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John’s epistles have enriched and equipped the followers of Christ down through the centuries. The themes—such as walking in the truth, acknowledging our proneness to sin, being wary of the lies of the antichrist, and denying ourselves the empty enticements of the world—continue to be invaluable for the people of God.

This classic commentary will help contemporary Christians obtain a deeper understanding of the letters of John and experience a growing godliness in the process.

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John Calvin

John Calvin

John Calvin (1509–1564), one of the most important thinkers in church history, was a prominent French theologian during the Protestant Reformation and the father of Calvinism. His theological works, biblical commentaries, tracts, treatises, sermons, and letters helped establish the Reformation throughout Europe.

Calvinism has spawned movements and sparked controversy throughout the centuries. Calvin began his work in the church at the age of 12, intending to train for the priesthood. Calvin attended the Collège de la Marche in Paris at 14, before studying law at the University of Orléans and continuing his studies at the University of Bourges.

In 1532, Calvin’s first published work appeared: a commentary on Seneca’s De Clementia. The controversy of calling for reform in the Catholic Church disciplined Calvin in his writing project, and he began working on the first edition of The Institutes of the Christian Religion, which appeared in 1536. Calvin’s Commentaries and The Letters of John Calvin are also influential; both appear in the Calvin 500 Collection.

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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry (1662–1714) was an English Presbyterian Minister. His father, also a minister, was ejected under the Act of Uniformity of 1662. Matthew Henry abandoned legal studies for theology and became the minister of a congregation in Chester. He founded the Presbyterian Chapel in Trinity Street. He is best known for his Commentary on the Bible.

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