The book of 1 st john is a general epistle apostolic letter. Contents, style and language of these two books are very similar. First epistle of saint john chapter 1 he declares what he has seen and heard of christ who is the life eternal, to the end that we may have fellowship with god and all good through him. In connection with johns gospel all of this points to the apostle john as author of the epistle compare with notes on johns gospel. Smaley 1, 2, 3 john word biblical commentary, 1984. The first epistle of john, often referred to as first john and written 1 john or i john, is the first of the johannine epistles of the new testament, and the fourth of the catholic epistles. Its purpose was to warn about the increasing threat of false teachings and to reassure christians of their faith. While hanging on the cross to atone for the sin of the world, jesus looked down at his devastated mother, mary, and asked john to care for her upon his death john 19. The book of john niv audio holy bible high quality and. Follow along as john delivers his eyewitness account, and declares that jesus is, the son of god. He acknowledges the exact phrase is not found elsewhere in the new testament. Gospel of john 1 commentary new testament matthew henry.
It is excellent for use by individuals or groups, for families or schools. The apostle john is the author of the gospel of john, 1, 2, and 3 john and revelation. This is one of my own personal favorites of all the sixtysix books of the bible. Best commentaries and books on 1 john logos bible software. In the book of daniel, there is a description of someone like a son of man daniel 7. The reality of god was not a matter of faith with john. First of all please notice that god is not saying you. Johns gospel free bible commentary in easy english.
First john, a study guide from the executable outlines series by mark a. John 1 commentary john introduces the story of the. This site includes the entire hammadi library, as well as a large collection of other primary gnostic scriptures and documents. It has no traditional introduction from whom, to whom.
The book of 2 john does not directly name its author. By his spirit and grace he enlightens all that are enlightened to. At the last supper, john sat at jesus side and asked who the betrayer of our lord would be john. Commentary on the book of 1 john relevant bible teaching. General introduction overview suppose you are heavily involved in some cause or movement. Major differences between john and the synoptic gospels. The fruit of fellowship with christ i 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. Because of its resemblance to the fourth gospel in style. There is no scholarly consensus as to the authorship of the johannine works. The letter is difficult to date with precision, but factors such as 1 evidence from early christian writers irenaeus and clement of alexandria, 2 the early form of gnosticism reflected in the denunciations of the letter and 3 indications of the advanced age of john suggest the end of the first century. As this is the nature of god, his doctrines and precepts must be such. Unlock the niv cultural backgrounds study bible notes when you upgrade to bible gateway plus. Though be real is originally ed in 1972, wiersbes text is enchantingly as timeless as the truths in the bible. This was because jesus was the son of man see also john 1.
It has been a rich blessing for me, and i pray, our church as well. Johns testimony of jesus continued the next day when he saw jesus. The wide recognition in the early church does also confirm the above. Both the gospel of john and the first epistle of john deal with the subject. Dont ask me but from what we learn in this book of 1st john i wouldnt bet on it. The great god should be represented to this dark world, as pure and perfect light. Matthew henry 18 october 1662 22 june 1714 was an english commentator on the bible, who published his works in 1706, sixvolume exposition of the old and new testaments 17081710 or complete commentary, provides an exhaustive verse by verse study of the bible, covering the whole of the old testament, and the gospels and acts in the new testament. Smalley has written a number of books on the works of john.
But the central focus of first john seems to be distinguishing the false teachers from children of god, so heres my take. He cried out, saying, this is the one i spoke about when i said, he who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me. Book of first john overview insight for living ministries. Read john 1 commentary using commentary critical and explanatory on the whole bible.
Dodds commentary on johns three epistles places emphasis on the relationship between the epistles and johns gospel and how the epistles can inform our study of the fourth gospel. John introduces the story of the revelation of the glory of god. Early christian tradition identified this work as a letter of john the apostle. Study the bible online using commentary on 1 john 1 and more. This summary of the book of 1 john provides information about the title, author s, date of writing, chronology, theme, theology, outline, a brief overview, and the chapters of the book of 1 john. Along with peter, john was the first to know about the resurrection of jesus because mary magdalene told them. Whereas the synoptic accounts describe jesus birth, early life, baptism, etc. The other gospels all describe jesus heritage from an earthly perspective, john, in contrast, doesnt start with his ministry, his parents, or john the baptist.
