1 John 2:1 Index
"My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:"
Bibliography ===== 1 John 2:2

" . . . little children . . . "

  • Greek teknia (John 13:33), a diminutive form of tekna, "children" (Romans 8:14). It might be rendered "dear children," for the diminutive is used to express endearment rather than size or age. In the New Testament only the Saviour and His beloved disciple used this word (John 13:33; 1 John 2:12; 1 John 2:28; 1 John 3:7; 1 John 3:18; 1 John 4:4; 1 John 5:21), apart from its possible use by Paul in (Galatians 4:19). The tenderness of this expression may imply that he was addressing his own converts. (7BC 635)
  • The aged apostle cold appropriately call even fathers "little children" (1 John 2:12; 1 John 2:13; 1 John 2:14). He regarded all Christians as members of one great family whose Father is God (Ephesians 3:14; Ephesians 3:15) but in which there were many human fathers and sons. This does not indicate, however, that John accepted the title of "father." Christ had enjoined His disciples not to call one another by any name that would signify control over a man's conscience or over what he is to believe (Matthew 23:7; Matthew 23:8; Matthew 23:9; ***** DA 613). (7BC 635-636) *****