7433 - Young Men - 1 John 2:12-14

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We’re glad you have joined us today for a short study in a portion of God’s Word.

We are now focusing on 1 John 2:12-14, a passage where John gives words of encouragement to his readers.

It seems that John groups every Christian, young and old, male and female, in one of three groups; these are called dear children, fathers and young men. Some view these groups as spiritual levels through which each has passed or through which they will pass before entering the heavenly kingdom.

Let me read these verses, then we will speak about them.

“I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name. I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, dear children, because you have known the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.”

In previous studies we have focused upon the fact that all the readers have experienced that great joy of becoming a child of God. John calls these ‘dear children.’

Friend, every Christian must enter God’s family as a spiritual child. The chronological age really doesn’t matter. I have known people who were past seventy years old on earth when they became a child of God. It is also true that some are very young in age, even before age 10, when the Holy Spirit opened their spiritual eyes and they became spiritual children. This truth gives a great unity to the body of Christ. There’s only one way to enter, and every Christian has come into the family by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The emphasis on this group is that they have come to know the Father God, and have had their sins forgiven because God’s just requirements were satisfied for each Christian by the Son of God, Jesus Christ, when He died as the atoning sacrifice on the cross. Because of His death in our place, our sins have been forgiven and put away. Every consequence of these sins has been put aside, removed from us. The separation between Holy God & each new child of God was closed. Every guilt, every defilement, every penalty was removed at the cross of Christ so we will never face them again.

In our last study we reviewed the truth which John emphasizes by twice repeating the same phrase regarding those called fathers in this passage – each one has come to have an intimate, experiential, knowledgeable relationship with the Triune God –– Father, Son & Holy Spirit.

This is the closest, most intimate relationship words can convey; and each mature Christian has entered this relationship.

The third group are called young men. In verse 13 John tells us “You have overcome the evil one.” Then in verse 14 John emphasizes, “you are strong and the Word of God lives in you,” then he says again, “you have overcome the evil one.”

This group of believers have come a long way from being children. Twice John stresses that each of these has overcome the evil one. That means they have engaged in spiritual warfare. They have come to realize that there is an evil enemy who prowls around seeking some preoccupied believer whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). And they have come to realize that we are commanded to resist this enemy, the devil & his demons. He loves to destroy the peace & contentment of believers, and even to compromise their life by sin so that their testimony is destroyed.

A second important point is given regarding these young, strong, eager ones. Listen –– “the Word of God lives in you.” Is this true of you? Psalm 119:11 reads, “I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

In Ephesians 6:17 we are told that the only offensive weapon in the Christian’s armor is the Word of God. What an important truth! We need to have God’s Word in our heart for ready use by the Holy Spirit in spiritual warfare. May we ask the Lord to record His Word in our heart for ready reference. He will do this if you ask in faith.

I’m glad the Lord used John to write these encouraging words to each & every believer. You are in one of these groups.