by Frank Damazio

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Empowered To Overcome (2 of 6)
Series: Live Like Jesus
Frank Damazio
I John 2:12-27

Intro: John now opens a new section of his epistle by reminding his readers of their identity in Christ. Because they were genuine members of God's family, they could successfully cope with the spiritual dangers around them. The Apostle John in I John 2:12-27 is going to give his fatherly concerns about things that destroy our fellowship with the Father. Here, his main concern is the love of the world - things the world uses to bait believers, causing them to be weakened, stumble, fall, or be spiritually knocked off course. John wants all believers, young and old, to see the danger of what the world can do. In this section, John unlocks the key for all believers to overcome and stay the course with power. It's in the word "anointing."

1. A Word for Mature Believers. These are the mature believers, those who are the pillars, leaders, mentors, the long-term believers, mature both in years and in faith, responsible, and mature people who were respected and looked up to. These are people who had grown in their faith from the beginning of the church, and had a journey or spiritual experience. They had already encountered the devil and had overcome.
I Jn 2:13 I write to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning.

Hebrews 5:12-14 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Mature believers understand that love of the world comes from the world, which passes away. Thus loving the world leads to death (I Jn 2:16-17). The knowledge they have is a deep, ongoing spiritual relatio ...

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