Maturing in Faith

Written on 02/20/2024
Christian Dunn

Verse: 1 John 2:12-13 

I am writing to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of His name. 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.

In this passage, the apostle John addresses different groups within the community of believers: children, fathers, and young men. Each group represents a different stage of spiritual growth and experience. Through these words, John reminds us of the assurance of our salvation and the unique blessings that come with a relationship with Jesus Christ, for everyone throughout any stage of life.

To the "dear children," John speaks directly to those who have recently come to faith in Christ. He wants to assure them that their sins have been forgiven through the power of Jesus' name. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we experience the incredible gift of His forgiveness. Our past mistakes and sins are washed away, and we are given a fresh start. As children of God, we can find comfort and peace in knowing that our sins are no longer held against us. I like to think this part for “children”, is metaphorically for us at the beginning of our walk with the Lord as we learn who we are in Him. It’s also a reminder that pertains daily still. The world tries to take my attention away from my identify in Him as a redeemed daughter, so this reminds me to come back to the basics of what I know to be true.

Next, John addresses the "fathers" or mature believers. These individuals have a deep and intimate knowledge of God, having walked with Him for some time. John acknowledges their wisdom and understanding of the eternal nature of God. These fathers have witnessed God's faithfulness throughout their lives and have a strong foundation in their relationship with Him. As fathers in the faith, they serve as examples and guides for those who are younger in their spiritual journey.

Lastly, John writes to the "young men" who have overcome the evil one. These young men represent believers who have actively resisted the temptations and schemes of the enemy. They have not been swayed by the allure of worldly pleasures but have chosen to stand firm in their faith. John commends them for their perseverance and encourages them to continue living victoriously by the power of the Holy Spirit. Friend, this can be any of us. The fight is new every single moment of every single day. The enemy uses the world to try to pull our attention away so that we take our eyes off of Him. Even when we mess up, He is with us, fighting for our next victory.

This passage reminds us that our salvation is not a one-time event but a lifelong journey. It will change and grow as we walk through all different seasons of life. We all start as children in our faith, but as we grow and mature, our relationship with God deepens. We gain a greater understanding of His character and His faithfulness. We also learn to overcome the challenges and temptations that come our way.

Regardless of which stage we find ourselves in, we can take comfort in the assurance of our salvation. Our sins are forgiven, we have been redeemed, and we have the opportunity to experience a personal and intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father. Let us strive to grow in our faith, seeking wisdom from those who have gone before us, and actively resisting the enemy's attacks. As we do so, we can walk confidently in the victory that Jesus has already fought the battle and won for us.


Guest Author: Becca Artymenko