by Norman P. Grubb
This then covers the “young man” second level of true being as detailed for us by John in his 1 John 2:13,14 statement of the three levels.
1 John 2:13 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 evil one. I write to you, dear children, because you have known the Father. 14I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.
The young man now has “the word of God abiding in Him”, Christ in us/as us; and therefore he is ‘strong” in God as his strength in a permanent union. He must meet, confront, and overcome all the negatives of “the wicked one” in his daily living; the “overcoming” is the “coming” of Satan in all pulls back to independent self, and the “over” of the overcoming is in Who we really are, recognizing Christ as us.
As we do that, the light of that recognition swallows up the darkness of the assaults —— all that we have been looking into in relation to temptation and liberation. Here is the complete young man, graduated with his total personhood of spirit, soul, and body, now consciously and fixedly the spontaneous expresser of Him Whom he had been predestined to manifest in his human form. “Ye ARE the light of the world.” As “young men” we have found our true selves!
Simple as This by Norman Grubb