Commentaries on 1 John

1 John is the twenty-third book of the New Testament. Authorship is traditionally attributed to John son of Zebedee. John may have been writing to believers in Ephesus. John writes to warn the recipients of false prophets and their teachings. Commentaries on 1 John often address the importance of fellowship in the life of a Christian, the centrality of love among Christians, and the victorious nature of faith in Christ.

Top Reviewed Commentaries on 1 John



1, 2, and 3 John (BECNT) by Robert Yarbrough


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Accolades:

D.A. Carson: a “best buy” on 1 John, “he writes with color and verve…he combines good exegesis, theological reflection”

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority: commentary on 1 John

Tom Schreiner: recommended, “a very fine exposition of the Greek text”

Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on 1 John, “Yarbrough, like Kruse, is an accessible author. If you can get two commentaries on John’s letters, start here with Kruse and Yarbrough.”

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The Letters of John (PNTC) by Colin G. Kruse


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Accolades:

Desiring God: a Top 2 recommended commentary on 1 John

D.A. Carson: a “best buy” on 1 John, “this is the place to start for pastors with little to no Greek”

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority: commentary on 1 John

Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on 1 John, “This work on the Epistles of John is thorough and accessible. It should be on the desk of every pastor and teacher.”

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The Letters of John (TNTC) by John Stott


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Accolades:

Desiring God: a Top 2 recommended commentary on 1 John

D.A. Carson: a “best buy” on 1 John, “packed with both exegetical comments and thoughtful application”

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “reliable as always and accessible to the busy pastor”

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1, 2, and 3 John (ZECNT) by Karen H. Jobes


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Accolades:

2015 Christian Book Award

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority: commentary on 1 John

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1, 2, and 3 John (WBC) by Stephen S. Smalley


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Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended, “an insightful exposition of the Greek text”

Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on 1 John, “[Smalley’s] commentary on the Epistles of John is a valuable contribution to the literature.”

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The Epistles of John (NICNT) by I. Howard Marshall


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Accolades:

D.A. Carson: a “best buy” on 1 John, “the book is simply written and ably brings together a good deal of previous scholarship without getting bogged down in minutiae”

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a clear and brief exposition for the busy pastor”

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From the publisher: “Written for scholars, pastors, and lay readers alike…undertaken to provide earnest students of the New Testament with an exposition that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship and at the same time loyal to the Scriptures as the infallible Word of God.”



The Letters of John (NIVAC) by Gary M. Burge


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Accolades:

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority: commentary on 1 John

Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on 1 John, “Pastors, Bible Study leaders, and other teachers will find Burge’s commentary in the NIVAC series a helpful tool, particularly as they seek insight on how to apply the timeless truth of God’s Word in these letters to the contemporary context in which we live.”

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Letters and Homilies for Hellenized Christians (SRC) by Ben Witherington III


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Accolades:

Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on 1 John, “It is a helpful work that should be consulted by those doing in-depth study of these letters.”

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1, 2, 3 John (NAC) by Daniel L. Akin


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Accolades:

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority: commentary on 1 John

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From the publisher: “The New American Commentary is introduced to bridge the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This new series has been designed primarily to enable pastors, teachers, and students to read the Bible with clarity and proclaim it with power.”



The Epistles of John (Anchor) by Raymond E. Brown


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Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a massive commentary by a famous Roman Catholic scholar – for technical research”

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1, 2, and 3 John (REC) by Douglas Sean O’Donnell


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Accolades:

World Magazine: 2017 “Series of the Year”

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More Commentaries with Application Help for Pastors



Exalting Jesus in 1, 2, 3 John (CCEC) by David L. Akin


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1, 2, and 3 John (Preaching the Word) by David L. Allen


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1, 2, and 3 John (Interpretation) by D. Moody Smith


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1, 2, and 3 John (SGBC) by Constantine R. Campbell


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More Verse-by-Verse Commentaries



The Gospel of John, 1-3 John (CBC) by Philip W. Comfort and Wendell C. Hawley


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1, 2, and 3 John (IVPNTC) by Marianne Meye Thompson


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Classic Christian Commentaries for Bible Study



1, 2, and 3 John (MNTCS) by John MacArthur


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