I’ve been in an interesting conversation on a protestant messageboard about 1 John. I guess I had not realized how many different views on 1 John there are, and I’m wanting opinion and different churchs’ teachings on it.
In protestant circles there seems to be a split in opinion two ways. The first is; Was 1 John mainly written for believers, unbelievers, or both?
The second is; Was John presenting Tests of Life or Tests of Fellowship? In essence was he painting a picture of Salvation, or a picture of Christian Life. (In shorthand; The first would be comparing Saved to Unsaved the second would be comparing a Christian in good standing vs. one in bad standing.)
Opinions/thoughts? I’m thinking John knew his audience would be a mix of all of the above in the various church congregations where the letter would be circulated. :shrug: