THE GENERAL EPISTLES(Verse-by-verse)
The General Epistles include: James I Peter II Peter I John II John III John Jude
These letters are referred to as the General Epistles because they were not written to specific churches. The function of the General Epistles appears to be to round out the great doctrinal teachings of the New Testament this way:* Paul sets forth the great principles of Christianity for the Gentiles.* James does the same thing for the Jews.* Peter, then, acts as a bridge between Paul and James.* John follows that with a presentation of the universality of Christianity.Or, look at it another way:* Paul can be seen as the apostle of faith.* James, as the apostle of works.* Peter, as the apostle of hope.* John, as the apostle of love.* Jude, as the apostle of the defense of the faith.
Peter and John were disciples of Jesus as He walked and taught during His earthly ministry. James and Jude were actually younger half brothers of Jesus, sons of Joseph and Mary. The Gospel actually name four half brothers of Jesus, and indicate that He also had sisters (Matthew 13:55-56 & Mark 6:3). John 7:3 tells us that His brothers did not believe that He was the Messiah. In fact, earlier in John's Gospel, they had come to Capernaum with their mother to forcibly take Him back home because they believed He had gone mad. It wasn't until after Jesus' resurrection that they came to faith - not in their half brother; but in the Messiah of Israel - God come in the flesh (Acts 1:14 & I Corinthians 5:17).
In this book we see the emphasis of the General Epistles, and how they fit in to the teaching of the rest of the Bible. Also, see how many Old Testament quotes we find in these letters.
THE GENERAL EPISTLES
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