First John presents lofty claims: "I write this to you so that you will not sin" (2:1); "No one who is born of God will continue to sin" (3:9); and "Anyone born of God does not continue to sin" (5:18). These must be understood in their original context, without dismissing their enduring spiritual implications. This commentary attempts to balance the scriptural call to holy living with the pastoral call to treat redemptively those who fail.
The letters of 2 John and 3 John offer a significant window into the life of first-century churches. Readers encounter issues of ecclesiology (church leadership, gender issues, and how the churches were interconnected) and social/cultural realities. Here we see especially how hospitality in the early churches was related to itinerant evangelism.
Rick Williamson moves verse-by-verse through 1, 2, and 3 John after providing in-depth introductions to each book.
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Convenient introductory material for each book of the Bible including information on authorship, date, history, audience, sociological/cultural issues, purpose, literary features, theological themes, hermeneutical issues, and more
Clear verse-by-verse explanations, which offer a contemporary, Wesleyan-based understanding derived from the passage’s original language
Comprehensive annotation divided into three sections: 1. Background elements behind the text 2. Verse-by-verse details and meanings found in the text 3. Significance, relevance, intertextuality, and application from the text
Insight into theological issues, word meanings, archaeological connections, historical relevance, cultural customs, and more
Expanded bibliography for further study of historical elements, additional interpretations, and theological themes
Frank G. Carver
Title: 1, 2, & 3 John: A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition
Rick Williamson is Professor of Biblical Literature at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. He has also served as Chaplain for Adult and Graduate Studies, was the Professor of Bible for the Nazarene Bible college, served as a hospital chaplain, a military chaplain, and pastored in Iowa and Indiana. He holds degrees from Southern Baptist Seminary, University of Iowa, Nazarene Theological Seminary, and MidAmerica Nazarene University.