1 John 2:12-14

by FBCMagnolia

1 John 2:12-14

 

[12] I am writing to you, little children, because
your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.

[13] I am writing to you, fathers, because
you know him who is from the beginning.

I am writing to you, young men, because
you have overcome the evil one.

I write to you, children, because
you know the Father.

[14] 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 abides in you,
and
you have overcome the evil one.

This section deals with How The Light Shines in Christians’ Convictions (v.12-14).

However, John’s aim is that they overcome the darkness, that they keep the commandments, that they
walk in the light, that they will be full of joy, and conquer hate, and love
each other with a love so real that the world will see it and give glory to
God.

Where Does Hope and
Courage to Fight Come From?

It comes from 1 John 2:12–14.

“Your sins are forgiven for Christ’s sake—even last weekend.  You do know Christ; he is not far away.  He is right behind the enemy.  And so in him you have already conquered the
enemy.”

There are two activities of Satan that the word of God enables us to overcome.

1)      Satan’s accusation.

2)      Satan’s temptation.

He accuses us with the sin that we have already done.  And he tempts us to do the sin we have not yet done.

The Victory of the Word over Satan’s Accusation

What John means is that Satan’s accusations fall to the ground—they are conquered—when
believers trust in the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, to cover all their
sins, and make that truth their testimony even if it costs them their lives.

The Victory of the Word over Satan’s Temptation

The reason is that all temptation tests your faith, and all testing of your faith
is a temptation to forsake the faith.

You have overcome the temptation to live in sin, and you have passed the test that
might have destroyed your faith.

How Does the Word of God help us Overcome Satan’s Lies?

Satan tempts and tests in only one way: He lies.  And in all his lying, it boils down to two lies.  In every test, his lie is: God is bad.  And in every temptation his lie is: Sin is better.

The word of God gives you the strength to overcome the evil.

By God’s grace, through the Spirit, it liberates from these lies with the truth.  John 8:32, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

God and Satan are not dual powers fighting it out to see who is more powerful.  God is in control and will one day in the return of Christ vanquish his enemy and establish the new heavens and the
earth.

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