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Responding to docetic teachings, he testified that Jesus Christ literally came to earth in the flesh, labeling those who taught otherwise as “antichrist” (2 John 1:7). What do these verses teach about the body of Jesus Christ? Followers of Docetism overemphasized Jesus’s spiritual nature to the point that they rejected the idea that He came to earth in actual bodily form. Yet they're all loosely tied together by the same ideas. In this epistle John addressed the dangerous spread of apostate influences in the Church and gave an apostolic warning to the Saints to have no fellowship with darkness but to stay in the safety of gospel light. The author of this epistle never identified himself by name, but Christians since the beginning of the church have considered this letter authoritative, believing it was written by For example, the bishop Cyprian (about A.D. 200–258) wrote: “What man is, Christ was willing to be, that man also may be what Christ is. … What Christ is, we Christians shall be, if we imitate Christ” (“The Treatises of Cyprian,” 6.11, 15, in Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson, eds., The Writings of the Fathers Down to A.D. 325: Ante-Nicene Fathers, 10 vols. It’s a simple one, but it is true. John himself had seen God the Father (see Revelation 5:1; D&C 67:11). A propitiation is a sacrifice made to regain God’s favor or goodwill (see 1 John 2:2; 4:10). • To add to their joy. “It is to him that we turn for our meager knowledge of the disputation between Michael and Lucifer about the body of Moses. Summary of the Book of 1 John Author: 1, 2, and 3 John have from earliest times been attributed to the apostle John, who also wrote the Gospel of John. As eyewitnesses of the resurrected Savior, John and Jude counseled the faithful on how they might resist false doctrines. A particular philosophy that was gaining popularity at the time was Docetism. Those who seek fellowship with God must leave the darkness of sin in order to walk in the light of Jesus Christ. Take His yoke upon you. The Letters of John (Tyndale New Testament Commentaries), The Letters of John (The Pillar New Testament Commentary). John’s testimony of Jesus Christ and His role in our salvation powerfully refuted the false teachings that were then entering into the Church. What is important is that these verses emphasize the blood of Christ. President Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency explained that the purpose of mortal life is to become like God through the Atonement of Jesus Christ: “In the theology of the restored church of Jesus Christ, the purpose of mortal life is to prepare us to realize our destiny as sons and daughters of God—to become like Him. … The Bible describes mortals as ‘the children of God’ and as ‘heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ’ (Rom. The King James Version of 1 John 3:6 reads, “Whosoever sinneth hath not seen him [Christ], neither known him.” The Joseph Smith Translation of 1 John 3:6, 8–9 clarifies the difference between one who sins and one who continues in sin: “Whosoever continueth in sin hath not seen him, neither known him. …, “He that continueth in sin is of the devil. …. Is there a voice that will always give us clear directions to find our way in today’s troubled world?’ The answer is yes. In this case the test that determined true teachers was whether they taught “that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh” (1 John 4:2). As a result of their rebelliousness, Lucifer and his followers were cast out of heaven and forfeited the blessings of eternal life” (“Our Moral Agency,” Ensign, Mar. The apparent addition is the words “in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. “Light dispels darkness. He also reminds believers to welcome true missionaries who teach the message of the cross and love others. John called the Saints “the sons of God” and said that “when he shall appear, we shall be like him” (1 John 3:1–2). We do not know the location of its composition. A core teaching in many forms of Gnosticism was that the spirit was wholly good and that matter, including the physical body, was wholly evil. John called the Savior our “advocate with the Father” and “the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 2:1–2). John referred to these people as “spirits” who possessed the “spirit of antichrist” (see 1 John 4:1–3). Even as John pointed out how antichrists were at work within the Church, he assured the Saints that “an unction from the Holy One” would allow them to “know all things” as they sought to resist false ideas (1 John 2:20). John was not suggesting that the Saints should fail to extend common courtesy to those who taught contrary doctrines. The author identified himself as “the elder” (2 John 1:1) and is traditionally understood to be the Apostle John. John associated light with love and darkness with hate (see 1 John 2:9–11). Jude used these examples to put his readers “in remembrance” of what awaits those who rebel against proper authority and fail to repent (verse 5). They reject the need for a Savior. Write a few sentences that explain what John taught about love in these verses. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland similarly expressed that Christ came to demonstrate the great love God has for His children: Arise and Walk, by Simon Dewey. The Apostle John concluded, ‘Let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth’ (1 John 3:18)” (“Repentance and Change,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2003, 40). God and Jesus are light. