Letters from the Beloved: Studies in 1, 2 & 3 Yochanan (John)


Called “the disciple whom Yeshua loved,” Yochanan (John) was by far the youngest disciple to witness Yeshua’s ministry, and he lived longer than any of the others. His three pastoral epistles, therefore – penned late in his ministry – reflect more practical experience than any other New Testament writings. Perhaps this is why Yochanan’s letters – like his Gospel – bear such a strong imprint of the one characteristic that most clearly defines God’s relationship with His people from the very beginning: love. “For God so loved the world” we read in the Gospel, yet that truth is balanced in Yochanan’s letters by its practical implication: “The one who says, ‘I have come to know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” This balance between a theology of love and its outworking forms the core of Yochanan’s letters. Nowhere else in the New Testament do we find such clear tools to evaluate our walk of faith: “by this we know we love Him …” for example. Join Messianic Rabbi Joel Liberman in a verse-by-verse journey through these essential books.

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