Studies from 1st, 2nd, and 3rd john bible study guide. He had been with god since the beginning, and all things had been created through him. John 1, the books of the bible nt books the bible app. The macarthur bible commentary by john macarthur, hardcover. Numberical bible commentary the book of 2 john summary the message of 2 john is gods love towards us who believe and gods wrath at deceivers. Although the first epistle of john does not bear any authors name it was never seriously doubted that the apostle john is the author of this epistle as well as of the fourth gospel. My favorite commentaries on first john the gospel coalition. Since the author of 1 john seems to build on concepts and themes found in the fourth gospel see 1jn 2. According to tradition this very special gospel was written at the very end of the first century ad. A free bible version and commentary johns first letter in easyenglish.
John was also admitted to special friendship with the lord jesus. Tom constables expository notes on 1 john this is also available in the net. Best john commentaries updated for 2020 best bible. The suggestions of advanced age addressing his readers as children, 2. John the baptist came to bear witness concerning jesus. A free bible version and commentary john s first letter in easyenglish. Watch our overview video on the letters of john, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. The first to cite from johns first epistle is polycarp of smyrna around 70 to. I looked up book of john and halfway down the first chapter i saw philip. Whereas the gospel of john was written to unbelievers john 20. Study guide1,2,3 john growing christians ministries. Christians are not to invite such deceivers into their house1, not to assist them on their way. Copeland hundreds of free sermon outlines and bible study materials available for online browsing and downloading. John from the holy bible new international version niv book 43 please note we have increased the volume and the pitch of the audio for a clearer sound, so.
This book can serve as a basic bible study guide for working through the gospel of john, helping the student plumb the depths of st. A selection of the best commentaries and bible study resources on the book of 1 john. Intro to 1 john biblica the international bible society. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day. John with book summary versebyverse bible commentary. When john wrote this epistle, false teaching and false teachers had already infiltrated the christian church, and a number of people had followed these false teachings. Here is a summary and commentary on first john chapter two.
I often get questions about what resources were useful, so here is a list for pastors or anyone looking to dig in a bit and study the epistles of john. The first epistle of john, often referred to as first john and written 1 john or i john, is the first. There have been various conjectures over the years that another disciple of christ named john. Outline of the book of i john floral heights church of. A bible study commentary on first, second, and third john.
The gospel of john verse by verse bible study the word was god john 1. The key personalities are the apostles peter and paul. John s first epistle teaches that while it is important to recognize the lines between truth and error, it must always be done in a spirit of love. Online bible study through 1 john the book of 1st john is a book of great encouragement and teaching for the believer. The first volume includes his commentary on the epistles of john. The contents and the structure of this gospel presuppose the readers familiarity with the three synoptic gospels. The content, style, and vocabulary seem to warrant the conclusion that these three epistles were addressed to the same readers as the gospel of john. You can find the best commentary on john for you using the tools on the right side. John began with the beginning the eternal god, who was. John is so theologically rich that i have found help and insight in a large number of commentaries. Commentary on the book of 1 john 1 john 1 1what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life2and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the.
With all johns reasons to write, scholars have a hard time forming an outline from johns letter. You will also find options for commentaries on 1 john that help pastors, teachers, and readers with application of the bible, commentaries that approach the scripture versebyverse, classic christian commentaries, and much more. Hence, he is mentioned as that disciple whom jesus loved john 19. John served as pastor of the church in ephesus, which was founded by paul. Commentary on the book of gospel of john by matthew henry. Commentary on the whole bible volume vi acts to revelation ebook. Observations on this first portion of the book, which is one long sentence in the original manuscript. It is the first and largest in a series of 3 epistles that bear the apostle johns name. Bible version and commentary 2800 word vocabulary on the book of 1 john. The first book of john niv audio holy bible high quality and best speed book 62 duration.
