Christian Origins #93

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This entry is part 93 of 96 in the series Christian Origins

There was one man who was closer to Jesus than any other. Sometimes I wonder what it was about this man that made him so special. Because Jesus had 12 disciples, but only one of these was called that disciple whom Jesus loved. I have no doubt he loved them all, and I equally have no doubt that one of them was special.

His name is John, and he wrote the fourth Gospel (easily the most theological), Revelation, and 1st, 2nd and 3rd John. I noticed something while preparing this program on 1 John that I had overlooked before. 1 John may not be an epistle at all. It is more like a song in 36 stanzas.

Realizing that 1 John is a poem or a song is important, because it explains some of the curious constructions and connections—or the lack thereof in some places. In writing poetry, an author may even change his selection of words to fit some desired meter, cadence, or even vocal color. With this in mind, we can read it as never before.

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Ronald L. Dart

Ronald L. Dart (1934–2016) — People around the world have come to appreciate his easy style, non-combative approach to explaining the Bible, and the personal, almost one-on-one method of explaining what’s going on in the world in the light of the Bible. After retiring from teaching and church administration in 1995 he started Christian Educational Ministries and the Born to Win radio program.

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