1, 2, & 3 John: A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition

1, 2, & 3 John: A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition

by Rick Williamson

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Overview

The New Beacon Bible Commentary provides 21st century scholars, pastors, theological students, and laity an academically competent, readable commentary in the Wesleyan theological tradition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780834123953
Publisher: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x (h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

General Editors' Preface 11

Author's Preface 13

Abbreviations 15

Bibliography 21

1 John 29

Introduction 31

A Authorship 31

B Date 33

C Provenance 34

D Audience 35

E Occasion and Purpose 35

F Sociological and Cultural Issues 36

1 Connections Between First-Century Churches 36

2 Use of Family Language 36

G Textual Witnesses 37

H Literary Features 38

1 Letter Forms and 1, 2, and 3 John 38

2 Poetic Forms 39

3 Limited Scriptural Allusions 40

4 1, 2, and 3 John and the Gospel of John 40

I Theological Themes 41

1 Christology 41

2 Soteriology 42

3 The Spirit 42

4 Ethics 43

5 The World 44

6 Hospitality 44

7 Ecclesiology 45

8 Eschatology 46

J Hermeneutical Issues 47

1 Authorship and Reading the Letters 47

2 Perspective of the Author and a Profile of the Opponents 49

3 Relationship of the Letters to the Gospel of John and How That Informs Our Reading 50

Commentary 53

I Prologue and Premises: 1 John 1:1-10 53

A The Life Appeared (1:1-4) 53

B Forgiveness and Cleansing (1:5-10) 63

II Belonging to God and Resisting the Enemy: I John 2:1-29 79

A Jesus Our Defender (2:1-6) 79

B In the Light or in the Darkness? (2:7-11) 87

C Words for All Ages (2:12-14) 91

D Love God, Not the World (2:l5-l7) 95

E Antichrists (2:18-23) 98

F An Anointing and Abiding (2:24-29) 104

III Christlike Love Now and When Christ Appears: 1 John 3:1-24 109

A When He Appears: A Call to Cleansing (3:1-6) 109

B Destroying the Devil's Work (3:7-10) 117

C Love and Hate, Life and Death (3:11-15) 121

D Love in Action (3:16-24) 124

IV Testing the Spirits and Trusting God's Love: 1 John 4:1-21 133

A Test the Spirits (4:1-6) 133

B God's Son an Atoning Sacrifice (4:7-15) 141

C Perfect Love Drives Out Fear (4:16-21) 148

V Life in the Son, Death in Departing: 1 John 5:1-21 155

A Overcoming Faith (5:1-5) 155

B Witnesses to the Truth (5:6-12) 160

C Assurance of Eternal Life (5:13-17) 165

D Things We Know (5:18-21) 171

2 John 177

Introduction 179

A Authorship, Date, Provenance, Audience, Occasion, Purpose, Sociological/Cultural Issues, and Textual History 179

B Literary Features 179

C Theological Themes 180

D Hermeneutical Issues 180

Commentary 183

VI Welcomes and Warnings: 2 John 1-13 183

A Greetings and Relationships (1-3) 183

B Joy Because of Obedience (4-6) 188

C Warnings to Enable Faithful Walking (7-11) 190

D Future Plans (12-13) 195

3 John 199

Introduction 201

A Authorship, Date, Provenance, Audience, Occasion, Purpose, Sociological/Cultural Issues, and Textual History 201

B Literary Features 201

C Theological Themes 202

D Hermeneutical Issues 203

Commentary 205

VII Supporting Ministers and Painful Separations: 3 John 1-14 205

A Greetings and Relationships (1-4) 205

B Ministry and Hospitality (5-8) 209

C Dangerous Division (9-10) 213

D Healing Words and Hope (11-14) 216

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