Table of contents for 1-3 John / Robert W. Yarbrough.


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1 John
Introduction to the Johannine Letters 3
I. Central Burden: God Is Light (1:1-2:6) 29
A. Announcement of Authority and Purpose (1:1-4) 31
B. Main Burden of the Epistle: The Character of God (1:5) 46
C. Implications of God's Character for the Christian Life
(1:6-10) 52
D. Appeal to Readers in the Light of God's Character (2:1-6) 70
II. Primary Commandment: Embody the Age-Old Message (2:7-17) 93
A. The Nature and Implications of the Message (2:7-11) 95
B. Pastoral Appeal in View of the Message (2:12-17) 112
III. Key Counsel: Abide in His Anointing (Truth) and Receive Eternal Life
(2:18-3:8) 139
A. Three Considerations Informing the Counsel to Abide
(2:18-21) 141
B. The Truth That Abides (2:22-26) 155
C. The Imperative to Abide (2:27-29) 164
D. The Glory of Abiding (3:1-8) 173
IV Core Teaching: Love, Works, Trust (3:9-4:6) 191
A. Summons to Love (3:9-18) 193
B. Confirmation of Love (3:19-24) 208
C. Summons to Choose (4:1-3) 219
D. Confirmation of Choice (4:4-6) 226
V. Foundational Imperative: God's Love (4:7-14) 231
A. First Exhortation to Love (4:7-10) 233
B. Second Exhortation to Love (4:11-14) 242
VI. Illustrative Appeal: Renewed and Expanded Invitation to Love
(4:15-5:15) 250
A. Declarative Invitation with Supporting Warrant (4:15-16) 252
B. Commendation of Love (4:17-21) 257
C. Commendation of Faith as Fides Qua Creditur (5:1-5) 268
D. Commendation of Faith as Fides Quae Creditur (5:6-12) 280
E. Commendation of the Full Assurance of Eternal Life: Confident
Prayer (5:13-15) 295
VII. Concluding Admonition: Pastoral Counsel, Assurance, and Warning
(5:16-21) 305
A. Counsel regarding Sinners and Sin (5:16-17) 306
B. The Tie That Binds: Shared Certainties (5:18-20) 315
C. Final Pastoral Appeal (5:21) 322
2 John
Introduction to 2 John and 3 John 329
I. Greeting: John's Love in Truth (1-3) 333
II. John's Joy yet Concern (4-8) 339
III. John's Warning (9-11) 349
Excursus: The Warning against 6 Fpodyov 354
IV John's Farewell (12-13) 357
3 John
Introduction to 3 John 363
I. Greeting to Gaius (1-4) 365
II. Commendation of Gaius (5-8) 370
III. Dealing with Diotrephes (9-10) 377
IV. Concluding Counsel and Commendation (11-12) 382
V Farewell (13-15 [13-14b NIV]) 385
Works Cited 389
Index of Subjects 403
Index of Authors 409
Index of Greek Words 413
Index of Scripture and Other Ancient Writings 414



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Bible, N, T, Epistles of John Commentaries