Reading 1 John with Martin Luther

Orrey McFarland

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 2/8/2021

Issue: Johannine Epistles (Vol. 41, No 1, Winter, 2021)

Luther sees that the author of 1 John is dealing with both a lack of true faith and a lack of true love in his community. Both are a result of sinful human nature that is a part of every person: Luther's simul iustus et peccator. But though humans sin, they can, with God's help, fight against that sin and cling to the Rock that cannot be snatched away.

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