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THE BOOK OF I JOHN
1 John 2:12-14
Wednesday, August 8, 2006
TEXT: 1 John 2:12-14, I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake.  I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.  I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.
INTRODUCTION: You will notice that John is writing to three different age groups: little children (little boys), young men and fathers. Keep in mind, he is not talking about age in years, rather he is talking about age in maturity.
Every Christian is at a certain level of growth or maturity in his/her Christian life. Some are newly saved—they are babes, some have been saved for awhile--these are young men, and some have been Christians for the better part of their lives—they are the mature fathers.
ILLUS: I remember when I was a boy; my mother had a place marked on the wall where she would measure our growth each year. I was always frustrated that my older brother's mark on the wall was above mine. I never did catch up. Today, he is 6' 1" and I am 6'.
But, there was a time when I passed him up (spiritually speaking)...I got saved before he did. He was saved about 10 years later. Now, he's still trying to catch me. I might add; he has grown tremendously since becoming a Christian. Just a few years ago, he entered Dallas Theological Seminary and graduated with a Master's Degree (at the age of 63). Quite an accomplishment, I would say.
Let's put down our outline:
I. LITTLE CHILDREN (VV. 12, 13c)
A. All Christians are God's children
1. The word ...
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