I am writing to you who are mature in the faith because you know Christ, who existed from the beginning. I am writing to you who are young in the faith because you have won your battle with the evil one. I have written to you who are God's children because you know the Father. I have written to you who are mature in the faith because you know Christ, who existed from the beginning. I have written to you who are young in the faith because you are strong. God's word lives in your hearts, and you have won your battle with the evil one. 1 John 2:13-14 NLT
Those who are mature in Christ understand who He is. One cannot search the scriptures and walk under the influence of the Holy Spirit without the revelation of Jesus as more than a mere man. Jesus was God in a human body!!! For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. Colossians 2:9 This doctrinal statement of faith is crucial to salvation. No mere man could be qualified as the sufficient Savior. Only someone sinless (2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15; 9:14; I Peter 1:19)! Only someone Divine (John 1:1-18; 8:58; 14:8-11). Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can't see such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ's blood on the cross.
(Colossians 1:15-20). This is abundantly clear. Christ Jesus is Divine!!! He is Immanuel - God with us!!!
In Him we know God, experience salvation, and overcome Satan! New believer or seasoned disciple, Jesus is the Master!!! In Him, we are victorious over sin!!!
Rev. Curtis Norris