The One who Vouches for you.
(Vouches = Instaan / Goedstaan – egtheidwaarborg)
Pastor George Lehman
The word vouch: Bear witness to – to back up support – throw one’s weight behind.
“Do I believe that God is right here, ready to be my comfort and strength in every situation?” – Erin Straza
God is committed to your success!!!
Intro: A man wrote a letter to a small Hotel in the Country he wanted to stay at for his vacation. He wrote: “I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well groomed and very well trained and behaved. I will keep him in the room at night.” An immediate reply came back from the Hotel owner: “I’ve been operating the hotel for years and I’ve never had a dog steal towels, silverware or pictures. I’ve never had to evict a dog late at night for being drunk and disorderly, and I’ve never had a dog run out and not pay the Hotel bill. So, yes indeed you dog is welcome at my hotel. And if your dog will vouch for you, you’re welcome to stay here too.”
People who are living / abiding in the truth Jesus will vouch for them.
The Bible says we have an advocate with the Father Jesus Christ the righteous. (What an awesome truth, He vouches for us before the Father.)
1 John 2:1-2 (NIV) – My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an *advocate with the Father-Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
*Where is our advocate, Notice – He is with the Father.
The Advocate: It’s a word called Parakletos
John 14:16 (Amp) – And I will ask the Father and He will give you another Helper [Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor – Counsellor, Strengthener, Standby], to be with you forever
5 Things an Advocate can do:
#1. He stands with you when you are in trouble.
Notice John says: “If anyone sins” we have an advocate. (God wants you to live an overcoming life.)
I believe John wrote humbly by stating “We have an Advocate”
He realised his own weakness and need for and advocate
How Paul himself understood he needed an advocate:
Romans 7:18-20 (NIV) – 18For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do-this I keep on doing. 20Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
Romans 7:24-25 (NIV) – 24What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.
Thank God for His mercy through our Lord Jesus Christ. He comes to us in our sin.
We too have a responsibility:
Proverbs 28:13 (NIV) – Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
Jesus doesn’t just help you out when you doing good, He helps you out when you fall into the bad.
Who knows the heart of man better than God?
Jeremiah 17:9-10 (ESV) – 9The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately sick; who can understand it? 10”I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”
#2. He gives you a recommendation when you need it.
How many of us had to have a reference – Someone who would recommend us for a new job, or receive promotion, to testify to our Character.
1 John 2:2 (NIV) – 2He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
This speaks of the sprinkling of blood as a sacrifice on the Mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant.
As the High priest stood between God and the people of Israel, Jesus stands between us and God due to our sin.
Hebrews 4:15-16 (NIV) – 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet he did not sin. 16Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
#3. He puts His reputation at stake to help yours.
Philippians 2:7 (KJV) – But made himself of no reputation and took upon him the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men.
This is such an unexplainable beautiful picture of what Jesus did for us.
He made Himself of “No reputation” He laid it all on the line so we can have a reputation before God
Our reputation becomes our testimony. (How important is our testimony)
Revelation 12:11 (NIV) – They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.
How willing are we to extend love and grace to someone who has brought reproach upon themselves to restore them to hope?
#4. He seeks Mercy for us when we don’t deserve it.
Mercy and Grace are often confused; to summarize the difference:
Mercy – is God not punishing us as our sins deserve.
Grace – is God blessing us despite the fact we do not deserve it.
Matthew 9:13 (NIV) – “But go and learn what this means: “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (They were judging Jesus because of who he was friendly with.)
Lamentations 3:21-22 (Amp) – 21But this I call to mind, therefore I have hope. 22It is because of the Lord’s *loving kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassion's never fail.
*Loving kindness = Mercies
#5. He does what He does because of who He is NOT who you are.
Romans 4:7-8 (NIV) – 7Blessed are those who transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. 8Blessed is the one who sin the Lord will never count against them.”
Psalm 16:2 (NIV) – I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”
Zephaniah 3:16-17 (Amp) – 16In that day it will be said to Jerusalem: “Do not be afraid, O Zion; do not let your hands fall limp. 17The Lord your God is in your midst, a Warrior who saves.” He will rejoice over you with joy; He will be quiet in His love [making no mention of your past sins], He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.