1–3 John and Jude

November 27, 2023 to December 3, 2023

The Apostle John encourages us to look to Christ, walk in God’s light, and hope to see him as he is. John and Jude both warn against ideas contrary to Christ’s doctrine.

“Christ, Our Advocate and High Priest,” John S. Tanner, Religious Educator

“Jesus is called advocate only once in the New Testament. This occurs in 1 John 2:1. Christ is alluded to as advocate many times in modern revelation. Modern revelation also clarifies even the verse in 1 John. . . . . The idea here is that Christ is by our side, as our helper and our defender; He speaks in our behalf.”

“Twilight in the Early Church,” W. Jeffrey Marsh, in Go Ye into All the World: Messages of the New Testament Apostles

Establishes John as the author of these three epistles. John counters Gnosticism and other apostasies. He teaches about God’s nature and challenges us to stand as witnesses of Jesus Christ.

“Agency and Self-Deception in the Writings of James and 1 John,” Terrance D. Olson, Go Ye into All the World: Messages of the New Testament Apostles

In 1 John, “a contrast is established immediately between walking in light and walking in darkness. Walking in darkness is characterized by our doing not the truth; by the truth not being in us. . . . it is in our response to the gospel—how we act upon it, and not how it acts upon us—that reveals who and what we see; who and what we are, in any given moment. Our disobedience changes our world—what we see and what we understand, and how we relate to others. Being blind to the truth is the condition of those who refuse to live by the truth they have been offered.”

The Overlooked Epistle of Jude,” by Gaye Strathearn in Shedding Light on the New Testament: Acts–Revelation, ed. Ray L. Huntington, Frank F. Judd Jr., and David M. Whitchurch (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2009).

The author of Jude may have been an apostle or may have been a man with a family connection to both Jesus and James. Jude’s main concern is about the doctrinal drift with the church. He mentions a “first estate” (verse 6), which modern revelation explains in more detail.

Chart 14-13: “2 Peter & 1 John,” Charting the New Testament

Themes in 1 John.

Chart 14-14: “2 & 3 John & Jude,” Charting the New Testament

Themes in 2, 3 John and Jude.