While the Apostle John wrote five book in the New Testament, the three most books are the Gospel according to John, Revelation and 1st John. Unfortunately this leaves the rest of his epistles largely unread. The most common reason for this is their brevity, with 2 and 3 John being a single chapter each. This breeds the misplaced notion that they do not have enough girth to make the effort of studying.
In Christian Focus’ newest volume of the magnificent Focus on the Bible series 1, 2, 3 John by John D. Hannah. In this volume Hannah demonstrates not only why the erroneous mentality towards 2 and 3 John is wrong but also why it is so dangerous for the church to ignore them. Hannah does this by diving into each of these epistles with the same determination, to show Christ from every corner of scripture. He accomplishes this feat in this volume with great vigor.
With this in mind this commentary is very easy to read devotional like commentary on the text as well as potent application for the reader. While admittedly Hannah does spend a considerable amount of time on 1 John, it is the longest epistle out of the three. Yet does this without adding large technical sections, which is a breath of fresh air to other commentaries currently on the market aimed at these epistles.
As with all commentaries in the Focus on the Bible series, the introductory matters are largely kept to a minimum and while there is no verse by verse exposition, the section by section approach is still a worthwhile technique. This commentary is also up-to-date and is applicable not only to the laymen but to the pastor as well. That is why I recommend this text to any laymen as a wonderful devotional and to the pastor as a great introduction to the epistles with a lot of application helpful for sermon preparation.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Christian Focus Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
1, 2, 3 John: Redemption’s Certainty (Focus On the Bible)
© 2017 by John D. Hannah
Publisher: Christian Focus Publishing
Page Count: 272 Pages
Publishers Website: http://christianfocus.com