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Spiritual Growth (6 of 20)
Dr. Stan Coffey
I John 2:12-14
All these messages I'd like to preach, but that's the way I am about all my sermons. I'd just like to preach them to everybody. It seems like I can't get everybody together at one time. These are such important messages, and God has so many good things to say to us. I want to talk about Spiritual Growth.
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. (I John 2:12-14)
We know that the spiritual life begins with a spiritual birth just as physical life begins with physical birth. We are born into the family of God. Jesus said to Nicodemus and He says to every one of us, "Ye must be born again." That's the way we're brought into God's family. The Bible says that "We're born again not of corruptible seed but of incorruptible by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever. Of His own will beget He us by the word of truth." We are brought into spiritual existence, into spiritual life, through a spiritual birth.
So with this in mind, John writes, I write unto you, little children. This is one of the ways in which John greets all of those who are part of the family of God. The word there for little children is a general term; it is teknogonia. It applies to every person who's been born into the family of God. So generally he's saying, "I'm writing this to all born-again believers." I'm writing unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for His name's sake.
Now folks, we're different sizes and different ages and have different jobs and come from different walks of life and have different talents and abilities, but all of us who are born again have one wonderful thing in common, and John mentioned what it was. He said, "I write unto you who are part of the family of God because your sins have been forgiven for His name's sake." Why does God forgive our sin? Because of what Jesus has done for us, not what we have done for ourselves. For His name's sake, because Jesus went to the cross of Calvary, and there He satisfied the sin debt that was against us.
But it's so wonderful to think about what God has done with our sins. That would be enough to get us on shouting ground if we didn't do anything else except just appreciate what God's done with our sins. The Bible says that He's put our sins as far as the east is from the west. He's put our sins behind His back. He remembers our sins against us no more. Aren't you glad that because y ...
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