Author: Not stated but according to church tradition, the apostle John.
Date: Approximately AD 92.
In Ten Words or Less: Jesus was real man just as He is real God.
Details: First John tackles a strange heresy that claimed Jesus had been on earth only in spirit, not in body: “Every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist” (4:3). John wrote that he knew Jesus personally, as one “which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled” (1:1), and that knowledge leads to a saving belief in Jesus. Saving belief leads to obedience, but even when we sin, we know that God “is faithful and just to forgive us our sins” when we confess (1:9).
From Know Your Bible, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission.