Summary: John the Apostle wrote I write to you fathers because you have known Him.... Fathers need to keep on knowing the Lord
Maranatha Tabernacle Church of God
Sunday June 20th 2010
Fathers Know Him
John the Apostle, also known as John the Divine and John the Son of Zebedee, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He was the writer of first, second and third John as well as the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John and the Book of Revelation. John came from a family of fishermen. He was part of the inner circle or core group of three disciples, who witnessed certain key events in Jesus' ministry. He was called "the disciple whom Jesus loved. John was very loyal to Jesus. He alone among the Twelve is believed to have stood by Jesus at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion. John was a significant leader in the early church, but he drops out of the biblical record after Paul mentions him as a "pillar" of the Jerusalem church in Galatians 2. Tradition holds that he went to Ephesus with the Mary, Jesus’ mother, and founded several churches in Asia Minor. While there he was persecuted for his faith and condemned to die by being boiled in oil. They put him in a large caldron filled with oil and put a fire under it and his evil torturers watched as they waited to hear him scream out and die slowly in deep agony, but he just would not boil. So they then took him out of the pot and banished him to a prison colony on the island of Patmos and in AD 95 while on that island Jesus appeared to him and he wrote the book of Revelation. John is said to have died later and was buried in Ephesus. His life was a powerful and holy life. He was so close to Jesus that he developed a deep love for the Lord and sought to know Jesus more. In our text for today found in 1John 2:14 he said “I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning.…” The Greek word for known in this text means to keep on knowing. In other words it is not saying that the fathers once knew the Lord (the One who is from the beginning), nor is it saying that fathers then fully know the Lord, instead it is saying that they should keep on knowing about the Lord.
Hear Paul the Apostle as he cries out with deep desire in Philippians 3:10 “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;”
There are many meanings associated with the Greek words for know for example acquaintance
"to be taking in knowledge ,
what is "known" is of value or importance
"knowing" suggests approval and bears the meaning "to be approved"; appreciation
connection or union, as between man and woman
to have seen
to know from observation,
perceive the significance,
to have special appreciation;
"to discover, ascertain, determine,"
be privy to,"
"a knowledge" which perfectly unites the subject with the object
It is a fact that anyone who gets to know Jesus will want to know Him more, because of what He has done for them. Ask the leper of Mark 1 and he would say “I was unclean but Jesus made me clean. I need to know Him more.”