1 John 1:1–3

Defaulting to Grace and other observations
The Dove
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5 min readJun 4, 2024

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A summer study through the letters of John

This summer I want to dive into the letters of John. It’s mostly for me, but I welcome your company on the journey!

“The life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us” (1 John 1:2, ESV).

Patmos Island, Greece. courtesy Christine Ellsay on Unsplash

A little context to set up the letters:

Scholars generally agree that the letters are written by the Apostle John, also known as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” Early in the gospels, John and his brother James were the “Sons of Thunder,” fishermen with attitude, whose mother argued for them to sit at the right and left hands of Jesus in the heavenly kingdom. He was the only disciple to live to old age, although he spent most of his later years alone on the island of Patmos off the Grecian coast. John wrote his story Jesus, now called the Gospel of John, usually the fourth book of a New Testament, sometime before 70 AD. John also wrote the Revelation of the Apocalypse about the same time, although many scholars date it in the mid-90s AD. John’s letters to the churches near Ephesus date somewhere between 85 and 95 AD. Most scholars agree that the same John wrote the gospel, the letters, and the revelation.

The importance of authorship is credibility. While modern academics compose…

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Defaulting to Grace and other observations
The Dove

By Stephanie Loomis: Lover of Jesus, Wife, Mom, Ama, Writer, Teacher, Photographer, Singer, Athlete, Artist...a modern Renaissance woman.