Most believers when they see the title of ‘Heavenly Advocate’ would immediately assume the topic would be regarding our representation before the throne of God. The Holy Spirit does that, he does a wonderful job of doing that for us. But the job of advocacy is not only resting on the Holy Spirit. Someone else also carries a responsibility for being an advocate as well.
My little children, I am writing you these things so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ the righteous one. He himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world.
1 John 2:1-2 (CSB)
This is the typical idea that comes to our minds when we consider advocacy and especially when we attach heaven to it.
It is right that we do this, but advocacy doesn’t stop at the Holy Spirit representing us to God the Father on our behalf. This form of advocacy is assured as disciples of Jesus.
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever.
John 14:16 (CSB)
But there is yet another ‘heavenly advocate’ spoke of in the scripture that we should be keenly aware of. This other advocacy involves a different representative to a different audience. The audience is not far from any of us. That advocate is even closer.
That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and he has committed the message of reconciliation to us.
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf: “Be reconciled to God.”
2 Corinthians 5:19-20 (CSB)
Did you catch that last sentence in the quote from Second Corinthians? ‘We plead on Christ’s behalf: “Be reconciled to God.”’
You, I, and everyone who places their hope and trust in the saving blood of the Savior immediately becomes the advocate of Christ Jesus to the world around them. This is an inescapable truth in the scripture, failing to take up this responsibility, means we fail to fulfill our role and responsibility as followers of Christ.
That doesn’t mean that we have to stand on the street corners and proclaim the Gospel to all who pass, but it does mean that when we are standing on the street corner, we should be the representatives of Jesus to all who pass by.
It simply isn’t ‘someone else’s job’ to be the light of the world. World lighting begins and ends with us!
“You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house.”
Matthew 5:14-15 (CSB)
Our role as the advocates of Jesus is so very clear in the Gospel. We have chosen to ignore that responsibility and choose only to focus on who is representing us before the Father.
Brothers and Sisters, it should not be this way. There are two ‘heavenly advocates’ and one of them is us. This is a dictate of advocacy that is intended to cover the world from the standpoint of every believer that is breathing.
We don’t necessarily have to be a Billy Gram or Billy Sunday, but we are sons and daughters of the Lord Most High and with that adoption into the family of God we have been given the charge to be heaven’s advocate for Christ Jesus to the world around us. Some of us are and will be called to speak the case for the Gospel to a broader spectrum of individuals, others will only be responsible for that neighbor or person they meet in passing.
But each of us must maintain vigilance and dedication to presenting that light of life because we are the ‘Light of the World’ and the advocates of Jesus in this world.
This charge was again underscored by our Lord before he left us to prepare our home in heaven. The Great Commission at the end of the book of Matthew, the very last two verses, he says “Go”.
Any doubt you had in your mind that we are the advocates of Christ in this world should be totally gone by the time you carefully read those last two verses. Verses that were not spoken only to the apostles or those present when he said them. They were words that were intended for each and every believer who invests their trust and hope in the grace of the one who took their punishment for crimes we couldn’t possibly pay for.
I’m not going to quote those two verses at the end of the book of Matthew. I would much rather you look them up in your Bibles or online.
They tell us, to ‘go’ to all the world. Make disciples, you do that by speaking the Good News of the Gospel. Teach those disciples to obey everything Jesus has taught us so that they too become disciple makers.
We don’t necessarily need to go to ‘a mission field’ to fulfill this directive by our Lord, because our mission field is where we are. Our lights should be shining, and we should be proclaiming through our walk, behavior, demeanor, and very presence, that we serve a role as a follower of Jesus to be his advocate to all who are in our path.
No exceptions, we are a “Heavenly Advocate!”
In His Grace,