1–3 John look entirely different through the lens of systematic theology.
1–3 John are very short letters. As a result, the theology of these letters is often overlooked. In An Exegetical Theology of 1–3 John, Gary Derickson helps readers see the distinct theology of John’s letters. His exegetical analysis of the letters of John reveals how they make unique contributions to Christian theology. In the end, Derickson shows that 1–3 John are full of a wealth of theology that is worthy of the church’s attention, both in the first century and today.
An Exegetical Theology of 1–3 John approaches the letters using the major categories of systematic theology. By examining the letters in this manner, Derickson is able to draw a clear line between the theology of 1–3 John and the key doctrines of Christian theology, helping Christians re-integrate these neglected letters into their knowledge of Scripture and God.
“As the Holy Spirit superintended their writing, God revealed those truths about Himself that related to the issues at hand in such a way that His nature, character, and will are revealed as they relate to the specific needs of His children.” (source)
“about Jesus as the source of life and about fellowship with God the Father and Jesus, His Son” (source)
“The purpose of special revelation is to guide our living and enable us to avoid sin” (source)
“The recipient of this letter may have been either a noble lady in whose home a church met, or a church that John chose to address as a lady. Whether a lady or a church, the message John communicates is the same.” (source)
“The best way to understand the various approaches of biblical theology is to move from the broadest to the narrowest” (source)
Gary Derickson is ministry division chair at Corban University. He is the author of 1–3 John: Evangelical Exegetical Commentary and has published articles in Bibliotheca Sacra, ETS Studies Series, The Master’s Seminary Journal, and The Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society. He contributed to The Nelson’s Complete Study Bible and is co-author of The Disciplemaker: What Matters Most to Jesus.