This chapter forms an introduction to 1 John, 2 John, and 3 John. Introductory matters addressed include the relationship of the letters to the gospel, the chronology of the letters, rhetoric and the opposition, settings and purposes of 1–3 John, the letters in relationship to one another, the relationship of the letters to ancient letters, authorship, date, and place of composition.
This chapter forms an introduction to all three of the epistles of John. Its focus is primarily on 1 John. Introductory matters addressed include the text of the epistles, authorship, genre, setting and date, the literary structure and detailed outline of 1 John, and the significance of John’s letters.
In the book of 1 John, the apostle John points out much about the character of God to the Christians to whom he is writing. He has taught them that God is Light, He is Spirit, He is eternal. He is a Father. But perhaps the most clear picture he gives of God is that God is love. The article discusses the meaning of 1 John 4:7-21.