This is the first actual appearance of jesus as a man on earth in the book of john. First epistle of john, the book of 1 john commentary, bible study. The gospel of john is probably the book that has been written last of all the books of the bible. This is a remarkably useful commentary on john for exegetical details. This emphasis by john, while striking, is not without love. John was the first man to arrive at the empty tomb john. It is written by the discipleapostle john around 8595 a. Since the letter identifies no specific church, location, or individual to whom it was sent, its classification is as a general epistle. John recognized that love comes from god, and he encouraged the believers to love one another 1 john 4.
The apostle john begins with the purpose of writing this letter by stating, i am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. The tradition from the earliest days of the church states that the author was the apostle john. If any man love the world, the charity of the father is not in him. Study the bible online using commentary on john 1 and more.
It is a helpful work that should be consulted by those doing indepth study of these letters. First epistle of john, the book of 1 john commentary. Read 1 john 1 commentary using matthew henry commentary on the whole bible complete. It is a great and sad irony that as a conference, professing to cherish the bible, we have the reputation of trying to preserve the unity of fellowship not by exalting the great doctrines of scripture, but by avoiding them. However, in recent years some of us have come to the position that john wrote his epistles last. The gospel of john was probably the last of the four written, and written in view of what the previous three had already said. The paperback version is available from amazon and other online booksellers. Some scholars have proposed the idea that the epistle is really johns commentary on a selection of traditional parallel couplets. Dionysius noted that john did not name himself in his epistles, not even in the second and third epistles, although they are short. It has been the belief of the church down through the years that john wrote his gospel first, his epistles second, and finally the revelation just before his death. Through clever word pictures like this that strike the reader with their simple truth, acclaimed bestselling author and former pastor warren wiersbe shares priceless unchanging realities as he opens up the book of i john.
The macarthur bible commentary offers pastors, bible teachers, serious bible readers, and anyone seeking to read and understand the scriptures a way to focus their studies while still seeing the entire bible s application to the christian life. Matthew henry 18 october 1662 22 june 1714 was an english commentator on the bible, who published his works in 1706, sixvolume exposition of the old and new testaments 17081710 or complete commentary, provides an exhaustive verse by verse study of the bible, covering the. Written late in the 1st century, the apostle john wrote the book to provide boundaries on our beliefs about christ. Or, in the words of john, if we love one another, god abides in us, and his love is perfected in us 1 john 4. The book of 1 john is not a personal letter nor a letter written to one church as much as it is an impassioned office memo from headquarters corporate letter. John 1 commentary commentary critical and explanatory on. John was a very close disciple and friend to jesus and followed him closely. The epistles 2 john and 3 john, the gospel of john and the book of revelation 5. If someone is a partaker of gods nature through jesus christ then they will have a natural bent in the direction of holiness.
This begins the study in the most spiritual book in the entire bible, the book of john. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. Choosing a top five, therefore, is more difficult with this book than it is with most of the others. The book of john is not like the book of matthew, mark, or luke which cover the same period of time. We are at the outset of a story that will reveal to us the most profound mysteries of life. Nothing more fully shows the darkness of mens minds, than that when the light had appeared, there needed a witness to call attention to it. This is one reason why john s account of the life of jesus is in many ways different from matthew, mark, and luke. That all men through him might believe he testified that jesus was the true light the true teacher of the way to the kingdom of glory, and the lamb or sacrifice of god, which was to bear away the sin of the world, john 1. When john wanted to cultivate and preserve the fellowship of.867 1218 225 314 1390 1102 984 1609 855 885 623 1510 1559 955 766 938 1659 866 296 1268 1089 998 893 558 1461 1562 813 1638 1146 1019 352 471 459 991 1216 54 35 1357 1638 887 1488 1130 977 1357 1391 1015 776 556 1205 1099 925