I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven you on account of His name. I am writing to you, fathers, because you have come to know Him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I am writing to you, little children, because you have come to know the Father. I wrote to you, fathers, because you have come to know Him who is from the beginning. I wrote to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. (1 John 2:12-14, EMTV)
C1 Sins forgiven
C2 Know the Father
C1 Know Him who is from the beginning
B3 Young men
C1 Overcome evil one
D1 You are strong
D2 The Word of God abides in you
D3 You have overcome the evil one
B1 Children, fathers, and young men
C1 Some understand these to be spiritually understood, thus fathers are those who became Christians when the Gospel was first preached, the young men are not recent converts but those who have been Christians for a while, and children are those who have become Christians recently.
C2 Others view these as stages in the Christian life.
C3 Others view these as who they are--fathers, young men, and children.
B2 Four things
C1 Sins have been forgiven.
C2 Know God.
C3 Overcome evil one.
C4 Word of God lives in you.
B1 How does a Christian overcome the evil one (satan)?
B2 Why are the young men strong?
B3 What is the importance of Bible reading and study?
B4 Why the change in tense from active present indicative (am writing) to past (wrote)?
B5 Which of the four things written about here is a new Christian to be aware of?