVE YOU, THAT YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER, AS I HAVE LOVED YOU”. Does Romans 6 overrule the statement of JESUS? ABSOLUTELY NOT! This new law given to Christians is still in effect.
In another Bible lesson that I did on this subject of the Courts of Heaven, I taught a lesson that I learned from my family. Perhaps you read it. My natural father was judged and died at a very young age because he did not walk in love and obey this commandment. If you don’t believe me, that is not my problem because I know it is the truth. My father did not take advantage of his access to his legal advocate. He did not confess his sin, He did not repent or try to change his way. How, do I know? Because he died. He was warned by a man of God to come and see him and talk to him about this issue. My father did not go and he died 3-4 months later. My father was a Christian, a graduate of two Bible schools, a pastor of 3 different churches and yet he died a young man. If you believe that this cannot happen to you then that demonstrates Satan’s victory over your mind.
We have clearly shown from the Bible that God has an established legal system in place now on the earth by His law given through Moses. We have learned that this law came from Heaven. I wonder if it was modeled after what already existed? We can clearly see that God is the author of these laws. I believe these Words stand for eternity on the earth and in heaven based upon Luke 16:17 alone.
I can still sense resistance in the spiritual realm rejecting this teaching on the application of the law in the New Covenant. Do you remember what Paul wrote in Romans 13:10? Paul clearly teaches us that Love is the fulfillment of the law. In other words when we love our brother on the earth, we will not murder him, steal from him, commit adultery with his wife, lie to him, etc. Do you see the New Covenant direct connection to the O.T. LAW? It is right in front of your face just accept it. If we don’t love, we are breaking the LAW.
I’ll give you another example very quickly that is also very important. In Ephesians 6:2 Paul very clearly quotes one O.T. Commandment that if we honor our father and mother that this was the first law that promised us a long life on the earth. Wow, that means if we don’t do this we can die young. Paul did not teach us that this did not apply to those under grace, no in fact he taught the opposite. I hope and pray you receive this.
Are you perfect in walking in love? I know I am not yet. I am trying my best with the help of the Holy Spirit to improve in this area and I hope you are also. What I am saying is that we are all still under a new law. We don’t have to sacrifice animals anymore to atone for our sins because Jesus the Lamb of God was our sacrifice. But, we are still required in the New Covenant to confess, ask, repent and change for not walking in love. This is true whether you know it or not. You ignorance of the truth or the law is NOT a legal defense that will stand in God’s Court or on the earth.
So who is the most qualified to defend us against any charge raised against the law of love if not for the creator of the law Himself? This is just basic logic and I hope and pray that you can see it. This is why when the Bible calls Jesus my advocate, I feel very confident that I have the best legal advice possible because He is the one that wrote the law that He is defending me from.
We have seen a couple of verses that reveal many legal terms concerning judgments and statutes. Let’s examine the Bible for scriptures to see if we even need a spiritual legal advocate or not. We will focus first on the ending White Throne Judgment:
Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
According to the Word of God, the Bible clearly declares a day is coming when the books will be opened before the Supreme Court Judge of the Spiritual World. This verse also clearly tells us that God keeps records in books of everything that has transpired on the earth. So everyone who thinks that they have gotten away with things on the earth will be severely disappointed to know they have actually gotten away with nothing. This verse implies the need for a good advocate and spiritual legal counselor before entering because God is going to judge people whether they want Him to or not.
This verse says that the “dead” were judged from what was recorded in these books according to their works. The dead is simply a name for people that have never accepted Jesus or they accepted Jesus and turned back to love their old ways more. A more accurate definition of “being spiritually dead” literally means a person that does not know God and does not have the further opportunity to change to get to know God. We understand this from the definition of “eternal life” given by Jesus in John 17:3 where Jesus said “This is life eternal that they might know thee the only True God and Jesus Christ who you have sent”. The antithesis of knowing is not knowing and the opposite of life eternal is death eternal.
