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The 1st John is one of the General epistles

1st John is the twenty-third book of the New Testament and the sixty-second book of Bible. It was the first epistle written by John the Apostle, being the second book of the Bible he had wrote. First John was written as a proclamation of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ.[1]


John addresses a variety of different groups in his epistle. In First John, John writes it for the children, because their sins have been forgiven.[2] He also addresses the fathers because of their knowledge of God at the beginning, and the young men for overcoming sin with God.[3][4]

It seems that foremost and firstly John is addressing the children[5] throughout the entire book, more prominently than any other group. The children being addressed may refer to physical children as well as children of God.[6]

John also seems to address the audience of the letter as his associates or friends.[7]

First John purpose of writing was to be a proclamation of Jesus Christ's Incarnation[1] and to remind those who believed Christ of their eternal life.[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1 John 1:3-4
  2. 1 John 2:1,12 (Link)
  3. 1 John 2:13 (Link)
  4. 1 John 2:14 (Link)
  5. 1 John 2:18,28; 3:7,18; 4:4;5:21 (Link)
  6. 1 John 3:2, Gal 3:26 (Link)
  7. 1 John 2:7; 3:2,21; 4:1,7,11 (Link)
  8. 1 John 1:13 (Link)

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