2012-04-11 - I Write to You
The Epistles of John ~ Part 27 ~ 1 John 2
Verse 12: What is John's message to new, young and mature believers? What is his message to you? First, John writes to those he identifies as children. The unbeliever, under the leading of the Holy Spirit, accepts the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. Consequently, the new believer is forgiven for all sins - past, present and future. The Christian life begins at salvation.
Verse 13: Believers, described here as fathers, having received the gift of salvation, have a relationship with the eternal God.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made" (John 1:1-3).
Consider this: as finite creatures, we have a personal relationship with the infinite eternal God. The depth of our knowledge grows over time, and is shown in the quality of our walk.
Remember, false teachers were saying that informational knowledge of God was maturity. But God teaches it is obedience over time that demonstrates the believer's maturity.
Next, John speaks to those he identifies as young men. Walking with the Lord means fighting the spiritual fight. Knowledge is a product of walking with God. And walking requires obedience, lived out in battle. The young express their walk, in the energy used in the midst of the battle. The battle here is against the evil one. Who is the evil one? Satan. These believers had stood firm in the past against Satan. Now they needed to stand firm against false teachers.
Even new believers know God. Maybe they don't have a lifetime experience of walking with Him. Maybe they haven't had any real battles yet. But they know the most important truth of all: They are saved; therefore, they know God.
To be continued.