Therefore, this Judgement taking place in Revelation 20 is not about saved Christians that have already given their lives to the Advocate. Also the works mentioned here are of course either positive or negative things said or done in the body. Maybe you think differently and believe that you can get by on this Judgment Day by your own merits and good things that you have accomplished in your life on the earth. I’m sure you have never lied, or stolen anything in all of your days on the earth. I’m sure you have never spoken an evil word about your family or your neighbor. You have been a perfect example of a man or a woman that we could all look up to. This would a very self-righteous attitude that I think many believe. But, Judgment Day will come when these books are opened, then we will all see exactly what was said or done and it will be read for everybody whose names were not found in the Book of Life. Their works will then be revealed completely on this day. I think many will be very surprised on when the verdicts are read.
Act 13:39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
To be justified is a Greek word that means to be found innocent. This is clearly a term for a positive judicial verdict from a judge or a jury. To be justified by my faith in Jesus is what this is verse is speaking of. We can read this in Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11 and Hebrews 10:38 for they all say that the just shall live by faith. Again we see in these verses that those who are justified and found innocent are those that live by the faith of God and what was accomplished by Him in Jesus Christ.
Being found Innocent is the directly opposed positive position for the negative verdict of being found guilty. Whenever we are found innocent there is no punishment phase of the trial necessary. An innocent man or woman gets to walk out of the front door of the court house like everyone else. However, a guilty man or woman is not so blessed or fortunate. Ok, let’s shift our focus to living as a Christian in the world today. Are we ever judged? Many teach that we are not, but that is not what the Bible says:
1Co 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
This verse is written to Christians about Christians. The key point to this verse will be for Christians to not be “condemned” with the world. By stating it this way God warns us that we still can be condemned with the world. The term “condemned” means to be found guilty, which represents a judgment against us containing a sentenced punishment for a crime. This verse compares two radically different types of people; 1) those unsaved people of the world that will be condemned versus 2) Christians who have the potential to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil to not be condemned. This verse clearly teaches us that Christians can still be judged and corrected by the Judge in heaven. Notice that this judging is implied to be happening right now in this life before we go to heaven. That agrees completely with the verse in Revelation 12:10 that I mentioned earlier. I hope you know this verse. It is so very important that I want to give it again:
Rev 12:10 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.
Please memorize this verse. It is a future prophecy that has not yet happened. When it does occur at the midpoint of the tribulation Satan will be cast out of heaven and loud voice will proclaim salvation for those in the kingdom of God (the Church). But, notice the end of the verse says the “accuser” (legal opponent in court) of Christian Brothers and Sisters will end. It also says that it has been going on both day and night up until this point in time. That is critical to learn. That means these accusations and judgments are being handed out for someone today, believe it or not.
Therefore, when Christians are judged we can accept the chastening (correction) and confess, ask, repent and turn our course back to holiness or we can still suffer the consequences of our sin and this may result in our early death. Satan has many ways to gain access into your life. I can’t name them all. We are all in need of prayer to ask our Advocate to help show us what is allowing Satan this entrance. Pray and ask Him. See what He says and then agree and repent quickly.
I can still sense the opposition to this type of teaching in my spirit. There is so much of the Bible that we do not know that we resist whatever is not pleasant to our itchy ears. We want an easy life of salvation with no issues or problems. We don’t want to be warned. We don’t want to admit guilt or responsibility. We don’t want to be corrected and told we are wrong and that we must change our ways. I would strongly suggest that everyone go and read the letters written to the seven churches in Revelation chapters 2 and 3 over and over. Jesus is speaking to the church and warning them to change, make corrections, repent or else He can blot their names out of the book of life and they can be condemned with the world like we just read in 1 Corinthians 11:32.
Please look up the Greek words in 1 Corinthians 11:32. The word translated as “judged” can mean “someone is suing you in a court of law”. Wow, I did not know this 10 years ago. The Lord has been teaching the body of Christ this and it is eye opening. There are more legal terms in the Bible than you can possibly imagine. They are found from Genesis to Revelation. This verse in 1 Corinthians teaches us that we can be judged in court as a Christian and a correction can be sentenced. This occurs if we fail to judge our self and make corrections. If we are hard hearted and refuse correction we may be devoured by our legal adversary (1 Peter 5:8). I hope you are reading all of these lessons in the series because they are so critical to know before Jesus returns.
We can clearly see the need for a spiritual advocate named Jesus Christ by placing our faith in Him now we will miss the Great White Throne Judgment that will occur after the Great Tribulation. But, we learn in the Bible that there are other trials happening before the tribulation. These are court cases occurring for Christians because Satan our adversary brings us up before God’s court to accuse us day and night. God must be fair and just. God must hear the case if he has legal grounds he must render a verdict.
