CHRIST our ADVOCATE: “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” (1 Jn 2:1). The word advocate (par-ak’-lay-tos) refers to someone “called to one’s side to give aid; one who takes up another’s cause; in the widest sense, a helper, comforter, or assistant” (W.E. Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words). “Advocate” is used both of Christ and of the Holy Spirit who is called “another (of the same kind) Paraclete (Advocate or Comforter).” The Lord Jesus speaks on our behalf at God’s right hand, where we also have an adversary, “the accuser of our brethren” (Rev 12:10). There Christ looks after our interests in the heavens. We say with triumph, “Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies” (Rom 8:33). Meanwhile on earth, the Holy Spirit acts as Christ’s Agent with us, looking after His interests in our hearts. We are very well looked after. —J.B.N.