Epistles of John

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A Hungarian rendition of St John the Evangelist

Three books in the New Testament, thought to have been written between 85–100,[1] are collectively called the Epistles of John. The author of these letters is traditionally believed to be John the Evangelist, also known simply as "the Elder".

First Epistle of John[edit]

Main article: First Epistle of John

This epistle unlike the other two is written more as a sermon, one to help strengthen people's faith in Jesus, to help them understand why a being as great as the Son of God would have a mortal life and a mortal's agonizing death.[2]

Second Epistle of John[edit]

This Epistle is written as a short letter from the Apostle to an unnamed "elect lady" whom he loves and her children.[3] Within the letter John warns about opening home to false teachers and to always practice truth avoiding secrecy.

First Epistle

Third Epistle of John[edit]

Main article: Third Epistle of John

The third epistle, also a short letter, is addressed to a man named Gaius and mentioned as "a dear friend". It talks about a man named Diotrephes who Gaius excommunicated from the church and had gone on to create an anti-missionary sentiment, trying to get the church to stop receiving missionaries. It is believed that the letter was delivered by a third character, Demetrius.


  1. ^ Tenney, Merrill. "THE EPISTLES OF JOHN". www.abideinchrist.com. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "THE EPISTLES OF JOHN". www.earlychristianwritings.com. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Missler, Chuck. "A Timely Study The Epistles of John". khouse.org. Retrieved 27 September 2012.