The First Epistle General of John

New Testament: Student Study guide, (2003), 160–161

The Three Epistles of John

The Apostle John, who also wrote the Gospel of John, probably wrote these letters between A.D.  70 and 100. The Church was then facing two serious difficulties. Enemies outside of the Church were persecuting the members and false teachers within the Church were defying leaders and encouraging many members into apostasy. John wrote the first epistle as his testimony of the Savior and the truth of the gospel.