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Salvation in the Johannine Epistles

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Soteriology, as it is dealt with in the Johannine epistles, is among the most complex. This chapter initially determines various soteriological expressions. These expressions are interpreted within the social framework of the Johannine community, which gave rise to the writing of these epistles. To introduce this research, a methodological remark is necessary: Since there are close connections between the three Johannine epistles, the chapter looks at 1 John as the main source for this discussion on soteriology, and 2 and 3 John are incorporated where applicable and necessary. It provides some orientation regarding the approach to soteriology in the Johannine epistles, and discusses the role of Jesus in the salvation events. The chapter specially emphasises on how a person becomes saved. Finally, the implications of salvation in the lives of God's children are expostulated.

Keywords: Johannine community; Johannine epistles; salvation events; social framework; soteriological expressions



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