John, The Letters of

John, The Letters of

Three brief writings at the end of the NT, situated before Jude and Revelation. Because of stylistic and theological similarities, they are usually thought to have been written by someone associated with writing or editing the Gospel of John (hence their designation as “Letters of John”). The letters call for believers to “love one another” and strive for internal unity in a church that has been marred by schism and heresy.

Outline of Contents

1 John

I. Prologue: the grounds of the testimony (1John 1:1-4)

II. The true message of Jesus (1John 1:5-3:24)

A. Fellowship, obedience, and forgiveness (1John 1:5-2:17)

B. Warnings against false teachings (1John 2:18-28)

C. The marks of life in the community (1John 3:1-24)

III. Testing the claims of those who testify (1John 4:1-5:12)

A. Testing the spirits (1John 4:1-6)

B. Love as the essential test (1John 4:7-21)

C. Obedience to the commandments (1John 5:1-5)

D. The true testimony (1John 5:6-12)

IV. Postscript: sins, forgiveness, and certain knowledge (1John 5:13-21)

2 John

I. Salutation (2John 1:1-3)

II. The love commandment and the true doctrine of Christ (2John 1:4-11)

III. Conclusion (2John 1:12-13)

3 John

I. Salutation (3John 1:1-4)

II. Hospitality to emissaries (3John 1:5-12)

III. Conclusion (3John 1:13-15)

1John 1:1-4

The Word of Life
1We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with ou ... View more

1John 1:5-3:24

God Is Light
5This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.6If we say that we have f ... View more

1John 1:5-2:17

God Is Light
5This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.6If we say that we have f ... View more

1John 2:18-28

Warning against Antichrists
18Children, it is the last hour! As you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. From this we know t ... View more

1John 3:1-24

1See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did ... View more

1John 4:1-5:12

Testing the Spirits
1Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; for many false prophets have gone out into the ... View more

1John 4:1-6

Testing the Spirits
1Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; for many false prophets have gone out into the ... View more

1John 4:7-21

God Is Love
7Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.8Whoever does not love does not know Go ... View more

1John 5:1-5

Faith Conquers the World
1Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child.2By this we kno ... View more

1John 5:6-12

Testimony concerning the Son of God
6This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood. And th ... View more

1John 5:13-21

Epilogue
13I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.14And this is the boldness we ... View more

2John 1:1-3

Salutation
1The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth, and not only I but also all who know the truth,2because of the truth that ab ... View more

2John 1:4-11

Truth and Love
4I was overjoyed to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we have been commanded by the Father.5But now, dear lady, I ask you, ... View more

2John 1:12-13

Final Greetings
12Although I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink; instead I hope to come to you and talk with you face to face, so t ... View more

3John 1:1-4

Salutation
1The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.Gaius Commended for His Hospitality
2Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you ... View more

3John 1:5-12

5Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the friends, even though they are strangers to you;6they have testified to your love before the church. You will ... View more

3John 1:13-15

Final Greetings
13I have much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink;14instead I hope to see you soon, and we will talk together face to ... View more

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