A sneak preview of Monday Night’s study–John’s logic in 1 John 2:1 and its implications for believers:
Jesus Christ is the Righteous One.
And He is our “advocate” before the Father.
The Father is God. God is the offended party “if anyone sins.”
But remember, a totally perfect Man (the Righteous One) advocates before the offended One. God will hear Him, and by implication, agree.
But Jesus Christ is also God. Therefore, what John reports is that when we sin God advocates to Himself for us. And He does it on the basis of a perfect human righteousness that He earned in Jesus Christ. (As if He says: “They may not be perfect, Father, but I am.”)
The upshot of all this? Everyone who trusts in this Advocate can know that God is for them–100%