I write to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, because you have known the Father (1 John 2:13).
This verse contains all three stages of spiritual growth. “Little children” have known the Father. God seems to approach us first as our Father. Some, like me, never had a daddy. I was overjoyed to finally have one who wanted to hold me on His lap without any ulterior motives. I do know Him because I have spent hours with Him, talking and listening.
Those who continue to grow up spiritually are those who reach the age of “young men” (that category includes women). These have overcome the wicked one. Satan is the father of all evil, all sickness, all demonic activity, all lies. How does one overcome the devil? Mainly by using our authority given to us by Jesus Christ, which is commanding Satan to do what we want him to do—stop attacking us, and become Jesus’s footstool.
“Fathers” (women too) are those who know Jesus Christ as their personal and best friend. Spend time with Him and get to know Him. He already knows you!
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1).
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).
“No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you,” (John 15:15).