8 comments on “I Write to You Because…

  1. Could “Fathers” also be referring to the leaders/elders/under-shepherds of the church?

    That is one of the beauties of having the entire New Testament, because we already know “the rest of the story”, and can be assured that, in Christ, we ARE overcomers. We still struggle in this life, but Christ HAS won the battle for us, and in the end, Satan will ultimately be put in his place, and we will never have to deal with him again.



    • Steve I think it’s safe to say that “Fathers” can be understood that way by extension, and several doctrinal backgrounds do so, while others do not. Personally, I think the principle generally applies.

      • I enjoy listening to J. Vernon McGee’s Through the Bible radio messages. He also emphasized taking a good look at this passage. He separates the children as new believers (or believers who have yet to progress), the young men as growing believers, and the fathers as mature believers.

        I don’t think either you or McGee are wrong. McGee was not exactly dogmatic about his interpretation, but he emphasized that we need to grow in our faith, not sit still.

        That is something your blog does, helps us to grow in our faith.

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