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Witnesses to the Truth: A Study of the Letters of John

Witnesses to the Truth: A Study of the Letters of John


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We probably know John best for his Gospel, which stands alone in style and content compared with the synoptic gGospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke). We may also think of the book of Revelation. John’s letters (written in the late part of the first century and probably after his Gospel), however, receive less attention and are much shorter. This is a shame, because they contain some rich material to help people become more fully devoted followers of Christ.

Like Paul, John is credited with having founded several congregations, so John is likely writing to his “family” of congregations, though he doesn’t name an audience specifically in his first letter. This unnamed audience is struggling with some specific problems, though, which John addresses in his letters.  He writes to the congregations he founded to remind them of the true gospel and to encourage them to hold fast to that teaching.