L. A. Marzulli
A Call To Battle!
1 John 2:13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him [that is] from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.
When we take a look at this verse we see three separate categories. The first that is presented, is Fathers. We see that the qualification for that position is that you have known him that is from the beginning.
The second category is that of young men ( and young women). The qualification here is more detailed and sobering because we read that these young men have overcome the wicked one!
The third is little children. The qualification here is that they have known the Father.
I want to dwell on the second category, because I think that what is being said here has been lost through the centuries and perhaps for the most part, ignored. John declares that these young men have over come the wicked one. In the next verse he amplifies his statement telling us that: I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.
Here we see three qualities that are in these young men. They are strong, the word is in them, and they have overcome the wicked one.
I believe that John is addressing three categories of Christians and some of us never move out of the little children stage. In other words, we have not overcome the wicked one. We have not won our battle with Satan.
This battle is what I want to dwell on today. I believe that until we win our battle, over sin, with the wicked one, we remain trapped in the little children stage of spiritual development. I have seen men and women who are decades old in their faith, yet remain trapped in this first category. This is critical for us to understand, as unless we win this battle, and it is different for each of us, we can’t move up to the front lines of ministry, for if we do, we will surely be cut down.
Where does this battle take place? It takes place in our minds and our weapons to fight it are not carnal but spiritual. Here’s how it works. The enemy of our souls can read our DNA. He knows who we are better than we know ourselves and his strategy is such that he will go out of his way to make sure we do not fulfill our destiny as Christians. He will sabotage us at every turn. He will whisper lies, cause distractions, place us on false trails, and keep us in bondage to sin.
You will notice that John tells us: and the word of God abideth in you,
This is how we win our battle with the Fallen One. When a thought comes into our minds we need to check it against what the scriptures say, which is why reading the word and putting it into us is so important. When Jesus was tempted in the desert he responded by taking his sword, the word of God, and countering that attack of Satan. We need to follow His example and learn to wield our swords. Sadly many of us fail to do so and thus remain in bondage to sin and the lies that the Fallen One whispers to us.
In closing today’s post. I met a person recently who talked about their past and how because of it wondered if they were saved. This was an easy one to answer as the counter stroke from our sword to hack apart the lie from the enemy, is: I am a new creature in Christ, old things have passed away! I instructed this person to take up their sword and strike down the thought! To put on the armor of God and use the sword of the spirit to get the victory! This is what sets us free and moves us from being little children to men and women of God who have won their battle.
Once it is won, we more than likely will find ourselves on the front lines, as we know, by experience how the battle is won. When Paul tells us to take every thought captive, he’s not joking. It is the way in which we get the victory over our flesh and then Satan. Let’s be bold and pick up our swords for the days are evil!