Why did John write his first epistle?

JP: From the ESV Study Bible introductory article on 1st John (see previous post):

… on several counts it is highly letter-like, as seen from the expressed motive of shared joy (1:4), the repeated mentions of the act and purpose of writing to his recipients (13 uses of the Gk. verb “I write”),

Using the online resources of Biblegateway.com and BlueletterBible.com one can dig deeper into this:

Biblegateway.com search for “write” and “written” in 1 John

blueletterbible.org search for Greek γράφω (graphō) (some overlap with other NT books)

So why did John write the epistle? Click the above links for answers!

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