Because He First Loved Us
An Exegesis of 1 John 4:7-21 within the Context of 1 John
by Tami Jelinek
This paper is an exegetically based discussion of 1 John 4:7-21 contextualized within a rhetorical and theological analysis of the epistle. Part one identifies some of the central theological themes of John’s letter and how these themes are supported by his rhetoric; part two is a short exegesis of a selected passage, 4:7-21, including an appreciation for this passage’s function within the epistle as a whole; and part three is a theological reflection on the selected passage and its application to life within the church in America today.
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Tami Jelinek holds a Master of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. Tami and her husband of twenty-nine years, Keith, reside in Auburn Hills, Michigan. They have three grown children. Tami’s personal passion is theology: the knowledge and experience of the Truth and Mercy found only in the person and work of Jesus Christ, and displayed in the lives and communion of His people. Exploring portraits of Christ and His kingdom in the Old Testament is the primary focus of her studies. Tami is active in various service projects with non-profit human service agencies in the Detroit area. Tami and Keith also love to travel, and fill their home with friends and family who share their fondness for good food, good wine, and great conversation.