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. In our dispensation, Emma Smith, wife of the Prophet Joseph Smith, was called “an elect lady” (D&C 25:3). In II John, the apostle, wrote to warn believers about false teachers. [1965–73], 3:371). Jude may have quoted from the apocryphal book of Enoch, which is not in our present canon of scripture. Another possibility is that “the elect lady and her children” were John’s wife and family. At the same time, he also expressed joy for Church members who had remained strong and loyal (see 2 John 1:1). John acknowledged the hostility that Church members were facing, encouraging his readers to “marvel not … if the world hate you” (1 John 3:13). Jude compared false teachers to the rebellious Cain, Balaam, and Core (or Korah, as it is spelled in the Old Testament), each of whom sinned grievously in the eyes of the Lord (see Jude 1:11). Chapter 1: Introduction to the New Testament, Chapter 8: Matthew 24–25; Joseph Smith—Matthew, The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans, The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians, The Second Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians, The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians, The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians, The Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Philippians and Colossians, The Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Thessalonians, Chapter 46: 1 Thessalonians and 2 Thessalonians, The Epistles of Paul the Apostle to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon, Chapter 47: 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, and Philemon, The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Hebrews, The First and Second Epistles General of Peter, The First, Second, and Third Epistles General of John and the General Epistle of Jude, Chapter 52: 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, and Jude, “Chapter 52: 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, and Jude,” New Testament Student Manual (2018), “Chapter 52,” New Testament Student Manual. How could you do better at showing love toward your family, friends, or even strangers? President Oaks referred to the early Christian doctrine of deification—the idea that human beings can become like God. “The presiding elder said: ‘My dear young man, you would be a very smart man, and a very useful man in the earth, if you did not believe all those foolish things’” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Wilford Woodruff [2004], 35–36). And Korah rebelled against Moses because he was excluded from priesthood office (see Numbers 16:1–3, 31–35). For more information on John, see “Who wrote John?” in chapter 21. The fact that it mentions no one by name suggests it was a circular letter sent to Christians in a number of places. “When [Jesus] shall appear, we shall be like him” (1 John 3:2). [1965–73], 3:374). “He alone records Enoch’s glorious prophecy about the Second Coming of the Son of Man” (Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3 vols. This rejoicing illustrates the joy and gratitude that Church leaders, both ancient and modern, feel for those who remain faithful to the Lord. The King James Version of 1 John 4:12 reads, “No man hath seen God at any time.” The Joseph Smith Translation of this verse clarifies the misconception that mortals are unable to see God: “No man hath seen God at any time, except them who believe” (in 1 John 4:12, footnote a). That encouragement must be extended to every soul who struggles to come out of the culture of the world and into the culture of the gospel of Jesus Christ. A number of reasons were involved in writing 1 John. Love has been taught “from the beginning,” and on the last night of the Savior’s mortal ministry, He taught it again: “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you” (John 15:12). John continued by teaching: “If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us” (1 John 4:12). Beware of those who speak and publish in opposition to God’s true prophets and who actively proselyte others with reckless disregard for the eternal well-being of those whom they seduce. …. Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. The universe is not the product of mindless matter, but an intelligent Creator. Painting of an early Christian meal from the catacomb of Saints Marcellinus and Peter in Rome. Share an insight you gained with someone you think would benefit from it. By using this website, I acknowledge that I am 16 years of age or older, and I agree to the. If you will listen to the living prophet and the apostles and heed our counsel, you will not go astray” (“His Word Ye Shall Receive,” Ensign, May 2001, 65–66). The existence of similar false teachings is also evident in Paul’s writings (see Colossians 2:8–9). Before he was an Apostle, as a young father, he became aware of great suffering at a neighbor’s home whose large family was stricken with the dreaded diphtheria. As an Amazon Associate, if you use the link above, we receive a small percentage from qualifying purchases. Each book also addresses deceivers, teachers who no longer acknowledge that Jesus is the Messiah or Son of God but spread fear and division among believers. Its purpose was to warn about the increasing threat of false teachings and to reassure Christians of their faith and love in Jesus Christ. Some commentators have noted similarities between Jude and 2 Peter and suggested that one writer may have used the other as a source or that both drew from a common source. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also … The Prologue to the Letter 1:1 This is what we proclaim to you: what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and our hands have touched (concerning the word of life – 1:2 and the life was revealed, and we have seen and testify and announce to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us). He was baptized just a few days later. Jude 1:4–9 is indeed similar in wording to 2 Peter 2; however, Peter was prophesying of future apostasy whereas Jude spoke of an apostasy that was currently taking place (see 2 Peter 2:1; Jude 1:4). • John • 1 John • 2 John • 3 John • Revelation Only Paul authored more New Testament books than John. 8:17) and that ‘when he shall appear, we shall be like him’ (1 Jn. President Dallin H. Oaks similarly taught: “As the ‘salt of the earth,’ we are also the ‘light of the world,’ and our light must not be hidden (see Matthew 5:13–16). Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another’ [1 John 4:10–11]—and to love Him forever, I pray” (“The Grandeur of God,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2003, 72–73; see also the commentary for John 3:14–17). 2 The same was in the beginning with God. Tradition states that John left Palestine to live in Ephesus during his later years; therefore, 1–3 John could have been written from Ephesus. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles stated: “If you haven’t already, you will one day find yourself called upon to defend your faith or perhaps even endure some personal abuse simply because you are a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They believed that God was invisible, immortal, all-knowing, and immaterial, and they considered the physical world and the physical body to be base and evil. The key personalities in this book are the Apostle John, Gaius, Diotrephes, and Demetrius. When Christ comes again, the righteous will be like Him. Even though it had been only a few decades since the death of Jesus Christ, false teachers were teaching a “doctrine” different from that taught by the Apostles (see 2 John 1:9–10). 1 John. An antichrist is “anyone or anything that counterfeits the true gospel plan of salvation and that openly or secretly opposes Christ” (Guide to the Scriptures, “Antichrist”; scriptures.lds.org). This was necessary so that Moses could appear on the Mount of Transfiguration two thousand years later with his physical body and lay his hands on the heads of Peter, James, and John to give them priesthood keys (see History of the Church, 3:387). Jude said that these two cities were destroyed because their people indulged in the sins of “fornication, and going after strange flesh” (Jude 1:7; see also Genesis 19:27–29). In the third letter, John wrote to commend, encourage, and instruct his good friend Gaius. John bluntly labeled those who taught false doctrine as being “antichrist” (1 John 2:18, 22; 4:3), and he encouraged Church members to shun falsehoods and remain with him in fellowship “with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3). John affirmed his personal witness of Jesus Christ and invited his readers to experience a similar joy and fellowship with the Father and the Son. 1. This book is the shortest book in the New Testament and was written to praise Gaius and Demetrius for their faithful service. The author of 1 John did not identify himself in the epistle; however, as early as the second century, Christian scholars have identified the author as the Apostle John, one of the original Twelve. In form, 1 John is more of a doctrinal essay or treatise than an epistle to a specific Christian congregation. In his Gospel, John recorded Jesus’s teaching that those who love the Savior keep His commandments: “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love” (John 15:10). John reminded his readers that in spite of antichrists who try to deceive, they must not lose the spiritual progress they have made (see 2 John 1:8). A summary of 1 John 3 from @biblesummary. The idea that God is light is found elsewhere in John’s writings and other scripture (see John 1:4–9; 8:12; 9:1–5; 2 Corinthians 4:6; D&C 50:23–24; 88:49–50, 67–68). https://www.insight.org/resources/bible/the-general-epistles/third-john Through the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, we can see a manifestation of Heavenly Father’s great love for us. The location of its composition is unknown. John taught that in order to have fellowship with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ, we must become like Them. The Second Coming of Jesus Christ, by Grant R. Clawson. 2:1,12,28; 3:7,18; 5:21; and 3 Jn. For the Church members John addressed, fear would have been a natural response to the hostilities they faced. John described himself as “the elder”; “the elect lady” he was writing to (see 2 John 1:1) is either a figurative reference to a branch of the Church or a literal reference to a female member, perhaps even his wife. However, John wrote that “perfect love casteth out fear” (1 John 4:18). Whether these words reflect John’s original writing or were later added by an unknown person is debated. Introduction and Timeline for 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, and Jude. )” (Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3:421). We do not know the location of its composition. John warned of antichrists and false prophets. John noted that because Diotrephes loved to have “preeminence” among the Saints, he rejected the authority of John and other Church leaders. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. The key personalities are the Apostles Peter and Paul. The phrase “little children” is used similarly in John 13:33 and Doctrine and Covenants 78:17. Want to read through the Bible this year? Elder Robert D. Hales (1932–2017) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught how we might dispel darkness from our life and walk in the light: “As children, we learned how to keep darkness away by turning on a light. When the spiritual light of the Holy Ghost is present, the darkness of Satan departs. We show our love for God by loving others and by our obedience to the commandments. “That if men will personify that love in their lives, they will become like the Lord himself and have eternal life with him” (Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3 vols. He is praised for his conservatism and for his ability to understand and explain the positions of other scholars. The audience of 1 John is not explicitly stated. 