The Bible gives us accounts all through the Old and New Testaments of God’s children in unexpected circumstances. Time after time, we find God sending someone to encourage and often rescue His people.
We have all been in a place in our life when we have needed encouragement. In 1 John, that is exactly what John was doing for the church. He wrote this epistle to encourage God’s people. He wrote to remind them of who they were in Christ. Boy, have I had times in my life when I needed to be reminded that I am forgiven in Christ, and I have won the biggest battle in this life – the battle against Satan for my soul.
John writes, “I am writing to you who are God’s children because your sins have been forgiven through Jesus. I am writing to you who are mature in the faith because you know Christ, who existed from the beginning. I am writing to you who are young in the faith because you have won your battle with the evil one. I have written to you who are God’s children because you know the Father. I have written to you who are mature in the faith because you know Christ, who existed from the beginning. I have written to you who are young in the faith because you are strong. God’s word lives in your hearts, and you have won your battle with the evil one” (1 John 2:12-14 NLT).
John says his letter is written to God’s children. His letter is for us, all who have put our faith in Christ, God’s one and only Son. Even when we know in our hearts that we have everything we need in Christ, it sometimes feels like life’s challenges will overtake us. John reminds us that our sins have been forgiven, and we can do all things in Christ’s strength.
John writes to those who are mature in the faith. Romans 12:2 gives us a goal for which to strive, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
Growing in the Lord changes us. Our mind is transformed when we read, pray, and trust that Christ is weaved into everything we are, all we believe, and worship.
John also writes to encourage those that he refers to as young in the faith. Young in faith could be someone that gave their life to Christ yesterday or ten years ago. Time alone does not make us mature. Growing in the Lord takes commitment and devotion. We all, young or mature in the faith, need to be reminded that the pull of the evil one is strong. John’s letter is a reminder that though the fight will always continue for God’s children, the battle has been won!