1 John 2:14

1 John 2:14

I write to you, dear children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know 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 (1 John 2:14).

This verse is awesome in that it can be taken a few different ways. This, and the two before it, speak to different people. Children, fathers, young men, etc. But, if you think about it, these are also places that we visit within our walk with the Lord. As children, young in our faith, we know the Lord–we learn who he is. As young men (and women) we are strong because the Word of God lives in us! We have overcome the evil one with our salvation. And, when we are older in our faith (as fathers or mothers), we really come to know who God is. We don’t just know who he is as children, but who he is from the beginning–meaning that we have relationship with him because we understand his role, and ours.

On a different note, some take this verse as speaking of the Triune God. Obviously when John speaks of the Father, he means God the Father. But the reference to “him who is from the beginning” is speaking of Christ (we know this because of John’s Gospel). And the Word of God is another way of saying that the Spirit of God lives in us. Be comforted, friends, because the Word of God lives inside of you.

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