1 John 2:1-2 Christ our Advocate. To read more about Jesus Christ as our propitiation, see the commentary for Romans 3:25. Will you tell me why you don’t contend for that Gospel that Jesus Christ taught, and that His Apostles taught? We understood the physical law that is also a spiritual law: light and darkness cannot occupy the same space at the same time. The Book of 3 John is a private letter, between John the Elder and a Christian named Gaius. Choose one of those things and create a plan to implement it in your life. Jude’s message was that the Saints’ worship and social practices were becoming corrupted by inappropriate behavior (see also 1 Corinthians 11:18–34; 1 Peter 4:3; 2 Peter 2:13). 1:3 What we have seen and heard we announce to you too, so that you may have fellowship with us (and indeed our fellowship is with the … Diotrephes, a local Church leader, refused to recognize John’s authority (see 3 John 1:9–10). Jesus Christ is the sacrifice that allows us to regain God’s favor. In 3 John we see John’s concern about apostate influences in the Church. Jude compared these rebellious individuals to people in Old Testament times who were destroyed for their disobedience—the Israelites who were led out of Egypt and later failed to forsake their sins, and the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah. The vocabulary and style closely match 1 John and 2 John, leading most commentators to conclude that the epistles had the same author. Expanding on this personal witness, John invited his readers to have “fellowship” not only with John and those who ministered with him, but also “with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3). John encouraged Gaius to continue in goodness and informed him that he would soon visit him (see 3 John 1:11–13). She died in agony at 10 a.m.’ The three children had all departed within the space of 24 hours. While on the cross, water flowed from Christ’s pierced side. From the play Savior of the World. Why do you think it is important to rely on the words of prophets and apostles rather than the teachings of the world? Jude warned the Saints of “ungodly men” who had “crept in unawares” (Jude 1:4; see also verse 15). Elder Bruce R. McConkie taught, “To have fellowship with the Lord in this life is to enjoy the companionship of his Holy Spirit, … and to have fellowship with him in eternity is to be like him, having that eternal life of which he is the possessor and originator” (Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3 vols. John advised the Saints that if they encountered a false teacher, they should “receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed” (2 John 1:10). Praise for walking in truth (1–4) Praise for loving the brethren (5–8) Caution regarding Diotrephes (9–12) Anticipation of a visit (13–15) More pages like 3 John. Although some of the false teachings that John refuted in this epistle are different from those prevalent in the world today, studying 1 John can help modern Church members become more discerning of false teachings about Jesus Christ, and following John’s counsel can help them maintain close fellowship with the Lord as they abide in the truth. John wrote to believers (see 1 John 1:3–4; 2:12–14), perhaps those in Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey), where historical sources say John lived and ministered in the late first century A.D. False teachers had created a schism, or division, among the Saints in the region (see 1 John 2:18–19, 22, 26; 4:1). What difference does it make for you to know that Jesus Christ possesses a glorified physical body? Brief Summary: John is writing with his usual strong emphasis on truth to this much-loved brother in Christ, Gaius, a layman of some wealth and distinction in a city near Ephesus. This term can be seen as one of endearment, much like when Paul referred to Timothy as his son (see 1 Timothy 1:2, 18; 2 Timothy 1:2). John spoke about how he and others had personally seen, heard, and touched the resurrected Jesus Christ (see 1 John 1:1–3). For more information on becoming heirs of God, see the commentary for Romans 8:17. He heard this principle taught by the Savior, who is the source of enduring love. The book of Jude references Old Testament and Jewish literature to refute corrupt teachers and encourage godly living. Diotrephes was apparently either a leader in a local branch or the host of a house-church. John apparently wrote this epistle for the same purposes as 1 John. John warned Church members not to heed or befriend these individuals. The Apostle John warned that this will cause the world to hate us (see 1 John 3:13). What does John 1:3 mean? 3:2). I. The vocabulary, writing style, and themes closely match those of 1 John and 3 John, leading most commentators to conclude that the epistles had the same author. The phrase “going after strange flesh” refers to engaging in homosexual acts. Obedience to God’s commandments is an important theme in John’s writings, as expressed in 1 John 2:3–6. According to Jude, he had originally intended to write about “the common salvation” (Jude 1:3), meaning the idea that “salvation is available to all men, not just a select few” (Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3:416). It also declares that ‘we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together’ (Rom. a. Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in … What a great example of Christlike kindness!” (“The Virtue of Kindness,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2005, 28). What does it mean to gain fellowship with God? In addition, the author of the Epistles of John was an eyewitness of the resurrected Savior, which was certainly true of John the Apostle (see 1 John 1:1–4; 4:14). Water, blood, and spirit are associated with both our physical and spiritual births (see 1 John 5:6–8). Some commentators have noted similarities between 1–3 John and the Gospel of John, suggesting that they had a common author. (1Jo 1:4; 2:1; 5:13) "that your joy may be full" "that you may not sin" "that you may know that you have eternal life" "that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God" List another reason John wrote this epistle. It reminds believers that the way they live demonstrates their faith. The Savior endured the suffering due for the accumulated sins of the whole world; however, only those who truly repent will receive the full benefits of the Savior’s Atonement (see D&C 18:10–12; 19:16–19). Blessings require some work or effort on our part before we can obtain them” (“Prayer”). 1996, 30–31). To read more about the Church’s teachings regarding homosexual acts, see the commentary for Romans 1:26–27. Baptism is performed by immersion in water. Why do you not contend for that religion that gives unto you power before God, power to heal the sick, to make the blind to see, the lame to walk, and that gives you the Holy Ghost and those gifts and graces that have been manifest from the creation of the world? …’. Jude’s epistle would have helped his readers discern evil people of his day. He came back the next morning to find that one more of the children had died during the night. John warned his readers that “many deceivers are entered into the world” (2 John 1:7). Our highest aspiration is to be like them. Here we have three different letters, written at different times, to different people. Written by John the Elder to house church believers, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John echo the gospel of John. [1966], 812–13). 1 The elder,(A) To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth. John provided a concise definition of sin: “Sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). We also see John’s love for others and the joy he felt for those who were choosing a life of obedience (see 3 John 1:4). That is why those who have made the covenant to change have a sacred duty to love and help one another. John pointed out that our faith in Jesus Christ allows us to overcome the world (see 1 John 5:4–5). Certain phrases may have been added to 1 John 5:7–8 as late as the fourth century A.D. Act on your plan, and record your experience in your journal. 2:1 … He immediately went to work, cleaning the untidy house, preparing the young body for burial, cleaning and providing for the other sick children, spending the entire day doing so. It taught me that the organization of the Church consisted of Prophets, Apostles, Pastors and Teachers. …, “These are the things which I learned, and they made an impression upon me. Therefore, they believed that since Jesus was the divine Son of God, He could not have experienced the limitations of being human. “… Our theology begins with heavenly parents. In this epistle, John repeatedly contrasted light with darkness and encouraged readers to abide in the light. 1 John, 2 John, 3 John addresses deceivers who no longer acknowledge Jesus as Messiah or God's Son and stir up hostility among faithful believers. John declared that he had heard, seen, and felt the resurrected Jesus Christ (see 1 John 1:1). I believed in them; yet I had never heard them taught by any clergyman or divine upon the earth. … On one occasion I attended one of those great meetings which were sometimes held in Connecticut, at which forty or fifty ministers of various denominations were gathered together. … At this meeting permission was given for anybody to make remarks. Christ covered the sins of all the world (1 John 2:2). If this letter was indeed authored by Jude the brother of Jesus, it was probably written between A.D. 40 and 80. John the son of Zebedee probably wrote his three NT letters no later than the 90s a.d. John apparently wanted his readers to understand that he was writing this letter as his personal witness of the resurrected Christ (see Luke 24:36–39; Acts 1:3). Author, Date, and Recipients. Elder Bruce R. McConkie gave insight about this verse: “Commentators assume … that Jude had before him and was quoting from a then current apocryphal book, ‘The Assumption of Moses,’ which has been preserved to us in fragmentary form only. My little children--The diminutive expresses the tender affection of an aged pastor and spiritual father. In what ways do the writings of John and Jude contribute to your understanding of the Apostasy? He taught of the “first estate” and explained what awaits those who rebel against God and His work (Jude 1:6). Although John spent a major portion of his life in Palestine, the area was hostile to Christians and Jews following the destruction of Jerusalem and its temple in A.D. 70. They also believed that salvation was achieved through special knowledge (gnosis) rather than through faith in Jesus Christ. Christ’s atoning blood allows us to be born again. Jude’s reference to mockers in Jude 1:18–19 probably refers to those who mocked Christians in his day, and it applies to conditions in the world today. Oh, and the same author: a guy who only calls himself "the elder." However, since early Christian congregations gathered to worship in the homes of Church members, traditional customs of hospitality could inadvertently enable heretical teachers to infiltrate congregations. John sometimes referred to Church members in the areas in which he ministered as his “little children” (1 John 2:1, 12, 18, 28; 3:7; 4:4; 5:21). The forces of light and love in 1 John 5:7–8 as late as fourth. 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