09-30: Pastoral Encouragement

1 John 2:12-14 (NIV)

Reasons for Writing

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

14 I write to you, dear children,
    because you know the Father.
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 lives in you,
    and you have overcome the evil one.

Notes:

1 - You have a secure position

2 - You have a power within you

3 - You have a relationship with God

Expanded translation:

12 I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been put away for you permanently because of His name. 13 I am writing to you fathers, because you have come to know experientially the One who is from the beginning, and as a present result are possessors of that knowledge. I am writing to you, young men, because you have gained the victory over the pernicious one. I write to you, little children under instruction, because you have come to know the Father experientially, with the present result that you are possessors of that knowledge. 14 I write to you fathers, because you have come to know experientially the One who is from the beginning, and are as a present result, possessors of that knowledge. I write to you, young men, because you are strong with endowed strength, and the Word of God in you is abiding, and you have gained the victory over the pernicious one.

Jeff W