Seize Life Now and Forever: The Breakthrough to Understanding 1, 2, and 3 John

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Written for the lay reader, this guide to John's letters presents the essential elements of Christian theology in the most understandable and easy to read rendition available today. John's three letters convey the transformational messages of

  •  Love and
  •  Eternal life
that are the core of spiritual formation. The research that is unique to this commentary provides a new and exciting breakthrough in Bible reading. New and mature Christians alike will benefit from new found clarity concerning some particularly confusing passages.

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Why this book makes a difference: For the first time in the modern era, you can read John's letters in an easily understandable format. This book provides the bridge across the 2,000-year divide created by John's 1st century writing style and the different reading style of the 21st century. Because John presents the essence of Christian theology in only 105 verses of the first letter, this book provides a concise, clear, and readable foundation for reading and study of the rest of the Bible.

Why John's letters makes a difference: John's letters are foundational to Christianity, yet are renowned for being difficult to read. Today's readers may miss where God is explicitly defined as love, where John states eternal life is available during one's lifetime, and where he clearly explains the two requirements for abiding eternally with God. Scholars still debate the meaning of such crucial passages, but this book will give you the opportunity to see what they mean for yourself.

Why John's words are credible: John is as credible as an author gets. He was the beloved disciple of Jesus, and was eyewitness to his resurrection. He received eternal life directly from Jesus.

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In their second book analyzing and displaying the linguistic (chiastic) structures employed by the Apostle John, Lou and Nicole Mertes graphically portray the writer's structured parallelism to make clearly visible to modern readers the oral and aural signals which forcefully communicated the truth of the Christian gospel to First Century Christians. This structure is an expanding vortex (a "gyre" or spiral) which ascends to ultimate meaning. Because of this presentation, the 133 verses of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John stand out as the most clear and concise expression of the fundamentals of Christian faith and belief in the entire New Testament, making the plan of salvation and the guarantee of immediate eternal life strikingly clear: we must simply believe that Jesus is God's son, fully human and fully divine and resurrected from the dead, and must live a life characterized by God's love, freed from mortal sin. This simple, clear, and convincing presentation of the Gospel is essential reading for all believers and seekers.

David Dickerson
Professor of English and V.P. for Academic Affairs, Emeritus, Seattle and Judson Universities

I can honestly say that no other form of Bible study has implanted Scripture as firmly in my mind as this method has.

B J Fandrich
Stephen Minister
Olympia, WA

Seize Life and Now and Forever! speaks to the full spectrum of readers, from the minimally churched to avid students of the Bible, to reveal John's explanation of eternal life and what God's plan is for each of us. John clearly states eternal life is here now and he outlines what to do to receive it.

I felt exhilarated by the incredible love and hope John's words emanate, as the Merteses display them, which is in accordance with the understanding the listeners of John's time would have had. This well researched book will positively change lives for the Lord!

Bill Fronk
Retired executive and mentor
Glen Ellyn, IL

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