A Commentary On The Letters Of John
Those who enjoy reading other people’s correspondence should welcome much of the New Testament! It is surprising that God chose such personal and particular letters to convey His Word. Little did the original authors realise they were writing scripture for people through all of history and all of the earth.
In the first epistle, the apostle John echoes the stark contrasts in his Gospel, reminding his readers of the choice between living in the ‘darkness’ of lust, lies, and lawlessness or the ‘light’ of love and life. He encourages all believers, young and old, to be satisfied, sinless, safe, and sure, grounded in the Word made flesh rather than deceived by the world in its folly.
The second and third are addressed to a woman and a man respectively, reflecting the weaknesses of their gender: emphasising love at the expense of truth and vice-versa.