It is my intention to complete this message in full written form. Until then, it is provided here in outline form with written introduction, notes and illustrations included. Since this is a work in progress, it may seem a little choppy in places.
Joy in Its Fullness

In 1 John 1:4 John says, "And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full." He gives here his reason for writing this epistle. He actually gives several reasons for writing the epistle throughout the book, but this one is the primary reason for his writing; in fact, the others fall under this first mentioned purpose of the book. The second reason given, "That ye sin not," is in chapter two verse one. The third reason is found in verses twelve through fourteen where he gives reasons for writing to little children, fathers, and young men. The fourth reason, because ye know the truth, is in verse twenty one, and this reason is concerning false prophets or antichrists. Then the fifth reason given is toward the end of the book in chapter five verse thirteen, which states "That ye may know that ye have eternal life." No doubt, these four latter reasons combine to make up the reason John speaks of in his introduction to the book, for when these are all considered, we have confidence that our joy may be full: these things show how to have joy in its fullness.

For the message at hand I would like to center our attention on reason number three where John gives reasons for writing to little children, fathers, and young men. In dealing with those three groups we'll touch on the other reasons as well.

1 John 2:12-14 says...

12 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake.

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.

14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him [that is] from the beginning. 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.

These three groups of Christians John is writing to could very well be literal age groups in which he has specific purposes for writing to. However, I feel there is much more here for us than that. I see all Christians in each of these groups when we think of them in the spiritual sense. John makes a beautiful analogy of the Christian life in these verses in which we as Christians should fit each catagory. These analogies are so important that John emphasises them by going through the list twice. He repeats them in almost the same words yet expounding them just a little.

I. As a Child, (v.12,13)

1. Our sins are forgiven, (v.12)

A. We must come as a child

(Matthew 18:3)

And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

(Mark 10:13-16)

13 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and [his] disciples rebuked those that brought [them].

14 But when Jesus saw [it], he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. 16 And he took them up in his arms, put [his] hands upon them, and blessed them.

B. Adults try to complicate forgiveness

(1. Man in Matt said what good thing must I do.

(2. Nicodemas came at night - Children come shamelessly

(3. Just simple faith

(Eph. 2:8,9)

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

2. We must realize that we are His Children, (v.13)

("Because ye have known the Father")

(John 1:12)

12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1)

The New Birth ["Born Again"]: (John 3:1-21) II. As a Father, (v.13,14)

(1 Corinthians 14:20)

"Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men."

1. We know Him from the beginning:

We know all about Him.

2. In wisdom, we learn the fundamental truths of God's


Meat/Milk: (Hebrews 5)

12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which [be] the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

13 For every one that useth milk [is] unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, [even] those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Study: (2 Timothy 2:15)

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

All the counsel: (Acts 20:27)

For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

Teach all things: (Matthew 28)

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.

Doctrine: (Know What You Believe)

(1 Timothy 4:16)

Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Light: (Psalms 119:105)

Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Riches in His word never run out: (Matthew 13:52)

Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe [which is] instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man [that is] an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure [things] new and old.

Illustration: Feeding the Five Thousand

III. As a Young Man, (vv. 13,14)

1. We are strong

2. The Word Abideth in us

(Psalms 119:11)

"Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

3. We can overcome the wicked one

Illustration: Jesus' Temptation

He used Scripture to defeat Satan.

Verses we can use to Defeat Satan

Conclusion: (I John 5:13-15)

1. That ye may know that ye have eternal life

2. We know that we have a Father

Note the order in which these are listed: little children, fathers, and young men. This is not the natural order. The natural order would be children, young men and then fathers, but the spiritual order is children, fathers and then young men. You must have the knowledge of the scripture as the wise father before you can be strong as the young man, having the Word of God hid in your heart or abiding in you.

Feeding the Five Thousand

John 6:5-14

5 When Jesus then lifted up [his] eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?

6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.

7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.

8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him,

9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?

10 And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.

11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.

12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.

13 Therefore they gathered [them] together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.

14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.

This is a great picture of the Word of God. Jesus used a person, the little boy, to produce the food, just as He used men or prophets to pen His Word. Then after He took it and blessed it, just as He inspired and preserved His Word, He gave it to His disciples to distribute to the people just as we have been given God's Word to spread to the world. Next comes the point I would like to emphasize for this lesson; when the food was distributed and all were filled, the baskets came back full. It doesn't matter have much we dig into God's Word, we can never exhaust its contents; just as the treasure of Matthew 13:52, whether old or new, it's still a treasure and it's always fresh.
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Verses to Defeat Satan

He wouldn't save you.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

You can't know your saved.

John said....

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (1 John 5:13)

You can lose it.

Jesus said.....

And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave [them] me, is greater than all; and no [man] is able to pluck [them] out of my Father's hand. (John 10:28,29)

God don't care about you.

The Bible says....

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

(1 Peter 5:7)

God will leave you in need.

The LORD [is] my shepherd; I shall not want. (Psalms 23:1)

The Bible says....

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)

God's forsaken an forgotten you and your on a dead end road.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose. (Romans 8:28)

God wouldn't let you suffer if He loved you.

[It is] good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. The law of thy mouth [is] better unto me than thousands of gold and silver. (Psalms 119:71,72)

Everyone is against you.

What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us? (Romans 8:31)

Your doing this for nothing.

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (1 Corinthians 2:9)

You'll never be a success.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13)
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