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Divided by discord, the church John wrote his letters to greatly needed his firm instruction to rediscover Christ-centered love and unity. His letters to that church are easily adapted to modern gatherings of believers, which are often challenged by disputes –whether internal or external. In a pluralistic society, visibly holding fast to gospel truth is imperative.
Marianne Meye Thompson’s thorough commentary on John’s letters contains opening material that explains the letters’ historical context, purpose, order, theological themes, and other contextual matters. A detailed explanation then illuminates the meaning of each letter both for modern audiences and ancient ones.
This volume is also available as part of the IVP New Testament Commentary Series (20 Vols.).