Akin, president and professor of preaching and theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, is most recognized for his expository preaching and focus on the Great Commission. (He’s authored numerous books, including God on Sex and the NAC commentary on 1, 2, 3 John.)
In Exalting Jesus in 1, 2, & 3 John, Akins takes a Christ-centered approach to expositing John’s letters. In the below excerpt on his commentary on 1 John 1:1–4, Akins writes of the timelessness of John’s message:
In our twenty-first-century context, we constantly face confusion, distortions, inaccuracies, and outright denials of the Jesus revealed in the Bible. This is nothing new. The apostle John faced the same challenges in the first century, and he penned 1 John to set the record straight. He knew that it was absolutely essential to get the “Jesus question” right! . . .
There is great timelessness to the truths we will encounter in this letter that are true anywhere, anytime, and under any circumstances. They are truths for the community of faith that confesses Jesus as Lord, keeps the commands of the Father, and loves one another. John begins [his] prologue by putting before us three great truths about the life of Jesus. In so doing he says, “Look! Here is a life like no other!”
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