Under the house where I grew up, on the farm, we had a celler (Not a basement) with a dirt floor where my mother stored all the fruits and vegetables we had raised for the winter. On the cellar side of the door, my mother would periodically have me stand with my back to the door … More
In our text today, John points out three categories of believers. We see in these categories three stages of spiritual development in our quest for spiritual maturity. The three stages of Christian growth are children, fathers, and young men (vv. 12-14). I do not believe these categories have anything to do with age or gender. It is possible for someone to be seventy years old and still be a spiritual babe. Perfection is not the goal, progress is. We don’t want to be at the same place as we were last year, we want to be moving upward. John is addressing and classifying these various stages of spiritual growth. Each group (stage of growth) is mentioned twice with two reasons for writing attached to each. By grouping them together we observe the following:
The Bible clearly teaches that the goal of every Christian believer is to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and into full Christian maturity. The question I need to ask myself is where am I in this quest for maturity in Christ?
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I John 1:1-4Is your fellowship grounded in God’s Word?
I John 1:5-7What effects your relationships?
I John 1:8-10Sins’ reality and remedy
I John 2:1-6Tests of true knowledge
I John 2:7-11God’s people are to love one another
I John 2:12-14Three categories of believers
I John 2:15-17Worldliness is a matter of the heart
I John 2:18-22The opponent of Christ
I John 2:23-27Jesus and God are one
I John 2:28-29Twisting the Scriptures
I John 3:1-3A clear description of God’s Children
I John 3:4-8Reasons why Jesus died on the cross
I John 3:9-12I have two dogs living in me
I John 3:11-16Don’t be surprised if the world hates you
I John 3:17-18Love is an action, not a feeling
I John 3:19-24Doctrine and love are both needed
I John 4:1-3Don’t believe everything you hear
I John 4:4-6Sure tests for true teaching
I John 4:7-12Love is an action
I John 4:13-21Pretending is not a mark of maturity
I John 5:1-5What must I do to be saved?
I John 5:6-08Proof that Jesus is God
I John 5:09-15Instrument for getting God’s will done on earth
I John 5:16-21Given over to the worship of Idols