My Little Children
1 John 3:7
Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is
righteous, even as he is righteous.
The Apostle John was an eyewitness of the life of Christ and knew Him intimately. John’s letter assumes that the readers are Christians with a knowledge of the glorious gospel and are desiring a personal relationship with Him. Unfortunately, these dear people were being confronted with a philosophy of religion that was inaccurate and filled with error. This false teaching was known as Gnosticism, mostly influenced by such philosophers as Plato. Such erroneous doctrine started to infect the early church and John wanted to expose the wrong teaching by encouraging believers with the Light of truth. Gnostics saw themselves as a privileged class elevated above everyone else by their higher and deeper knowledge of God. John is displaying his heart for the early Christians by bringing them back to basic principles and lovingly assuring them of their faith. "
I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye
know it, and that no lie is of the truth." (I John 2:21).
At least nine times in the book of I John, the term, “little children” is used to speak to those believing the gospel of Christ. John is reassuring them that they are part of the family of God and uses loving, fatherly tones to communicate this. "Behold,
what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be
called the sons of God:"
(I John 3:1a). John is conveying complete confidence in their sincere faith bringing hope to believers by calling them “beloved” or “my little children.” “Beloved, we are God's children now. . .” (I John 3:2). These are positive expressions of deep affection used throughout John’s epistle encouraging believers to walk in the Light as He is in the Light. John’s book is written with tenderness and a loving desire to demonstrate true joy in fellowship with one another and with Christ.
Lord, I am assured of being one of Your “little children.”