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1 John 2:13-15 The Passion Translation (TPT)

13 I remind you, fathers and mothers:[a] you have a relationship with the One who has existed from the beginning.[b]

And I remind you, young people: you have defeated the Evil One.[c]

14 I write these things to you, dear children, because you truly have a relationship with the Father. I write these things, fathers and mothers, because you have had a true relationship with him who is from the beginning. And I write these things, young people, because you are strong, the Word of God is treasured in your hearts, and you have defeated the Evil One.[d]

A Warning Not to Love the World

15 Don’t set the affections of your heart on this world[e] or in loving the things of the world. The love of the Father and the love of the world are incompatible.[f]


  1. 1 John 2:13 Fathers and mothers (parents) are not necessarily “old men” and “old women,” but those who reproduce and raise children.
  2. 1 John 2:13 That is, Christ. See John 1:1; 1 John 1:1-3. Nothing more is said about fathers and mothers other than knowing Christ, for what could be more important than that?
  3. 1 John 2:13 Our enemy, Satan, is defeated through our union with Christ as we share in the triumphs of his cross and resurrection, the word of our testimony, the blood of the Lamb, and by not loving our own lives. See Rev. 12:10.
  4. 1 John 2:14 John gives young people (in Hebrew culture this would be anyone under forty) the three main components of spiritual growth: (1) courageous faith, (2) loving the Word of God, and (3) defeating the Evil One through our union with Christ.
  5. 1 John 2:15 Or “Stop loving the world system” (the ways of the world).
  6. 1 John 2:15 Or “If anyone persists in loving the world, there is no love for the Father in him.”
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