“I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, little children, because you know the Father.”
We, the little children, know our Father in heaven for He has revealed Himself to us. We live our lives in His loving and peaceable presence and He allows us to serve and worship Him for our good and His glory. As children we relate to our Father in heaven as our loving God who has made it possible for us to have spiritual life and growth. He has bought our place in His loving and eternal family, through the death of our Saviour and brother, Jesus Christ. He is the one who has made it all possible so that we can be so familiar with the Lord our God. To know God is the greatest of privileges – to be on loving terms with the God of the Universe is beyond blessing. To know that our sin is dealt with and we can stand in His presence because of Christ, is the most liberating fact of all.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who don’t walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”
When we grow and become stronger in the faith, we are better able to overcome the evil one who troubles us and tempts us to give up and give in. He will stop at nothing to destroy our peace with the Father and tempt us to fall into sin and destroy our faith. It causes us such problems and takes great battles to renew our place before the Lord. We fight against the forces of self that we have allowed to build up and take us away from the presence of the Lord in our life and tempting us to settle for the things of this life, rather than the joy of the Lord. We keep close to the Lord and walk daily in peace with Him.
“For he is our peace, who made both one, and broke down the middle wall of partition…”
Eventually we become mature in the faith and we know God well and have walked with Him all our Christian life. We know the Word of God and have read and meditated on its truths for the many years of our Christian life and therefore see the God we love clearly in that same word. To know the eternal God, the Creator of the ends of the earth is an immense privilege and gives us strength and peace in Him. We face Him in the confidence of our faith, which will not fail, for He will keep us to the end.
“… being fully persuaded that God was able to do what He had promised.”