(Jn 8:55, cp Jesus' Upper Room warning to His disciples - Jn 16:1-3), John alludes to the evil one and explains who belongs to his family (there are only 2 spiritual families - in Christ or in Adam, the former having God as Father, the latter having Satan as father) - "For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another; not as Cain, who was of the evil one (poneros) (clearly "like father, like son"!) Other occurrences of for His Name's sake - Ps 23:3; 31:3; 79:9; 109:21; 143:11; Jer 14:7. No cure for sin in the life is equal to the Word in the seat of life, which is the heart. 12–14); and then he gives the appeal itself (15–17). (Da11:32-note). Hamartia in the Bible signifies a departure from God's holy, perfect standard of what is right in word or deed (righteous). This page was last modified on September 15, 2017, at 7:09 AM. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. Nor fear, with Thy righteousness on, my person and off’ring to bring. Very great, large or populous; as a mighty city.
When John said, “Ye have known him [that is] from the beginning,” he did not mean, “Ye have known concerning him,” or “known about him,” but “ye have known him.” Spiritual fathers have lived in fellowship with Him, walked with Him, and talked with Him. Such was the applause bestowed upon them by the apostle, that he might animate and encourage them to persevere to the end. Again a reference to Satan. Nowhere is it more certain that idleness is the precursor of illness. John’s statements here are meant to awaken such confidence among his readers (cf. In these verses John wants to reach out to the church with affection and encouragement. "E.W. Comment: In Mt 12:28 Jesus declared the kingdom of God had come, because He had displayed His sovereign rule and power over even the strong man (Satan) and his demonic hordes! In that prison he wrote his immortal Pilgrim's Progress. Sam Storms - If "because" is the correct rendering, John is saying: " Since these things are true of you, I felt it important to write this epistle to deepen your assurance of faith and with additional instructions about how you should live out your life in Christ." If you have trusted in Jesus Christ, God says that your sins are forgiven for His name’s sake. (Sermon to the Lord's Little Children). Be diligent about searching the Scriptures and studying the Word. Hebrews 6:18 so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. "Commentary on 1 John 2:14". The door closed behind him, and the peasant forgot everything in his rapture at finding this vast fortune. and you have overcome the evil one. God was Father. Finally, he said quietly, “Gentlemen, we’ve forgotten Jesus’ solution to our leadership issue. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing. 13 I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from (1John 5:18-19), Again Jesus explained what it meant to know the Father as He answered doubting Thomas declaring "I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me. Seal it for Thy courts above. Phillips: Yes, I have written these lines to you all, dear children, because you know the Father; to you fathers because of your experience of the one who has always existed, and to you young men because you have all the vigour of youth, because you have a hold on God's truth and because you have defeated the evil one. You have overcome the evil one - "They had overcome, not temptation, but the Tempter!" so that in (note the positional nature of this preposition) Me (see related study in Christ) you may have peace (eirene). Why? BibliographyCoke, Thomas. Jesus said to him, "Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? 1 John 2:12 I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven you for His name's sake.