It is essential to give a little preface before we begin a verse-by-verse study of the three epistles of John. To our understanding and experience, they are probably the least understood epistles in the New Testament. One reason is that when we read the first epistle, it is sort of sonorous and mellifluous; that is, its flow is sweet like honey. If we finished this epistle and were asked four hours later what we had read, very few would know because it has a seeming lack of perspicuity; that is, it lacks a definiteness on the surface. However, if we were living at the time this epistle was written, it would be dynamite—just the opposite.
For many years, we found that something was lacking in reviews and considerations of this first epistle, but fortunately, within the past year, we found someone who agreed with us. What we would like to say is the following. While this first epistle correctly conveys the peculiar and affectionate disposition of the Apostle John when it is superficially read and understood, we will endeavor to show that none of the apostles spoke more sharply than John.