In every trial the one that is being charged it is always demanded for the accused to plead their guilt or innocence of the accusations being read before them as the trial begins. I believe very seriously that this is the way judgments are being given out by God even today. How can we plead our case now in this life? We find part of the answer in 1 John 1:9 where the Holy Spirit said to the church “If we confess our sins (meaning to agree), He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. We find another part of the answer in Revelation 12:11:
Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
You may not understand that it is totally dependent upon your faith confession is what Jesus has accomplished for us now that will determine how we will be judged, but this is exactly how the Bible declares. Verse 10 was speaking of Christians and this verse is no different. We must “plead the Blood of Jesus” in every court case we are in. After a charge is brought for the Supreme Judge and you are asked how you plead, answer “I plead the Blood of Jesus”. According to this statement God also says we will overcome our adversary with His blood and our spoken testimony. What does that mean?
The Greek word G3141 translated as “testimony” literally means “evidence given in a court of law”. Can you see the direct connection to a heavenly courtroom? Why would a Christian need a testimony in God’s Court in addition to the Blood of Jesus? Many believe the Blood of Jesus is all sufficient and all powerful so that we need nothing else. Those that believe this truth alone are easily swayed into an extreme teaching of “Universal Salvation” that claims God saves everyone, including Satan. But, that is not what the Bible teaches us.
No, we are required to speak as a witness in our own defense. But, I believe that this is done now on the earth and not when we get to heaven. What you say now determines where you will be after you die physically.
Heb 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession (confession, testimony).
Heb 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession (confession) of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
Why are Christians told to hold fast our professions now? Why must we have a profession in the first place? Then what is it that we should be professing right now? A profession by the Greek definition of this word is a verbal confession. This word also comes from a Greek root word that means to “promise” or “covenant”. That begins to make more sense to me. When a husband and wife get married, they repeat marriage vows where they promise to be faithful to each other. This is really what these verses are saying to us. In our marriage covenant to Jesus Christ, we exchange words of promise to covenant together with our God to be faithful to Him. So our confession by definition is the spoken words that come out of our mouths in this world to covenant with Him. These are the words that we are told to hold fast to. In God’s court system in heaven it only matters what you say here in this world and you will not be allowed to speak and say something different up there after you die. I hope you understand this, for it is very important.
The Bible and Jesus said something that is highly relevant to any judgment trial that will take place. Jesus said in Matthew 12:37, by your words you are justified and by your words you are condemned. This is a very clear admission of our own innocence or quilt being a statement that comes from our own mouth today. Did you know this? Did you know that God said you will be judged and either convicted or found innocent based upon your own words? Did you know that Jesus said that what you say right now is what determines your guilt or innocence in His Court in Heaven? This is what God said and not what I said so either learn to accept it now or be judged by it. This is why it is important to learn to control what we say now and then to do what God said in this verse in Hebrews to hold fast to our good profession or confession of Christ as our Lord. I will wrap this lesson up by telling you what Jesus will say on your behalf in court now or on the final Judgment Day if you are a Christian right now.
Mat 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
Here is a statement that confirms what I have been teaching you from the mouth of God Himself. This verse clearly says that if you confess Jesus before other men on the earth today, right now, He will confess you before God His Father in heaven. So again it matters what you say today to what He will say in heaven. Get it? Here is another verse that declares this only using different words and descriptive terms:
Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Here we can again see that it matters what we say in the world. God tells us that if we believe in Jesus being raised from the dead and we then “confess” Him to be our Lord, that we would then be saved. To be saved is the opposite of being condemned or sentenced to death. These are simple legal terms and profound Bible truths. To many ignorant critics who believe that God controls everything including our final outcome in eternity, you are just deceived into believing what Satan wants you to believe. By people not doing what Jesus and the Bible say to do, people seal their fate to a Godless eternity. Jesus will not be there to defend you if you do not accept Him as your defender here in this life right now. Learn the legal lessons given to us in the Bible and accept Him as your advocate today, you will be extremely happy that you did later, I promise.
Rev 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels
God Bless, you all and please share these lessons with all of your friends and relatives. If you would like to continue reading about God’s Heavenly Legal and Court System please .
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