Fathers (patere). Those mature believers with long and rich experience (egnwkate, ye have come to know and still know). Him which is from the beginning (ton ap arch). See Luke 1:1 as explaining this crisp description of the Word of life (cf. John 1:1-18 ). Young men (neaniskoi). The younger element in contrast to the fathers, full of vigor and conflict and victory. Ye have overcome the evil one (nenikhkate ton ponhron). Perfect active indicative of nikaw, a permanent victory after conflict. The masculine article ton shows that the prince of darkness is the one defeated in this struggle, the devil plain in John 3:8John 3:10 ( John 8:44 ; John 13:2 ).